Dean's Corner

IAS and the Bothell Youth Court

Bruce Burgett

In our last newsletter, we spotlighted a few of the many ways that our faculty, students, and alumni are advancing community and civic engagement. In this issue, we focus on one of our signature programs in this area: Bothell Youth Court (BYC).  BYC is a high impact learning experience for the high school students who hear cases and the UW Bothell students who help mentor and train those students. 

BYC also has a positive impact on the local community and is a great example of a sustained and reciprocal partnership that yields an immediate public good.  In its enactment of restorative justice principles and practices, BYC is a model for youth courts regionally and nationally. As we learn in our alumni feature, even U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been impressed by BYC!

In our faculty feature, Camille Walsh explains how IAS helped establish and continues to work with the Bothell Youth Court, putting restorative justice into practice with high school students and the greater Bothell community.

Our student feature presents the experiences of Aaron Yared, a Law, Economics & Public Policy major, which led him to discover empathy through the practice of restorative justice.

Our alumni feature is an interview with Joren Clowers ('17), who speaks about his years of involvement with Bothell Youth Court that have continued after graduation in coordinating and advocacy roles.

As always, you can learn more about what students, faculty, and alumni are doing on the IAS News Blog.  To keep up to date on IAS events open to the campus and the public, you can also subscribe to a weekly digest of upcoming events here.  If you are an IAS alum, discover ways to connect and get involved by visiting our alumni page online.

Past issues of Intersections are accessible from the right sidebar here.

Feel free to send comments on these stories or ideas for others to IASinfo@uw.edu.

Bruce Burgett
Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

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