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Inclusive Excellence Student Council

What is the IESC?

The existence of the Inclusive Excellence Student Council (IESC) is to imagine and co-create a campus where all students are safe to express their full humanity and are treated equitably.

The IESC represents and advocates for historically and systemically marginalized communities and students; advises community stakeholders, as well as faculty, administration, and student organizations; and maintains healthy relationships and connections with all entities on campus to create a welcoming environment and enhance the educational experience at Boise State University. The way the IESC does that is through working/creating on campus policies.

The IESC was created to continue the legacy of student activists who advocated for their existence within institutions that failed marginalized communities from being able to access a culturally relevant education that de-centers white supremacy, trans bigotry, homophobia, classism, sexism, xenophobia, ageism, and ableism.

Esperansa Gomez (she/her/hers)

Vice President of Inclusive Excellence

Esperansa was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and is majoring in social work. When Esperansa is not in classes or at work, she loves listening to music and dancing for fun! She also enjoys going to the movie theatre, watching Netflix, and values time spent with friends. She also has a weiner dog named, Pedro. Another hobby of Esperansas’ is attending rallies in the Boise community and learning about the needs and passions of others. That hobby is one of the reasons why Esperansa joined the Inclusive Excellence Student Council. Esperansa acknowledges that not everything is equitable for marginalized students in our community. She wants to use the privileges she has for the greater good and represent and advocate on behalf of others. Because she knows that when diversity is acknowledged, accepted, and cared for, we can have more beautiful ideas and opportunities for one another. Esperansas’ office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm and Fridays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Feel free to schedule an appointment using her online calendar.



Nisha Newton (she/her/hers)

Inclusive Excellence Student Council Member

Nisha is in her final year of studies at Boise State. She is majoring in History, Secondary Education, & Sociology, but also loves traveling. After graduation, she plans on teaching abroad. When Nisha is not engaged in schoolwork, she likes to unwind by going to the gym and listening to music. In her free time, you can typically find her working out or arranging a (fire) playlist on Spotify. She loves to be active, to find joy, and to spread joy, but activism is her #1 passion. For that reason, Nisha has found her home in the Inclusive Excellence Student Council. With the IESC team, she especially loves sparking liberation. If you see her around campus, please reach out & say hello! Whether it’s about getting involved or nothing about Boise State, it’s always her pleasure to meet new members of the community!



Dehra Mcfaddan (she/her/hers)

Inclusive Excellence Student Council Member

Dehra is a senior majoring in Social Work with a Mediation and Dispute Resolution Certificate. Since she will be graduating soon, she is planning on being a licensed Social Worker for a while before she goes to graduate school. For the past few years on campus, she has gotten really involved with activism, leading educational workshops, and trying to help improve campus life. When she is not working or doing school work, she loves to be with friends and family, hiking, and spending as much time with animals as possible. She’s a lover of books, movies, and tv shows. If you see her on campus fill free to say hello and tell her about what shows or song artists you are currently obsessed with. Dehra loves to meet new people and create safe places on campus for all identities to feel welcome.  



Tanyka Begaye (she/her/hers)

Inclusive Excellence Student Council Member

Tanyka is a Native American student in her third year at Boise State University. She is from the Navajo tribe near the four corners area and currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She is studying elementary education with an endorsement in mathematics and literature as well as a minor in Native American studies. Her favorite pastimes include listening to music, reading books, baking new recipes, bowling, and hanging out with her friends and family. This will be her second year on the council and she wishes to advocate for marginalized communities and those who feel silenced to create a more inclusive and safe environment for all. She hopes to help spark change on campus and in her own community.


Bibiana Ortiz (they/them/theirs)

Inclusive Excellence Student Council Member

Born and raised in the Treasure Valley, Bibiana is a second year student from Nampa, Idaho. Currently a bit between majors, they are certain to minor in Korean within the next couple of years. You can find Bibiana busy each day working out, reading Yesika Salgados work, singing R&B covers of Cardi B, and binging their favorite Korean dramas. This summer was their summer of liberation which consisted of readings by authors such as Roxane Gay, Sandra Cisneros, Edwin Bodney and more, cutting off almost twenty-four inches of hair, flying on a plane for the first time, starting a dance movement at a national conference, and operating within a new module of life: Love is a revolutionary act. On our campus, every single students voice and experiences matters. Bibiana wants to commit that through the Inclusive Excellence Student Council [IESC], all students wholly feel that they are able to recognize and exercise that right. As part of the IESC, their goal is to advocate for the revision and adjustment of marginalizing policy to ensure that historically marginalized students can more freely practice that right – that Boise State is their campus in which they can celebrate and be themselves, unapologetically. They want to assist their campus in progressing towards equitable changes. With the projects Bibiana wants to accomplish, they will be steadfast to speak the truth to justice, follow their passion, give grace to others, and love.