CUSP Presents Newsletter

Issue 12

World Languages Cafe Launch

Come join us in the Food For Thought cafe for our biweekly informal conversation group to practice foreign languages and engage with speakers from across campus and the community. Sessions begin at 4:30pm.

Upcoming Sessions:
February 12th &26th
March 12th & 26th

Tables will be designated according to language and participants can choose the most appropriate table to join. Discussion is free-flowing, with no specific topics. Languages (to start): Chinese, Spanish, French, Arabic, Japanese, and Korean.

All members of UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College are welcome!
For more information, please contact Natalia Dyba, Manager of Global Initiatives, at

Federal Dream Act

Come join Congresswoman Susan Del Bene, from the First Congressional District at an event focused on the Federal DREAM Act. This act would give a pathway to legal residency and citizenship for undocumented students who meet certain criteria.  and hear undocumented students tell their stories. Students who are not DREAMers, but support this issue are strongly encouraged to attend.

This event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20th from 10:30-11:30AM in the Rose Room UW1 Room 180.

The Federal DREAM Act is important because currently undocumented students live in fear of deportation, don’t have access to possible resources such as FAFSA, and cannot live regular lives. These feelings are still present even with the discretionary action given by President Obama on June 15, 2012. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is only a temporary band aid to this issue, which is only given for a period of two years.

For more information or questions about the event, please contact Ray Corona, Diversity Outreach and Recruitment Lead at

Undergraduate Research Opportunity

The Undergraduate Research Program is pleased to announce that we're now accepting applications for the 2013 Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities (SIAH)!

Application deadline: March 22 at 5pm

This year's theme is OUTBREAK! Reimagining Death and Life, Disease and Health.

Students will develop original research projects that re-depict or re-tell
the story of a particular outbreak in ways that challenge traditional borders of life and death, health and disease, security and danger. Research products might take diverse forms, including essays, art, maps, multimedia exhibits, or a zine.

Eligibility: UW (Bothell, Seattle, & Tacoma) undergraduates from any
arts, humanities, or social science majors are encouraged to apply.

  • SIAH selects and supports 20 undergraduates to engage in intensive

  • Research projects under the guidance of four interdisciplinary instructors.

  • Selected students are named Mary Gates Scholars and receive a Mary Gates
    Research Scholarship of $4000 to help defray the costs of participation.

  • Participants enroll in 12 academic credits for this full-time research immersion experience.

2013 Teaching Team:

  • Luke Bergmann, Assistant Professor, Geography,

  • María Elena García, Associate Professor, Comparative History of Ideas and Jackson School of International Studies,

  • Celia Lowe, Associate Professor, Anthropology,

  • Matthew Sparke, Professor, Geography, Jackson School of International Studies, and Global Health,

The Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities selects and supports twenty UW undergraduates (Seattle, Bothell, & Tacoma) to engage in intensive research projects under the guidance of four interdisciplinary faculty on the UW Seattle campus. Last year four UW Bothell Students were selected to participate in the twelve student seminar

The research will take place this summer from June 24-August 23, 2013.

Questions? Contact the Undergraduate Research Program at: | 206.543.4282 or visit

Dine & Dialogue Series: Cultural Values

Have you ever wondered about the beliefs and values of others? What truly defines a person's identity? Come and join the Diversity Programmers at the first ever Dine and Dialogue Series! The first session will be dealing with cultural values and beliefs.

At this session, we will be answering questions such as: "What was it like growing up? and "How have your cultural values and beliefs made you the person you are today?"
For this specific dialogue session, many cultural organizations and clubs have been invited to express their own values and beliefs as well. Remember, that not only will we be providing great dialogue but free dinner as well!

Thursday, Feb 21st, 4-6pm, LBA-003

The purpose of these series is to provide safe spaces for dialogue about topics regarding the intersections of identity. By the end of the session, participants will come out feeling more culturally enriched and self-aware than they were before through the use of storytelling. Participants will share their own stories about their cultural values and beliefs.

As a result, attendees will:

  • Compare and contrast cultural differences and similarities

  • Appreciate individual differences and universal similarities

  • Values individual differences

  • Acknowledge that others have a perspective on issues other than their own

For any questions or concerns, please contact Sha'terika Perkins ( or Chelsea Lubong (


The Office of Research would like to invite students, faculty, staff and the general public to the Winter Quarter Research-In-Progress seminars. Refreshments served and stimulating discussions guaranteed!

 “What is in a Name?: Immigrant Journalism in a Digital Age ”
Kristin Gustafson, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Tuesday, February 12, 4-5 pm, Library LB1-205

Abstract: Published more than 90 years ago, The Immigrant Press and Its Control by Robert Park (1922) is a pivotal text in the communication field. The research presented in this Research in Progress previews the use of “immigrant” and “ethnic” media in communication literature over time and reveals conflation and overlap in their uses. It argues for a more nuanced understanding of immigrant media, particularly in light of changes in media distribution brought about in the digital age. Drawing on 27 interviews with editors, journalists and publishers recruited through the New America Media directory of ethnic media in three areas of the country with different immigration histories and profiles (New York City; Seattle, Washington; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina), this research outlines common themes in media producers’ personal descriptions of “immigrant” media. These themes are synthesized to offer a more up-to-date definition, laying the groundwork for future research on the uses, functions and content of immigrant media.

