Jenna Rasmussen

“Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out just take another shot.”

Originally from Bakersfield, CA, Jenna Rasmussen began as a photographer intent on capturing the moment and preserving it to connect with her community while documenting history. Seattle Pacific University provided an art base to integrate her photography background with design. While at SPU, Jenna participated in ROTC, which revealed how putting others first could ignite the purpose to build connections with others. After being diagnosed with an unexpected heart condition, her ROTC experience concluded but she was introduced to her life’s mission of empathy-based design in medical care. This has led her to co-lead a team to develop an app for children with diabetes to manage and learn about their diagnosis. Further plans to pursue this project after college in conjunction with Seattle Children’s Hospital are to complete the app. A community builder, Jenna relies on her audience’s experiences to shape her designs and call others to action. She is excited to expand her knowledge on how empathy design affects people emotionally, physically, and cognitively in the future after college in the next chapter of her life.

My Monster Monitor

Did you know there are currently over 240,000 youths in the US that are living with Type 1 Diabetes? This number is expected to grow by over 14,000 in just the next year. My Monster Monitor is an app designed specifically for children. It makes monitoring the information necessary to manage T1D fun and engaging. My Monster Monitor gamifies the data entry process. Unlike current monitoring apps, ours will be focused on building positive habits in children to not only empower them but educate them as well. This year, My Monster Monitor competed in Seattle Pacific University’s Social Venture Business Plan and won first place for its business plan, as well as people’s choice award

Faith, Fear & Title IX Infographic

What do Azusa Pacific, George Fox, and Seattle Pacific University have in common? They are all private chrisitan universities, who prohibit their students from engaging in sexual relationships while living on campus. Despite the universities policies on sex, students do continue to explore their sexuality and unfortunately some of these relationships have turned into sexually violent crimes. According to the 2021 Fire Safety Reports, published by all three universities, their sexual crimes increased by at least 10% from 2018-2019. Shockingly, in 2020, all three universities reported no sexually violent crimes. To challenge these findings a group of college students at Seattle Pacific University set up a private survey and found that students were either too scared to report, didn’t know where to go, or were scared of the outcome.