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Helen K. Thomas commentary on African American cultural practices featured in the Seattle Times

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For a front-page Easter-edition feature on black women and Sunday hats, the Seattle Times drew on the expertise of IAS alum Helen K. Thomas (16, Cultural Studies).

“It’s important to acknowledge,” says Thomas, “that we did not always have authority over our own selves and our own bodies, clothes, hair or looks. We were not, as black women, always afforded the luxury of adorning ourselves. So for us, there is something about wearing a hat that is deep."

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Maximilian Dixon shares his career journey in emergency management

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IAS alum Maximilian Dixon ('11, Environmental Studies) visited with Jennifer Atkinson’s students to share his career path in disaster preparedness and mitigation.  Maximilian is the Earthquake Program Manager for the Washington State Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (WA EMD). He manages the Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano Programs and is responsible for coordinating the seismic and associated hazard risk reduction efforts between federal, state, tribal, and local partners with a goal of increasing community resilience. He staffs the ...

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Policy Studies alumni discuss their career paths with students

Nate Brown, Natasha Hundley, and Brandon Mayfield

Alums Nate Brown (’13), Natasha Hundley (’07), and Brandon Mayfield (’10) recently visited campus to discuss their career trajectories, how they’ve applied policy studies to their professional roles, and resources they maximized as students. 

Nate Brown is a Research Coordinator at the Center for Education Data and Research (CEDR). Nate entered education research following ...

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Dan Berger's Captive Nation featured in Social Justice

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IAS faculty member Dan Berger wrote and spoke about his award-winning book Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era recently. The journal Social Justice published a review forum on the book in its latest issue, with commentary from Sarah Haley, Toussaint Losier, and Waldo Martin as well as an author's response from Berger. He also ...

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Rob Turner speaks about Promises to Keep: Environmental Racism

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IAS faculty member Rob Turner was honored to be an invited speaker on April 22 at the 6th Annual North Puget Sound Conference on Race sponsored by the Communities of Color Coalition.  The conference theme this year was Promises to Keep: Environmental Racism.  

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