Baldwin City, Kansas (Oct. 18, 2018)—Blythe Smith, a senior from Wichita, Kansas, has earned Baker University’s Student Leader of the Month distinction for September based on their leadership skills as president of Total Equality Alliance (TEA) and support of the Holt-Russel Gallery and Theatre Department.

As president of TEA, a body of LGBT+ students and allies committed to building community and a safer campus for all, Smith is in charge of planning events for the organization. Smith says it takes many months of planning to ensure a successful semester.

Smith’s nominator stated the following: “Blythe arranged for a popular trans comic artist to come to speak on campus and planned several meetings already. They’ve been working in the gallery behind the scenes to make sure all of the art on campus is accounted for. They’re also working with theatre on costumes for its coming show, in charge of designing two of the character’s costumes.”

Smith will graduate in December of 2019 with majors in psychology, history, and French, and possibly a minor in studio art and plans to attend graduate school. Smith will miss Baker University and all it offers, but they’re excited to move forward working with the LGBT community.

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