Business students worked with NAMI and interviewed community members

logo of NAMI Seattle

Students from Lecturer Laura Umetsu‘s business writing class, B BUS 307, worked with NAMI to interview organizations and members from the communities. NAMI Seattle has been partnering with Umetsu to bring awareness to the positive impacts and resources that NAMI provides. These interviews were completed in the 2022 to 2023 academic year. This class received Course Support Funds from Connected Learning.

Fall 2022

Group picture of Camp United We Stand
Group picture of Camp United We Stand

Camp United We Stand: An Interview with Board Members Judith Levenson and Bill Leon

Students from UW Bothell School of Business, Ian Fink, Sean Murnane, Samuel Attisha, Hong Jiang, Mahmud Tunsi, and Milad Bughrara, interview board members Judith Levenson and Bill Leon from Camp United We Stand a non-profit providing safe shelter for homeless individuals and families in need.

portrait of Judge Damon Shadid
portrait of Judge Damon Shadid

An Interview with Judge Damon Shadid of Seattle Municipal Court’s Mental Health Court

Students from UW Bothell School of Business, Ibrahim Dineh, Merey Diyar, Omid Kazemini, Brodie Knopf, Ahmed Mohamad, and Mikayla Servidad, interview Judge Shadid.

portrait of Lauren Davis
portrait of Lauren Davis

“Pain into purpose”: An Interview with Representative Lauren Davis

Students from UW Bothell School of Business, Ibrahim Dineh, Merey Diyar, Omid Kazemini, Brodie Knopf, Ahmed Mohamad, and Mikayla Servidad, interview Judge Shadid.

portrait of Destiny Sund and cakes in The Confectional
portrait of Destiny Sund and cakes in The Confectional

“Taking care of people is what’s most important, the sale is not as important…”

Students from UW Bothell School of Business, Lexi Nguyen, Brian Christianson, Victor Valdes, Jessica Chhay, and James Anderson, interview businesswoman Destiny Sund, owner of Confectional.

Kari Kalway standing next to the sign of her Puddles Barkery
Kari Kalway standing next to the sign of her Puddles Barkery

Puddles Barkery Owner, Kari Kalway, on How Dogs Impact Our Mental Health

Students from UW Bothell School of Business, Albana Adili, David Cannal, Ryan Huang, Brian Hsu, James Kim, and Abdul Zia, interview Kari Kalway, owner of a local dog biscuit bakery, Puddles Barkery.

Winter 2023

portrait of Yasuaki Saito and desserts in his bakery, Saint Bread
portrait of Yasuaki Saito and desserts in his bakery, Saint Bread

Baking a Difference: An interview with Yasuaki Saito, A Passionate Entrepreneur and Baker on a Mission to Promote Mental Health and Strengthen Community.

Students from UW Bothell School of Business, Drew Miller, Daniel Kulik, Malicte Tesfaye, Jacob Wittkamp, Sevda Samandari, and Calvin Nguyen, interview Yasuaki Saito, a passionate entrepreneur and baker promoting mental health and strengthening community.

portrait of Felicia Thomas (on the left) and Isla Roberson (on the right)
portrait of Felicia Thomas (on the left) and Isla Roberson (on the right)

Bright-Eyed Entertainment on Sharing Joey Wilson’s Story

Students from UW Bothell School of Business, Dee Yeshitla, Evan Cho, Muhammad Abubakar, Moiz Qureshi, Brady Meador, and Isatou Ceesay, interview Felicia Thomas and Isla Roberson from Bright-Eyed Entertainment.

portrait of Paul Getzel, the new executive director of NAMI Seattle
portrait of Paul Getzel, the new executive director of NAMI Seattle

Introducing our new Executive Director, Paul Getzel

Students from UW Bothell School of Business, Dee Yeshitla, Evan Cho, Muhammad Abubakar, Moiz Qureshi, Brady Meador, and Isatou Ceesay, interview Felicia Thomas and Isla Roberson from Bright-Eyed Entertainment.

portraits of King County Prosecuting Attorney Leesa Manion and Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Pete DeSanto
portraits of King County Prosecuting Attorney Leesa Manion and Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Pete DeSanto

“Having an educated discussion with my family or friends is essential.”

Students from UW Bothell School of Business, Nikki Bryant, Sophia Dang, Samba Gueye, Tora Ogata, Rolando Smith, and Boi Hoa Tran, interview Leesa Manion, the prosecuting attorney of King County, and Pete DeSanto, the senior deputy prosecuting attorney.

part 2 portraits of King County Prosecuting Attorney Leesa Manion and Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Pete DeSanto
part 2 portraits of King County Prosecuting Attorney Leesa Manion and Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Pete DeSanto

Empathy and Justice: King County Prosecutor Leesa Manion and Senior Deputy Prosecutor Pete DeSantos’ Vision for Handling Cases Involving Severe Mental Illnesses

Students from UW Bothell School of Business, Nikki Bryant, Sophia Dang, Samba Gueye, Tora Ogata, Rolando Smith, and Boi Hoa Tran, interview Leesa Manion, the prosecuting attorney of King County, and Pete DeSanto, the senior deputy prosecuting attorney.

portrait of Justice Mary Yu
portrait of Justice Mary Yu

“It is important to take our place and say that we belong here.”- Justice Mary Yu

UW Bothell students, Vi Le, Lucy Lee, Robert Petrisor, Anisha Singh, Alissa Starling, and Dylan Withers, were enrolled in Laura Umetsu’s community-engaged learning BBUS 307 C: Business Writing winter course. Students conducted research, data collection, interviews with stakeholders, and wrote organizational web-based press releases that could be used to support an organizational objective.

portrait of Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis
portrait of Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis

“I was raised to remember that I come from those who survived.” : A discussion with Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis

Students from UW Bothell School of Business, Hoku Gearheard, Taylor Thomas, Angela Yu, Ifrah Issack, Jalil Shoa, and Zachary Louie, interview Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis.

Spring 2023

portrait of Rania Rampersad, King County Superior Court Judge
portrait of Rania Rampersad, King County Superior Court Judge

An Interview with Rania Rampersad, King County Superior Court Judge

Students from UW Bothell School of Business, Rhett Whiteman, Kalin Natzev, Faiza Khalif, Ramla Geilani, Ebrima Jammeh, Sophie Udell, interview Rania Rampersad, the King County Superior Court Judge.

portrait of Commissioner Jonathan Lack
portrait of Commissioner Jonathan Lack

“If we can make transgender folks and non-binary folks feel welcome, that they’re coming into a place that’s not hostile [for them], then they’re going to experience less trauma.”

Students from UW Bothell School of Business, Aron Reynolds, Billy Hinman, Haojie Chen, Bryan Hernandez, Wyatt Huang, and Demarco Acosta, interview Commissioner Jonathan Lack.

portrait of Howard Behar, the retired Starbucks international president
portrait of Howard Behar, the retired Starbucks international president

“Nothing ever comes easy. The journey has not been easy. I’m not going to tell you it is.” – Howard Behar

Students from UW Bothell School of Business, Jeffrey Freund, Haruna Katori, Jimmy Le, Rochan Aminzadeh, and Cole Whiteman, interview Howard Behar, the retired Starbucks international president.