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Khiarica Rasheed

School

Northern Arizona University

Position
Forward
Major
Communication Studies

Classroom

Rasheed is a three-time Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award recipient from NAU, as well as a three-time Big Sky All-Academic selection. Rasheed’s performance in the classroom helped her team rank among in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll.

Character

Rasheed has been an outspoken member of the NAU program, seeking to draw attention to social and racial injustices across the nation while encouraging people across the country to vote. The program has put together videos supporting the Black Lives Matter moment, supporting people’s use of their right to vote and of the a Unity March through campus on Election Day with Rasheed as an integral part of all of these efforts. Additionally, Rasheed helped inspire the team to read On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by DeRay Mckesson and generate group activities and discussions as a result. Through their reading, the team elected to post stories of racial injustices on its social media accounts in order to spread awareness of stories some may not be aware. Rasheed’s leadership through these discussions, and her desire to make a difference in the NAU and Flagstaff communities, is what she has said she is most proud of during her time with the Lumberjacks.

Community

While some of this has also been listed above, Rasheed has participated in NAU’s MLK Jr. Day of Service during her time with the Lumberjacks, as well as NAU’s celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

Competition

The Big Sky Conference Preseason MVP, Rasheed is one of the best players in the conference, if not the best, as she enters her senior season. An All-Big Sky first team honoree last season, Rasheed has won four Big Sky Player of the Week honors while also now ranking inside the top 10 of multiple all-time NAU lists. Among them is her place among the top 10 in all-time points scored, where Rasheed recently moved to fourth, and the all-time rebounding list where Rasheed now ranks fifth.