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Activist Kelsen Caldwell enacts social justice in communities and on buses

Kelsen Caldwell

Alum Kelsen Caldwell (’13, Cultural Studies) continues to expand their horizons and recently became a Housing Justice Organizer with LGBTQ Allyship. In this role, they are helping launch and facilitate the LGBTQ Housing Leadership Institute.  Of this endeavor, Kelsen writes, “Housing costs are on the rise, which puts LGBTQ communities at increased risk of homelessness, displacement, and general economic insecurity. The institute is an awesome opportunity to be part of a cohort of emerging housing justice leaders who can build fierce and grounded solutions through organizing with the communities that matter the most.”

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Alum Baba Badru paves career in environmental health and real estate

Baba Badru

Baba Badru (’08, Science, Technology & the Environment) has spent the past two years as an Environmental Investigator for Public Health – Seattle & King County.  He works on a wide range of projects, including developing and implementing strategies to prevent and mitigate unlawful dumping of waste across King County. More recently, Baba has conducted public health and environmental monitoring of solid waste facilities across King County, ranging from small scale recyclers, to private and public solid waste transfer stations and material recovery facilities. Baba also ...

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Kevin Y. Kim receives a 2016-2017 grant from the Hoover Presidential Foundation

Kevin Kim

IAS research associate Kevin Y. Kim received a 2016-2017 grant from the Hoover Presidential Foundation, making him a member of the 2016 Class of Hoover Scholars. This grant supports Kim’s research at the Hoover Presidential Library for his book-length project, Worlds Unseen: Henry Wallace, Herbert Hoover, and the Making of Cold War America. A finalist for the Allan Nevins dissertation prize from the Society of American Historians and recipient of grants from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and American Historical Association, Worlds Unseen explores former U.S. President Herbert Hoover and vice-president Henry Wallace’s conservative and liberal leadership of the United States’ most influential dissident movements against the global Cold War.

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Martha Groom blogs on ways scientists can support inclusivity

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IAS faculty member Martha Groom collaborated with national colleagues to draw attention to the need for diversity in STEM fields.  While the April national March for Science highlighted the social importance of supporting scientific research and education, the blog post from the Concerned Scientists' website ...

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Mira Shimabukuro speaks about her book Relocating Authority: Japanese-Americans Writing to Redress Mass Incarceration

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IAS faculty member Mira Shimabukuro spoke twice recently about her book, Relocating Authority: Japanese-Americans Writing to Redress Mass Incarceration.  The first was an interview/article published in the journal Discover Nikkei: Japanese Migrants and their Descendants .  The second was a talk presented in Los Angeles at the Japanese American National Museum.  Both emphasized the ways Japanese Americans used vernacular writing to respond to mass incarceration during World War II and ...

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