Zivya Sutton

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Washington & Jefferson College

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Economic Opportunity
Zivya Sutton is in her second year at Washington & Jefferson college pursuing a double major in International Studies and Economics with a concentration in Conflict Resolution Studies. In addition to her studies, Zivya is an involved leader on the W&J campus. She is a member of the Student Government Association as the Secretary and student liaison to Academic Affairs, serves as a Matthew Brown Fellow, and was the Student Coordinator for new student orientation for the Fall of 2020. She is also involved in Greek life as well as several clubs and organizations. Zivya has always had a passion for growing as a leader and helping the community in which she lives. In 2011 she had her first experience volunteering by helping to create a therapeutic horseback riding program assisting individuals with disabilities. This experience inspired her to seek opportunities to become involved in community activities and organizations, some being Habitat for Humanity, Produce to People, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Her deepest passion is working on issues related to immigration rights and advocacy. This interest stemmed from a two-week travel course in Arizona during which Zivya participated in humanitarian aid training and worked with nonprofit organizations assisting migrant communities. Combining her academic interest and passion for enhancing the experience of others, she strives to continue to find opportunities to learn and grow.