Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors are current graduate students in the Cultural Studies program who have volunteered to connect with prospective and newly admitted students and answer any questions you may have about the student experience.

Read more about our Student Ambassadors below. You can contact them via email through

Meet the Cultural Studies Student Ambassadors

Abbie AltamiranoAbbie Altamirano, 2018 Cohort

Hi, I’m Abbie! I am a Chicana, poet, and activist. I am currently in my second year as a graduate student for the Masters of Arts in Cultural Studies at UW Bothell. I am also an AmeriCorps member serving as the Student Support Coordinator for the Dream Project Program on the Seattle UW campus.

I was born and raised in the Central Valley of California and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and double-minored in Women & Gender Studies and Criminal Justice. I have always had a passion for social justice and activism and that was what initially drew me to this program. My dream goal would be to be a Director of Diversity and Minority office on a college campus and I wanted to gain more tools via this program to help me facilitate that role. My main research interests include staff of color on college campuses, spoken word poetry, identity formation for people of color, and the ways in which trauma is navigated through performance.

 If you have any questions or just want to chat, you can send me an email-- I am more than happy to share!

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Berette MacaulayBerette Macaulay, 2019 Cohort

I am a second year Cultural Studies Master of Arts candidate and also a multidisciplinary artist and writer.   I was born in Sierra Leone, and raised in Jamaica and the UK, before coming to the USA for college.  I received my Bachelors in Theater Studies from Marymount Manhattan College (New York) with a concentration in acting, and a certificate in Modern Dance and Ballet from Peridance Capezio.  

In my visual arts, curatorial, and writing practices I explore both conceptual and sociocultural narratives and portraitures such as class, coloniality, displacement, identity, love, race, spirituality, and technology.  As such, the interdisciplinary focus of the MACS program was particularly important, given my multicultural background and discursive creative pursuits, which I want to include in my scholarship.  Additionally, the community partnerships nurtured in the IAS allow for both innovative and mindful ways to integrate unique personal knowledges into valuable interventional actions within and beyond our campus. 

Much of the research I’m interested in engages nuanced somatic mappings of global be/longing for black transcultural identities, to be engaged as a performative work. With the support of the UW Bothell Graduate school, I have presented the early stages of my research at the Tilting Axis and ERIP/LACES conferences this year. 

Being a Cultural Studies scholar helps to clarify and improve the reflexivity I bring to my research methodologies and practices, which will no doubt impact my future academic and socially engaged creative pursuits. I’m a repeat resident of the Black Embodiments Studio critical art writers incubator, a founding member of the Black Cinema Collective, a new officer of G-LEAD, an Ottenberg-Winans African Studies Fellow, and a lover of travel, creative collaborations, poetry, karaoke, dancing, and tea.  Lots and lots of tea.  If you want to learn more about the Cultural Studies program, - or tea, email me. 

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