“Race, Taxes and Rights: Taxpayer Identity and the Structure of Racial Inequality”
Camille Walsh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Tuesday, February 19th, 4-5 pm, Library LB1-205

Abstract: This project examines how the identity of “taxpayer” has helped structure racial inequality in post-Civil War U.S. history. In particular, this research argues that taxes were frequently deployed as a currency of citizenship in segregated schooling cases and debates throughout this period – regardless of whether legal rights actually attached to taxpayer identity claims. From African Americans seeking equal education to white supremacists defending segregation, an imagined legal identity as taxpaying citizens ultimately constructed and facilitated racialized educational inequality by implying that educational access should rightfully be linked to parents’ or racial communities’ formal tax liability. This discussion examines archival sources from letters to court opinions to media in order to trace the conflation of the categories of taxpayer and citizen as an alibi for racialized inequality in the 20th century. 

Job Opportunities

Want to make $12.39/hour in a fun work environment? UW Bothell Learning Technologies (a unit of Information Technologies) is looking to hire a UW student hourly worker to assist in the daily operations of the department. We are looking for responsible and organized individuals who have a positive attitude, are willing to learn new things, and are able to work independently.

Check out the job announcement linked below:

NEW (National Education for Women) Leadership

NEW Leadership at the University of Washington Seattle is recruiting for our June 2013 Institute. We encourage you to nominate a woman you feel is particularly inclined to benefit from this program.

Click here to nominate an undergraduate woman leader. We are currently accepting graduate AND undergraduate women.

The 2013 NEW Leadership Institute will be held from Monday, June 17th – Saturday, June 22nd at the University of Washington- Seattle campus. Please contact us at or call 206-685-1090 with questions regarding the program.

Apply online for the June 2013 Institute at the following link:

What is the National Education for Women ?
An intensive six-day institute open to undergraduate and graduate women attending two-year or four-year institutions in the region or to those with residence in Washington State.

The NEW Leadership Curriculum is Designed To:

  • Cultivate leadership skills

  • Teach women about the realities of politics and policy making

  • Learn how to be an effective part of the political process

  • Connect participants with women leaders who make a difference in civic life and the public sphere

  • Help students explore the demands and rewards of leadership in a diverse society

  • Empower students to practice leadership through action

During the institute, students will:

  • Meet with interesting and active women who are leaders in their communities, in non-profit organizations, in the local and state government, and businesses

  • Receive skills training on public speaking, fundraising, negotiation & conflict resolution, diversity and networking

  • Develop valuable social networks with peers and mentors

Graduates of the Institute will receive information and assistance to help them continue to grow as leaders through involvement with the NEW Leadership Alumnae

School of Business: BBUS 211 & 215

Premajor Courses offered in Bellevue.
Broaden your experience and Husky Pride by taking business prerequisite courses this Spring quarter at the School of Business satellite location - ELC in Bellevue.

 Benefits include:
• Collegial business program learning environment
• Same great UWB instructors
• Free parking at ELC!

Check it out
ELC-Bellevue Classroom Location and Directions:
Eastside Leadership Center (ELC)
2515 140th Ave. NE, Ste E-100, Bellevue, 98005

Register Spring 2013
Through MyUW for one or more of the following courses to be held at the ELC-Bellevue:

BBUS 215
Introduction Business Statistics (5 cr)
Tuesday, Thursday
SLN 20066

BBUS 211
Principles Managerial Accounting (5 cr)
Tuesday, Thursday
SLN 20065

Northwest College Film Festival

The Shoreline Community College Film Club will be hosting the 2nd annual Northwest College Film Festival on Saturday May 4, 2013 in the SCC theater.

We invite submissions of short films and screenplays (under 20 minutes/pages) from students attending or recently graduated from colleges in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska.

Submissions need to be postmarked or uploaded to Vimeo by April 1st. More information about the festival and a link to the application form are available on SCCʼs website:

There will be prizes given out to the winners from our amazing community partners:

  • The Seattle International Film Festival

  • The Northwest Film Forum

  • Reel Grrls

  • The Grand Illusion Cinema

  • Scarecrow Video

  • Cinema Books

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Ruth Gregory, Lecturer, CUSP at or

CUSP Faculty Highlight: David Nixon

The Family Man: David Nixon

Age 39
Neighborhood Columbia City
Hometown Seattle
Most recent book NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Favorite movies Raiders of The Lost Ark, Brazil, Harold and Maude
Hero David Byrne

David Nixon has spent his public life in the world of ambiguity and abstraction, creating multi-disciplinary theatrical productions and playing with the performance art bands “Awesome” and the Half Brothers. For years, he explored existential terrain without getting too personal. Then his life took over.

“I remember back in college, when I was studying acting, and I just hated it when people barfed their personal crap onto the stage and called it art,” he says. “I was like, ‘Get a therapist already!’ And now here I am making art out of my most personal stories. But I don’t really steer this train, and this seems to be where it’s going these days.”

A longtime polymath with a scatter of influences, Nixon has recently embraced film as his medium of choice and family as his subject. The results are strange, funny and touching films that have turned Nixon into a standout.

Last summer he released the 24-minute musical film, The Shelf, in which he explores the disparities between his hapless brother and his talented self with grace. In November he premiered parts of Bladfold, an animated film about his father, Brad Nixon, the charismatic leader of the Northwest’s Nichiren Buddhism movement of the late-’60s. A finished version of that film will be released in the spring. Nixon will also likely be taking a lot of home videos of his newborn son, Jules.

“It does feel like there’s a whole new world opening up,” he says. “Partly it’s because I’m doing more stuff that’s solo or led by me, as opposed to being part of artistic collectives. I’ve always loved creating art collaboratively, but I get to take bigger risks when it’s my project.”

In 2013, Nixon will also be the Scholar in Residence at Seattle’s Town Hall, a role that will culminate in a performance late this year.

Photo by Dylan Priest.