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Intersections - Fall 2015

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Dean's Corner

Welcome to the new academic year!  In this issue of Intersections, you will read stories that focus on the creation of spaces of learning, exchange, and collective human development.  Each of the stories links educational access and achievement to the larger goal of building more sustainable, inclusive, and equitable futures.  From my perspective, we have been remarkably successful with respect to this goal.

The question is how.  On campus, we have started to attribute our success to what we call the “3Cs”: cross-disciplinarity, connected learning, and community engagement.  These "Cs" have long been the life-blood of IAS.  They are the methods that have enabled the success of our students and the positive impact of our alumni on their communities.  They are what have drawn our faculty and staff to IAS.

Our faculty feature takes a look at how Professor Janelle Silva promotes leadership, collaborative problem-solving, and collective action for social change in her teaching and community-based research.  Her students become campus agents for diversity, equity, and access on campus.  They talk about her courses as “transformative” in the true sense of the word.

In our alumni feature, Jaime Fajardo discusses his experience as a first-generation college student.  His interview with IAS Communications Manager Andrew Shinn focuses on how IAS faculty members, in their support for social justice and student voice, enabled his educational success and helped him to chart a path to graduate school in Social Work.

Our student feature highlights Jessica Christie’s engaged research, her advocacy for special-needs children in foster care, and the stories of the families that care for them.  Building on experiences and observations born of her work in Boys and Girls Club of America, Christie’s research addresses gaps in knowledge and resources in creative ways.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg.  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.

Finally, I want to encourage you to consider attending a timely lecture on migration as a human right by Alicia Schmidt Camacho (Yale University), on Thursday, November 12, at 6:00 PM.  The talk is part of the IAS Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series.  I also want to encourage you to learn more about the research and creative practice of IAS faculty members by participating in the IAS Research Colloquium (first Tuesday of every month at 4:00).

Past issues of Intersections are available in the upper right sidebar of this page.

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