Student Profile: Katherine Rainey

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

The Black Alumni Chapter’s e-newsletter regularly features profiles of interesting alumni and students. In the fall issue, get to know current student Katherine Rainey. If you have suggestions for future alumni or student profiles, please email Click here to read the e-newsletter.

Katherine Rainey, the 2013-14 president of the KU Black Student Union (BSU), is a 2011 graduate of Mill Valley High School in Shawnee. She is a junior studying psychology and chemistry, and after graduation she plans to attend medical school and become a psychiatrist.

Katherine RaineyRainey says the BSU has been an essential part of her success and growth, and she credits the BSU with helping her learn more about herself, how to be a better leader and the importance of dedication and hard work. It is her personal goal to reach at least one student in this way.

“BSU hopes to affect not just the black community, but the KU campus as a whole,” Rainey said. “Our vision for the BSU is to serve the campus with cultural, educational and social initiatives as we aim to build leaders, promote unity and contribute to student success. That is why our theme this year is STRIVE, which stands for service, tenacity, reflection, intellect, virtue and excellence. Our hope is that students will find value in these six words and push themselves to be better than their best.”

She believes the time is now for her generation to stand up against societal problems, such as race relations, African-American school retention rates and violence. The BSU hopes to create a place to discuss these problems, come up with solutions and put them into action. “I wish everyone all the best in the coming year,” Rainey said.

If alumni would like to get involved the BSU welcomes their advice and support. Katherine can be reached at

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