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Meet Sociology's Valedictorian for 2023!

Rachel Macdonald Sumsion

Rachel Macdonald Sumsion majored in sociology and completed minors in business, international development, and nonprofit management. During her time at BYU, she worked as a teaching and research assistant in the Sociology Department, and interned as a consultant. Rachel contributed to various research projects, published papers, and presented posters about social impacts, innovation, community, food insecurity, volunteerism, and first-generation college students. Rachel was actively involved with the Ballard Center and contributed her sociological perspective and research skills to a Social Impact Project.

She looks forward to continuing her studies at BYU this fall as a master’s student in the Public Administration program. Rachel is grateful to her mentors, professors, colleagues, family, and friends for their encouragement and support. She grew up in Lehi, Utah, and served a mission in Calgary, Canada. In her free time, Rachel loves running and being with her husband.

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