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Alumni Achievements

Kat Duarte

Major: Computer Science
Current Position: Duarte is an analyst in trust and safety at Google in Mountain View, Calif. She works to build user trust and to protect users.

Why Whitworth? "During my visit to Whitworth I had a one-on-one with a professor who said, ‘This isn't about Whitworth or the degree you want. This is about who you are in your heart. Let's talk about that.' It was the first time touring schools that someone deeply cared about me as an individual and spent an hour talking about life advice. Genuine kindness and a sense of community became something I longed for, and no other school was offering that."

Whitworth Activities: Duarte was involved with Whitworth Speech & Debate and the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Club.

Influential Whitworth Professor: "Michael Ingram, or Coach, as the speech & debate team calls him, gave me a voice, the most powerful gift a mentor could ever give. I was 20 years old and tightly gripping a microphone on a brightly lit stage – I was petrified. Fifteen minutes prior I had been asked to speak to CEOs and directors of tech companies. This was the moment we had been training for, so I lifted the mic and my nerves disappeared. I look fondly back on this memory because it was the first of many times I would step onto a stage to speak. Coach got me a seat at the table."

Career Goals: "I want to solve hard problems and be surrounded by people who can teach me something new. For the short term, I plan to pivot into program management. Long term I want to shift into a vice president or director role. Only 1.8 percent of leadership at Google is LatinX (Google diversity report) – that is the kind of statistic I take as a challenge. I want to defy the odds."

Other Recent Alums

  • Colleen Forbes is a program manager at Microsoft in Bellevue, Wash. She is pursuing a master's degree in library and information science at the University of Washington.
  • Andrew Dodge is a biostatician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He earned a master's degree in biostatistics from Georgetown University.
  • Oliver Rudnicki is a financial analyst at Wells Fargo in Spokane.
  • Jose Oronia is a software engineer at T-Mobile in Snoqualmie, Wash.
  • Flannery Allen is a math teacher at Kentridge High School in Kent, Wash.
  • Kelsey Marcinko is studying applied mathematics at the University of Washington, where she earned a master of science degree and is working toward a Ph.D.