Auriana Mitchell, Trustee
Original Appointment: July 1, 2021
Term Expires: June 30, 2022
Hometown: Cheney, WA
Auriana Mitchell was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee as the 23rd EWU Student Trustee, at the age of 18, in July of 2021. Auriana brings experience from not only her three years at EWU, but additionally, as a third generation EWU student and local to the Cheney area, with an understanding of the community and EWU as a whole.
Auriana started attending Eastern Washington University at the age of 16 through Running Start. She has senior standing and is working toward her Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics, with minors in Mathematics and Spanish (completed in 2020). She has worked in the EWU Developmental Math Lab since 2019 and is still extremely passionate about helping others in math, a subject she greatly struggled with in high school. In the 2020-2021 school year she worked for the Eastern Washington University College Assistance Migrant Program (EWU CAMP) as a mentor/tutor. Her junior (standing) year she was the Vice-President of the S&A Fee committee where she helped designate over $4 million in funds through 19 programs.
Personally, she has her own photography business where she provides seniors and families with beautiful portraits. She is also an avid performer of the National Anthem, performing at many events including The Spokane Interstate Fair, multiple Spokane Indians Baseball games, and the 2017 WIAA Football State Championship in the Tacoma Dome. In the summer, you can find her wake surfing with her family, where she will one day perfect her 360. Legend has it, in the winter, she can be found holed up in her room, behind a pile of statistics and math books with “Friends” playing on repeat.
“I am truly honored to represent my fellow students on the Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees. If you had told me my sophomore year in high school, before I started Running Start, that I would soon be not only on this Board, but tutoring math, I could have laughed you out of any room. I truly became who I am because of EWU. Because of the professors who convinced me I could make it through calculus when I was in math 104, or the faculty who pushed me to ask the hard questions and dig deeper on the S&A Fee committee. EWU is my home, my family, and my community. I look forward to representing the EWU community through thick and thin, and hope I make you all proud. Go Eags!”
Auriana hopes to be accessible to the entire community and encourages you to email her at email@example.com and to say hi when you see her on campus. She is passionate about answering questions, and hearing concerns not only among her fellow students but everyone in the EWU family. Additionally, she promises she does not bite, and that she is just another student like all her peers.