IAS News

Abigail Echo-Hawk discusses sexual violence among urban native Seattle women on KUOW

Abigail Echo-Hawk

IAS alum Abigail Echo-Hawk spoke with KUOW’s Guy Nelson about a 2010 survey of Native women living in the Seattle area. It found that 94 percent had been raped or coerced into sex at some point during their lives. Echo-Hawk directs the Urban Indian Health Institute (UHIHI) in Seattle and holds an M.A. in Policy Studies (’09) and B.A. in American Studies (’07) from UW Bothell. UIHI’s mission is “to decolonize ...

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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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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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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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MFA alum Amanda Hurtado publishes and exhibits

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Amanda Hurtado (’17) has been busy this summer!  She published two poems in the summer issue of Witness magazine and is beginning her second year as a Ph.D. student...

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