Every year, the University of Washington recognizes the extraordinary achievements and contributions of IAS students, alumni, faculty, and staff—as scholars, civic leaders, and professionals— to the campus, university, and region. As a school, IAS is proud of each and every notification we receive that “one of ours” has received an award. This year, in tribute, we launch the IAS Circle of Recognition, where we bring together the collective honors people in our community have received this academic year. This occasion offers an opportunity for us to learn about and celebrate not only those who have received official recognition in a given year, but all those members of the community that support them.
Below you can read about IAS faculty, students, and alumni who were recognized in the past year in the following categories:
IAS faculty member Jeanne Heuving is the recipient of the fourth annual UW Bothell Distinguished Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award (DRSCA). The DRSCA is presented each year to a UW Bothell faculty member in recognition of scholarly or creative achievement that exemplifies the standards of excellence that are required by the research intensive education environment of UW Bothell.
Heuving, one of UW Bothell’s Founding Faculty members, teaches widely in IAS undergraduate majors, and led the effort to create the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics program, which she currently directs.
Chancellor Yeigh’s announcement of the award notes:
Dr. Heuving, who joined the faculty at UW Bothell in 1990, has made significant contributions to her field through publishing books, essays, articles, and poems. Her 2016 book, The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics, has gained much attention from critics and scholars. One of her nominators refers to it as “a ground-breaking work that challenges the theoretical division of sex and love, desire and love that has been formative for work in the humanities and social sciences throughout the twentieth and twenty-first century.” Other achievements include her sold-out cross genre book from 2004, Incapacity, which received Book of the Year Award from Small Press Traffic, an award from the National Endowment of the Humanities, and her Research and Teaching Grant from the Fulbright Foundation at Goteborg University in Sweden.
IAS faculty member Lauren Lichty has received one of the two UW Bothell Chancellor’s Distinguished Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice Mentor Awards given in 2017. This award honors the contribution of faculty who mentor undergraduate students in research and creative practice who exemplify UW Bothell’s commitment to undergraduate education and hold the student-faculty relationship to be paramount.
Nominated by peers and students, Lichty’s mentoring philosophy centers on meeting students where they are and allowing the work to flow from that starting point. One student writes that Lichty, “embodies everything that a student could hope for in a mentor and I feel incredibly fortunate to have her guidance and support. I now not only recognize my own abilities because of her… She has transformed my future goals.”
IAS faculty member Ben Gardner has received a UW Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. Each year, students who are presenting their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium are invited to nominate their mentor for special recognition. This year there were 159 nominations. Gardner was one of the five selected from this pool.
Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Ed Taylor, presented the awards at the opening of the symposium on May 12, where UW President Ana Mari Cauce also spoke. This year more than 1,200 undergraduates will present their research in concurrent poster and oral sessions.
The UW Bothell Chancellor’s Medalist Award is an honor that recognizes graduating seniors who have achieved academic excellence and served as a consistent source of inspiration for faculty and students alike.
Kyra Laughlin (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies)
Kyra founded the campus group Sexual Assault and Violence Education (S.A.V.E.), which works from a grassroots empowerment model of social support and awareness raising. With Kyra at the helm, the group applied for and won the T-Mobile Equity and Inclusion Grant, and collaborated with IAS faculty member Lauren Lichty and Campus Safety director Cham Kao to revise the UW Bothell website's Sexual Assault Support pages. Kyra continues to build new awareness initiatives and programming for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), and delivers class presentations and trainings in our residence halls. Read more about Laughlin’s work here>>
UW Bothell Founders Fellow Research Scholarship Awards encourage and recognize undergraduate research in all disciplines and interdisciplines represented on the UW Bothell campus. These awards provide students with the support, time, and attention to pursue a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Three IAS students were selected as Founders Fellows in 2017:
Sara Cole (senior, Society, Ethics & Human Behavior)
Research Project: A content analysis of teen sexual health forums.
Insight: “I’m hoping we can improve using this data.”
Faculty Mentor Jody Early: “She was undaunted by me. I gave her such a to-do list. She has taken up every question. I could see this emerging scholar in her.”
Tanya Kumar (junior, Law, Economics & Public Policy, and Society, Ethics & Human Behavior)
Research Project: Sexual violence in India.
Insight: “It kind of made me find myself.”
Faculty Mentor Lauren Lichty: “There’s no question this is a woman who will change the world.”
Federico Pastoris (junior, Global Studies and Global Health)
Research Project: Indoor air pollution and health repercussions in developing countries.
Insight: Promoting efficient, less-polluting stoves that also are culturally acceptable.
Faculty Mentor Ben Gardner “It’s a great pleasure working with someone as enthusiastic as Freddy.”
Each year, the Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma in all areas of study, who are making the most of their time at the UW. Out of the seven students from UW Bothell selected in 2017, three are from IAS.
