Leading, working, representing UW Bothell
Tanya Kumar, president of the Associated Students of the University of Washington Bothell for the 2016-17 year, graduated after winter quarter 2018 with a degree in Law, Economics and Public Policy, and with a minor in Human Rights.
During her four years on campus, Kumar interned at T-Mobile, participated in UW Bothell’s Washington, D.C., Human Rights Seminar and traveled to India twice.
As a result of those meaningful experiences, Kumar values teamwork, enjoys public speaking and is passionate about human rights. She said she also treasures the relationships she developed with faculty, staff and fellow students at UW Bothell.
“I think that collaborative support coming from the school really helped direct me to places I could have never imagined,” she said.
At T-Mobile, Kumar worked as a cybersecurity intern, largely in teams that deal with wireless industry policies and compliance. She sat on working groups affiliated with agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission.
In India, she met people who inspired her plans after graduation. “I worked with diverse stakeholders that fought for gender equality at a holistic level,” Kumar said.
The human rights seminar also left a strong impression on her. “I visited various agencies in Washington, D.C., that worked to combat worldwide human rights violations,” she said. “That truly empowered and validated the reality of my potentially working in the human-rights sector.”
Kumar now plans to work full time in the corporate or legal sector. In time, she’d like to return to school at a university where she could earn a law degree and MBA at the same time.
Adding the Husky 100 to her achievements is unbelievable, she said.
“It essentially made me feel I have achieved the goals the University has for all its students,” Kumar said. “It humbles me to know that I am representing UW Bothell and UW as an example of a leader, explorer and someone who took advantage of her moment at the University.”