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Miranda Alexander, a student in Barrett, The Honors College at the Arizona State University West campus, has been recognized for her community involvement and dedication to helping others.
She was recently given the ASU West Black History Month Student Pioneer Award, which recognizes seniors at ASU whose contributions exemplify excellence and who have demonstrated leadership and service to ASU and the greater Phoenix African-American community.
“I think we are all connected and giving back to the community, whether local or global, affects us all. That’s why it’s important to care for our community,” said Alexander, a senior majoring in communication with a Spanish minor. She is set to receive a bachelor’s degree in May and will remain at the university to complete a master’s degree in communication studies.
Alexander is the founder of Girls’ Talk, an ASU student organization that provides support and facilitates community among all women at ASU. The organization hosts bi-weekly themed conversations and general meetings, involvement opportunities including volunteer service, art and cultural field trips, research sharing, and internship information.
The group also hosts wellness events, conversations with business professionals and faculty, collaborations with other student organizations and departments across ASU’s four campuses, women’s health parties, and movie screenings.
“Girls’ Talk provides the opportunity for students at ASU to learn about and talk about their experiences as women at the university. Everyone has their own unique experience that informs how they see the world. By having interactive and informative discussions, we can share ideas and help each other succeed,” said Alexander, who founded Girls’ Talk in February 2019.
In addition to Girls’ Talk, Alexander is an advisor for the Sun Devil Support Network (SDSN), a peer advocate network for students who have experienced sexual violence.
SDSN advisors are ASU community members who are trained to work with sexual assault survivors and provide support and information about legal, medical, and psychological resources available on and off campus.
“I’m dedicated to working with students who have or are experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault and connecting them with helpful resources,” Alexander said.
Alexander also works with ASU Career and Professional Development Services and ASU Housing as a Career Peer in Residence. In this role, she assists students with resume and cover letter writing and job interviewing skills.
A study abroad trip in 2019 inspired Alexander to want to attend law school. That summer, Alexander studied human rights and economic issues in Argentina, as well as volunteered for a children’s orphanage and worked with the homeless population in Colombia.
“I got to see the world from a different perspective. Learning how people are oppressed really struck a nerve in me as a black woman. I decided I would like to study law, mental health and community health so I can stand up for people who are forgotten by the system,” said Alexander, who plans to apply to law schools this year.