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Diane Gillespie connects sleep strategies to community development in West Africa

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Since retiring in 2012, IAS Emerita Professor Diane Gillespie continues to find fulfillment in her work with Tostan, a West African organization that empowers communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights. Tostan’s ground-breaking approach has catalyzed a grassroots movement for the promotion of human rights and the abandonment or harmful practices, such as female genital cutting (FGC) and child marriage.  Gillespie has been involved with Tostan since 1991 when it was founded by her sister, Molly Melching, as chronicled in However Long the Night by Aimee Molloy. Now Gillespie has ...

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Abigail Echo-Hawk discusses sexual violence among urban native Seattle women on KUOW

Abigail Echo-Hawk

IAS alum Abigail Echo-Hawk spoke with KUOW’s Guy Nelson about a 2010 survey of Native women living in the Seattle area. It found that 94 percent had been raped or coerced into sex at some point during their lives. Echo-Hawk directs the Urban Indian Health Institute (UHIHI) in Seattle and holds an M.A. in Policy Studies (’09) and B.A. in American Studies (’07) from UW Bothell. UIHI’s mission is “to decolonize ...

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Shannon Cram participates in Hanford Forum for Shared Conversation

Shannon Cram

IAS faculty member Shannon Cram participated in the annual Hanford Forum for Shared Conversation in August.  The Forum is a three-day event that brings 40-50 people together each year to have open, insightful discussions about cleanup at Washington State's Hanford Nuclear Reservation.  Cram is ...

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Andrea Downs advances her career in special education

Andrea Downs

IAS Alum Andrea (Sweerus) Downs has worked in special education for close to ten years, specializing in emotional behavioral disabilities. Downs has advocated for equity, changes in discipline polices, and equal access to educational supports and environments. Since leaving the classroom, she has worked as a behavior specialist and program facilitator for both Everett and Seattle Public Schools, and most recently, accepted a position as the Director of Special Services with Coupeville School District. There, she will oversee ...

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Barbara Noah's Likely Stories in solo exhibition at Davidson Galleries

Barbara Noah

IAS faculty member Barbara Noah will exhibit her Likely Stories series in a solo exhibition at Davidson Galleries in Seattle in September 2019. In this series, unexpected metaphoric objects float in distant skies, deadpan and absurd relative to the grandeur of lofty extraterrestrial contexts. The images, some of which are visionary surrogate selfies or emojis, reflect on both issues like space exploration, climate change, and mortality, and ...

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