Aretha Basu (Society, Ethics & Human Behavior)
Aretha Basu has served as director of student advocacy for the Associated Students of UW Bothell. Basu says she never planned to become an activist during college, but then a study abroad trip she took to Ghana after her first year changed everything. Read Aretha Basu’s full profile>>
Cecilee Fernandez (Community Psychology)
Cecilee Fernandez worked as a study abroad peer adviser in the Student Success Center and went to Oaxaca, Mexico, last year to observe political and social structures. Fernandez is vice president of S.A.V.E. (Sexual Assault and Violence Education), the student organization that this winter won a grant of up to $5,000 from T-Mobile to develop information and victim support programs. Read Cecilee Fernandez’s full profile>>
Feruza Ghias (Community Psychology and Society, Ethics & Human Behavior)
Feruza Ghias worked as a study abroad ambassador in the Student Success Center, taking part in UW Bothell sponsored trips to Kyrgyzstan and Italy. Ghias was accepted to the Peace Corps and could go to Macedonia for two years after graduation in June. Read Feruza Ghias’s full profile>>
The School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences awards an annual Hall of Alumni Excellence recognition to an alum or alumni distinguished by their efforts to engage creatively and ethically with the concerns of the region and the world. Hall of Alumni Excellence recipients are influential leaders in their field, policy changing public servants, devoted and inspiring mentors, and preeminent academics. They are extraordinary alumni who embody the School of IAS Mission, Vision, and Values.
The inaugural IAS Hall of Alumni Excellence members are:
Vicki Christophersen (’92, Liberal Studies)
Vicki Christophersen has provided effective and comprehensive representation at the state legislative, executive and agency levels for a diverse client base since 1998. Her professional reputation and track record as an advocate and valued colleague have enabled Vicki to work effectively with both sides of the aisle to achieve results for her clients. She has a distinguished record of success in the years she has been working in Olympia.
Christophersen began her professional career as a middle school Social Studies and Language Arts teacher at Denny Middle School in Seattle. She became a lobbyist after teaching for 4 years and then started her own company, Christophersen, Inc. Her clients include the Association of Washington Spirits and Wine Distributors, Life Center Northwest Organ Donor Network, Northwest Kidney Centers, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Pediatrix Medical Group, OneEnergy Renewables, Stand for Children, Washington Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, Washington CannaBusiness Association, Washington Refuse and Recycling Association, and Washington State University. She is the 2005 recipient of the UW Bothell Distinguished Alumni Award.
Michael Collins (’94, Liberal Studies)
Michael Collins is an influential past member of the UW Bothell Alumni Council. He provided crucial leadership to the Council, resulting in additional programming and an increased ability to raise scholarship funds for current students. He played an integral role in the growth and success of the Husky 5K Run.
Collins worked in the railroad industry for 23 years. A 1988 recreational ski racing accident resulted in quadriplegia at the C-5 level. Since then, he has been a powerful advocate for the disabled. He is the author of more than 250 articles published online and in magazines, newspapers, and professional journals. Collins is also a member of the “Blog Squad” for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation. He retired in 2010 from the National Council on Disability (NCD) in Washington, DC where he served as Executive Director following other management positions in public service. He now gives his time and expertise to many other organizations, including as a peer mentor for the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System.
Mike also writes two columns called “Everyday Advocacy” and “Motorvation” as a contributing editor for New Mobility magazine. He served as a member of a technical standards committee of the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America, which developed standards for emergency stair travel devices used by individuals with disabilities. Collins is a founding board member of Global Mobility, an international charitable organization that distributes refurbished mobility devices to people in developing countries around the world. He is the 2013 recipient of the UW Bothell Distinguished Alumni Award.
Abigail Echo-Hawk (’07, American & Ethnic Studies; ’09, M.A. in Policy Studies)
Abigail Echo-Hawk is an enrolled member of the Kitkehahki band of Pawnee Nation. She serves as the Director of Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI). Before moving to UIHI, she served as the tribal liaison for Partnerships for Native Health.
Echo-Hawk’s interests center on culturally-based health communication through digital storytelling, tribally-guided research regulatory systems, community-based participatory research, and research ethics in Indian Country. She has worked at the academic and community level to ensure that research in American Indian communities respects tribal sovereignty and honors community involvement.
Echo-Hawk is a dedicated advocate for social justice, and she has spent much of her time volunteering for organizations that work to address the social determinants of health in marginalized communities. In 2006, the Mayor of Seattle appointed her to the Seattle Women’s Commission to advise the Mayor and City Council on policy and legislation to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native women and children. She serves as a strategic adviser on American Indian women’s health and community outreach on many boards, including Equal Start Community Coalition and the Native American Women’s Dialogue on Infant Mortality. Abigail Echo-Hawk is the 2011 recipient of the UW Bothell Distinguished Alumni Award. She lives in Seattle with her husband Chris and her sons Miguel and Noni.
