CBLR Fellows 2016-2017
Shima Abadi, Ph.D.
School of STEM Engineering and Mathematics Division
Project: Partnership Development for Ocean Engineering and Research Impact
Shima Abadi aims to develop an underwater sensor network in collaboration with the School of Oceanography at UW Seattle for her Ocean Engineering course. UW Bothell students will design, build, and deploy several sensors at the ERIS cabled observatory off the dock of the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington Seattle to collect long term data that will be made public for environmental monitoring purposes. This cross-disciplinary collaboration will help students to learn the ocean engineering concepts better and expand their job opportunities in the Pacific Northwest area. This partnership will also enhance the relationship between two campuses and will facilitate the future collaboration between the ocean engineering program in UW Bothell and the School of Oceanography at UW Seattle. Shima aims to explore other partnerships through this project such as with NOAA, WA STATE, and Department of Transportation.
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Project: Archival community-based research with Social Justice Fund
Through the Fellowship, Elyse Gordon will develop a community-based research project with the Seattle nonprofit Social Justice Fund (SJF), which supports grassroots organizing across the Northwest. As SJF prepares for their 40th anniversary, students in BIS 393: Reimagining Nonprofits and BIS 340: Approaches to Cultural Research will learn and practice archival and qualitative research techniques that advance the mission and reach of Social Justice Fund. This collaboration will result in artifacts for SJF to use that highlight their historical impact across the northwest, between social movements, and spanning multiple decades. Students will be learning about the history and scope of the nonprofit sector while directly contributing to a regional nonprofit invested in supporting people of color and rural led grassroots organizations fighting for equity and social justice.
Jason Naranjo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Special Education
School of Educational Studies
Project: Understanding Transition Education through Community-Based Research
Through this Fellowship, Jason Naranjo will deepen an existing research-practice partnership with Everett Public Schools in the area of special education. This work will focus on a district wide study of teacher knowledge and professional practice in secondary special education and school-to-community transition for youth with disabilities. This project has been co-designed with the partner school district. The goal of this work is gauge both general and special educator’s professional knowledge about teaching and planning practices that support inclusion and positive long-term outcomes for youth with disabilities. The results from this work will inform policy and practice in Everett Public Schools and also contribute to the scholarly literature in this area of inquiry
First Year and Pre-Major Program
Project: Sustainable and Just Cities
During the fellowship, Ian Porter will work on two projects. His main project is the redesign of his BWRIT134 Interdisciplinary Writing course into a hybrid and community-engaged course based on the topic of Sustainable and Just Cities. The course will focus on broader discourses of urban sustainability while giving students first-hand experience working with organizations on the front lines of this movement in the Seattle metro area. Such a project requires strong, reciprocal partnerships with community organizations and careful crafting of assignments and activities that fit well in a hybrid course (50% in-class, 50% online or out-of-class). Such a redesign embodies the value of praxis as a synthesis of thinking, writing, making, and doing in service of a more equitable and just world.
Second, he will initiate an oral history project that seeks to document the stories of individuals and organizations in the Seattle area who promote urban sustainability and justice in the context of rapid urban transformation. He will use the fellowship as an opportunity to define the oral history project goals, connect with individuals and organizations in the area, and create a detailed plan for recording and archiving the oral histories in a publicly-accessible and engaging format.
Jade Power-Sotomayor, Ph.D.
School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Project: Circles and Cyphers: Engaging Student Bodies through Participatory Arts Practices
This project will develop and nurture already established links between communities engaging in participatory arts practices in the Seattle area (son jarocho, bomba, etc.) and classroom spaces at UW Bothell. Focusing on arts practices that require embodied participation (as opposed to relating to the material through a distanced and disembodied observation) we will develop curriculum that privileges the embodied pedagogies of select artists and practitioners with whom students will interact both on and off campus. In doing so, we create space for and value corporeality and communality as viable intellectual approaches.
Thea Quiray Tagle, Ph.D.
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Project: Connecting Socially Engaged Artists and the UW Bothell Community
Thea Quiray Tagle wants to develop projects that expand the presence of diverse art and artists around campus, in order to engage students in meaningful conversations about the role that visual art and performance play in larger movements for social transformation. As a scholar who has worked with socially engaged artists and art institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area, Quiray Tagle has learned that mutually fulfilling collaboration between artists, institutions, and communities requires building trust, accountability structures, and relationships over time. As a new resident of Seattle, she plans to use the CBLR fellowship period to research and build those connections in the Seattle metro area’s arts landscape—especially with artists and arts organizations working in the south side of Seattle on issues of racial and environmental justice— with an eye towards collectively brainstorming what socially engaged arts practice looks like, and thinking about how UW Bothell students can become part of those ongoing initiatives.
Greg Tuke, MSW
International Collaborations Facilitator
First Year and Pre-Major Programs
Project: Act Locally, Interact Globally
Most of the major social problems we face locally can only be addressed effectively with an understanding of its global dimensions. And, when we work with others globally, we gain a deeper, more complex picture of the problem and new ideas for solutions that comes from multiple perspectives across cultures and continents. This Fellowship will result in new course designs for local community engagement to integrate into the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses I teach. These COIL courses involve partnering with other universities internationally so that students work in small global teams to help solve specific contemporary social problems such as water pollution, racial discrimination, and climate change. Being able to design COIL courses that provide meaningful community engagement within the limited time available in a course will not only inform my course design, but help me as I train other COIL -interested faculty.