Katharine Wishnia is the student member of the board of trustees. A native Oregonian from the greater Portland area, Katharine Wishnia attended Oregon Connections Academy, an online high school program. She received her diploma a year early at the age of 17, graduating in 2017 with a 4.17 GPA. During her high school years, Wishnia was an active volunteer, teaching taekwondo for children and adults in her community. To complement her online curriculum, Wishnia participated in school social clubs, pursued interests in the fine arts and photography, and began working for her family’s laptop repair business.
As an undergraduate student in the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon, Wishnia is studying political science, business administration and psychology. Wishnia is actively involved in several on-campus clubs often serving in leadership roles, including: previous vice president of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Student Council; and incoming president and previous social media chair of the Student Mental Health Advocates. A Pathway Oregon scholarship recipient, Wishnia in turn serves as a Pathway peer mentor to newer Pathway students.
In 2018, Wishnia was awarded the Clark Honors College Diversity Award for her work enforcing and improving the university’s (IDEAL) framework for inclusion, diversity, evaluation, achievement and leadership. In June 2019, Wishnia was also honored as one of 25 Ducks, an award created by the Daily Emerald and Student Alumni Association, that aims at recognizing 25 University of Oregon students for their dedication to helping the student body. Through her service as a trustee, Wishnia endeavors to continue working to improve student access, and to improve opportunities for students facing adversity and those from historically underrepresented backgrounds.