WSU Tri-Cities alumna makes first donation to school’s inclusion center
RICHLAND, Wash. — This holiday season, a WSU Tri-Cities alumna is gifting her family members with a gift that gives back.
Akanna Poor, who will officially graduate in May, is donating $500 to the school’s new MOSAIC Center for Student Inclusion in honor of her aunt and uncle.
Poor said her aunt and uncle helped her overcome a difficult situation and be able to move from the Midwest to come to the Tri-Cities and attend college. They even helped her get her driver’s license and buy her first car.
She credits them with her recent achievement, and that’s in part why she decided to donate to the new center. Poor wanted to find a way to not only honor what they had done for her but to continue that legacy for other students who may not have that support.
“They sacrificed their time. They sacrificed their money. They sacrificed their own wants and dreams,” Poor said. “I picked the MOSAIC Center because I knew they were going to invest and be a resource for students who may not have the support, just as my aunt and uncle did for me.”
Poor earned her associate of arts degree from Columbia Basin College before working toward a degree in social sciences at WSU Tri-Cities, and she said her passion for social issues stems back to the actions of her aunt and uncle.
After finishing her coursework this December, Poor plans to walk with her fellow WSU Tri-Cities graduates at the commencement ceremony in May. Following graduation, Poor plans apply to law schools and pursue a career in social justice.