By Rachel Luna
“My story is important not because it is mine… but because if I tell it anything like right, the chances are you will recognize that in many ways it is yours.” – Frederick Buechner
Before discovering student affairs, I was a print newspaper journalist: I conducted interviews with a pen and notepad, consistently had ink smears on my fingers, and loved the smell of newsprint in the morning. Nowadays, you can usually find me smartphone in hand, somewhere with wifi or 4G reception, and a battery charger (with extension cord) in my bag.
The technologies may have changed, but the connections haven’t. By turning the pages of the newspaper, I met new people, discovered innovative ideas, and kept abreast of current trends – just like I do now by clicking through screens on my phone or computer. Through engaging with other people’s blogs, tweets, and posts, I seek to understand who they are, and in doing so, can better understand who I am. In this way, I most appreciate technology as a tool for community building.
As a new blogger, I’m honored and excited for the opportunity to learn with and from this community. I particularly enjoy exploring tech’s relationship with accessibility, inclusion, and universal design, and am excited to engage in these conversations in this space. I’m also interested in connecting with folks around multiraciality (shout out to ACPA’s Multiracial Network!), sports (curling, anyone?), and penguins (of all shapes and sizes).
Currently, I spend my days at University of the Pacific’s Center for Community Involvement supporting folks in their social justice journeys, leadership development, and community engagement. In June, I’ll be Student Services Coordinator for Samuel Merritt University – San Francisco Peninsula Learning Center. You can follow me on Twitter @RachelHLuna. I look forward to connecting!