September 2018

Andrea Downs advances her career in special education

Andrea Downs

IAS Alum Andrea (Sweerus) Downs has worked in special education for close to ten years, specializing in emotional behavioral disabilities. Downs has advocated for equity, changes in discipline polices, and equal access to educational supports and environments. Since leaving the classroom, she has worked as a behavior specialist and program facilitator for both Everett and Seattle Public Schools, and most recently, accepted a position as the Director of Special Services with Coupeville School District. There, she will oversee ...

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Barbara Noah's Likely Stories in solo exhibition at Davidson Galleries

Barbara Noah

IAS faculty member Barbara Noah will exhibit her Likely Stories series in a solo exhibition at Davidson Galleries in Seattle in September 2019. In this series, unexpected metaphoric objects float in distant skies, deadpan and absurd relative to the grandeur of lofty extraterrestrial contexts. The images, some of which are visionary surrogate selfies or emojis, reflect on both issues like space exploration, climate change, and mortality, and ...

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Kevin Ninh: From bullied teen to social media star

Kevin Ninh

Kevin Ninh, known as Flawless Kevin online, entertains half a million followers with comedy sketches and makeup tips. Beyond the laughs and beneath the eyeliner, he is carving out a space for himself and others. Ninh graduated last June with ...

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Gustafson and Lanza participate in 2018 Pen to Paper Retreat

Pen to Paper participants

Two IAS faculty members, Carrie Lanza and Kristin Gustafson, participated in the 2018 Pen to Paper Retreat in August. The two-and-a-half-day writing retreat brought scholars -- faculty, professional staff, graduate students, and community partners -- together for time focused on writing with, for, and about community engagement. Participants "unfurled" writing projects, pitched publication ideas to editors of leading community engagement journals, and built a new network of ...

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Allyson Fredericksen helps organizations thrive

Allyson Fredericksen

Allyson Fredericksen has dedicated more than 10 years to serving nonprofits. Passionate about social justice and mobilizing communities for change, she has found her calling as a strategic operations professional, helping organizations create efficient and effective internal systems so they can focus on their missions. Fredericksen is thrilled to ...

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