IAS News

"Cry out Loud!" Multiracial Organizing and Documentary Cinema

Alka Kurian

IAS faculty member Alka Kurian presented two papers at the  National Women's Studies Association Conference.  In the first, she explored “Cry Out Loud,” a documentary film focusing on racism against Africans in India.  Kurian investigated the parallels between racism and communalism in the U.S. and India that discriminate against minorities populations. She highlighted the need for multi-racial organizing between South Asian diaspora in the U.S. and other communities of color and collaboration with protest movements such as Black Lives Matter and Dream Defenders. She stressed that this type of analysis is all the more important during these deeply unsettling times when ...

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Jefferson Ketchel named Snohomish Health District Administrator

Jefferson Ketchel

On November 7, the Board of Health confirmed Jefferson Ketchel (’08, Policy Studies) as Administrator of the Snohomish Health District.  Board Chair Adrienne Fraley-Monillas stated, “It was clear through our search that Jeff is the best person for the job, and we couldn’t be more pleased. He has a passion not just for public health, but this agency and the people of Snohomish County. Jeff has the board’s full support and confidence as we continue moving the health district forward as the community’s chief health strategist.”

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Ryan Dzakovic awarded fellowship with U.S. Department of State

Ryan Dzakovic

Alum Ryan (Blanco) Dzakovic (’15, Cultural Studies) is headed to Washington, D.C. for a year-long fellowship with the U.S. Department of State’s Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) Fellowship Program.  VIP Fellowships support veterans’ transition to diplomacy and development careers by providing opportunities to serve within U.S. foreign affairs agencies.  “Having the background in graduate studies prepared me for an opportunity at a caliber I thought I would never achieve,” Dzakovic said.  Read Ryan’s story.

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Nikki Neuen connects her talents to gender diversity

Nikki Neuen

Nikki Neuen (’04, American Studies) is Associate Director for Gender Diversity Education and Support Services, where she focuses on infrastructure management, communications, grant writing, and everything else.  “Our staff is so small, that we all help with everything – conferences, marketing, volunteer management, fundraising – you name it,” Nikki explains. Gender Diversity increases the awareness and understanding of gender diversity in children, adolescents, and adults by providing family support groups, education and training to professionals serving trans youth, and through their annual international conference, Gender Odyssey

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Avi Socha: LEPP major and State Department Intern

Avi Socha

Law, Economics & Public Policy (LEPP) student Avi Socha is currently finishing up an exciting internship with the U.S. Department of State in Rome. The State Department, which accepts less than 10% of applicants nationwide, granted him Secret Security Clearance and a posting at the American Citizen Services Unit at the Rome embassy, working alongside the U.S. Consul General. As a LEPP student ...

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