Holli Martinez (’08, Society, Ethics, & Human Behavior)
Holli is a passionate, life-time advocate for diversity and equality. In 2007, she launched The Martinez Fellows Program (formerly The Martinez Foundation) dedicated to the professional development and retention of teachers of color in Washington State’s Title 1 Schools. By 2012, the Martinez Fellows program had increased the diversity within the Seattle Public School teaching corps by 10%. Holli’s advocacy in diversity has been recognized by T-Mobile, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Commission of Hispanic Affairs, the University of Washington College of Education, University of Washington Bothell as a Distinguished Alumni, and the University of Washington’s Women’s Center.
Holli joined T-Mobile in February 2013 as the company’s first Director of Diversity & Inclusion. Holli is passionately committed to sustaining an inclusive workplace where ALL employees can thrive. Under her leadership T-Mobile has embraced D&I initiatives across the enterprise. Today, over 8,000 employees are actively engaged in 6 Employee Resource Groups and 30 local D&I Chapters across the country. T-Mobile has received the distinction of the Best Place to Work for the past three years from the Human Rights Campaign and most recently, Best Place to work for People with Disabilities. T-Mobile become widely recognized as the most diverse wireless carrier in the US.
Fredrika Smith (’94, Liberal Studies; Ed.D. ’12, Education Leadership & Policy Study)
Fredrika Smith, who goes by “Deka,” is the Superintendent of Monroe School District, district serving approximately 7,200 K-12 students, with about 27 percent on free or reduced-price meals. She is also a lecturer in UW Bothell’s Leadership Development for Educators master’s program. Her focus is on developing innovative, equity-focused systems that transform learning communities ranging from K-12 through higher education.
Deka’s studies focused on effective teaching for different types of students, including those in special education and gifted programs. She has a long history of service to education, having previously served as a school administrator, assistant superintendent, assistant principal, teacher and behavior specialist in several Washington school districts, including Mukilteo, Meridian, Stanwood-Camano and Marysville. She served as the chief academic officer for the Puyallup School District before joining the Monroe School District. She also led an effort in Marysville for teachers to meet parents in their neighborhoods instead of on campus, which helped improve the relationship between the Tulalip Tribes and the school district. She is the 2016 recipient of the UW Bothell Distinguished Alumni Award.
[Note: This award was retired in 2018. Early Career Award recipients are members of the Hall of Alumni Excellence.]
The UW Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Early Career Award recognizes IAS graduates (within about the first 10 years of their graduation) who have distinguished themselves through their efforts to improve the welfare of the region and world around them. Early Career Award recipients demonstrate a significant commitment to the public good, broadly defined, and specifically to values of equity and inclusions in their work and lives.
Joshua Heim (’10, M.A. in Cultural Studies)
Joshua Heim had 10 years of experience in the cultural heritage and museum field before joining MACS. He began his career at Kaho‘oilina: A Journal of Hawaiian Language Sources in Honolulu, a scholarly journal dedicated to preserving the Hawaiian language and supporting Hawaiian language immersion schools. He then went on to the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle where he developed community-based exhibitions and managed YouthCAN, which received the National Youth Arts and Humanities Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
Joshua is now the Arts Program Manager at the City of Redmond, Washington, where he develops cultural plans and policies, supports nonprofits through grants, manages a public art collection, and delivers public programs. His interests include new approaches to public art, creative place-making, and Washington State’s cultural community. He serves on the King County 4Culture Arts Advisory Committee, King County Library Arts Advisory Committee, and the Humanities Washington Program Committee. He has also taught courses and workshops at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Immigration Sites of Conscience, the Northwest Indian College, and University of Washington.
Melissa Watkinson (’11, Global Studies and Society, Ethics & Human Behavior; ’15, M.A. in Policy Studies)
Melissa Watkinson is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest. Her passion for community led her to three degrees from the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. Following her dual major bachelor’s degree, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the UW Bothell Office of Community-Based Learning and Research. She also volunteered with Oxfam America working on food aid and climate change issues.
As a graduate student, Melissa worked with the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute, where she learned methods and applications of community-based research, and with Washington Sea Grant, where she developed skills in social science and spatial analysis. She used these tools in her master's degree research where she worked with the Quinault Indian Nation to identify and analyze the impacts of historic land policies on climate adaptation.
Melissa recently completed a Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship at The Nature Conservancy where she applied social science policy approaches, and advocated for improvement of community engagement practices, particularly in relation to conservation work with tribal nations. Currently, Melissa works with the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of Washington and serves on the City of Seattle's Environmental Justice Committee.
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