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Dean's Corner

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Graduation is around the corner!  One of the advantages of being a regionally-grounded and engaged campus is that the moment of graduation is more than a chance to cheer or to say goodbye.  Since most of our graduates stay in the region after graduation, it is also an opportunity to welcome them into a very active network IAS mentors, advocates, and community partners.  Our alum advance our school’s mission by helping our current students to explore careers and find jobs, by publicizing our successes, and by creating relationships that bridge the campus and the community.

The recent launch of the IAS Advisory Board is one attempt to enrich and catalyze this network.  Co-chaired by two IAS alumni, Ernest Kandilige and Lindsey Warnick, IAS Advisory Board members act as allies and advisors as we further the mission of the School in the world.  They promote diversity, inclusion, and equity, in higher education and across community and industrial sectors. Their advocacy increases awareness of the centrality of IAS - its students, staff, and faculty - to the sustainable development and well-being of the region.  As partners and, in many cases, alum, they are role models for IAS students as they develop their own trajectories and aspirations.

To honor the reciprocal and sustaining nature of this type of inspiration and development, we are inaugurating this year what we call “The Circle of Recognition.”  The “Circle” recognizes and publicizes some of the many honors individuals in our extensive community have received this academic year.  It highlights the many extraordinary achievements and contributions of IAS students, alumni, and faculty as scholars, civic leaders, and engaged professionals.  It demonstrates the significant and positive impact that IAS’s expanded network of friends and family have on the campus, the region and the world.

As you read about the accomplishments of the individuals profiled in this edition of Intersections, please join me in congratulating them, while also acknowledging the important work of all of the members of the community that support them as well. 

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