IAS News

Poetry and Persistence: Belonging and Expression for First-Gen Students of Color

Angie Cuevas Winkle

“I want to help minoritized students flourish and thrive in higher education. As a Cultural Studies student who wishes to go into Student Affairs, it is important for me to think of the best ways to serve and support diverse populations of students. I am very interested in using poetry as a way to cope, to heal, to create communities, and to make meaning. Being accepted into a university and going to class is not enough to help students succeed in college. All students are knowledge creators, and poetry is just one of the ways in which minoritized students can resist the restrictions of academic institutions.” ...

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Alumni Shout Out!

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Sandra (Brewer) Hengen (’00, Liberal Studies) was chosen to represent Boeing at the 2018 Women in Aviation conference in Reno, Nevada. Neil Low (’03, Liberal Studies) has retired from the Seattle Police Department after almost 50 years on the force. Jared Mead (’15, Global Studies) is a city councilmember in Mill Creek and current candidate for the State House of Representatives in Washington’s 44th Legislative District.  Amy (Felch) Panther (’06, Culture, Literature & the Arts) is a senior executive assistant in administration at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Aaron Thacker (’98, Liberal Studies) served two years as Commander of the 856 Military Police Company and ..

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Alumni Shout Out!

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Jessica Hagy (’18, Creative Writing & Poetics) will spend the month of October in Reykjavik, Iceland as part of the SÍM Residency program. Each year, the SÍM Residency brings 150 national and international visual artists together to collaborate and network. Richie Meyer (’16, Policy Studies) has joined UW Bothell’s First Year & Pre-Major Program (FYPP) as Program Coordinator. In this role, he provides administrative support to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Director of the Academic Transition Program, academic advising team, and other FYPP staff and faculty. Megan Wiebelhaus (’13, Community Psychology) was selected as ...

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Cristina Cortez awarded Mineral School artist residency

Cristina Cortez

Recent alum Cristina Cortez (’18, MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics) has been awarded a Mineral School artist residency. Mineral School nurtures literary, performing, and visual artists to generate new work and present that work to the public. Cortez is part of the fourth cohort of residents, who will spend two weeks this summer living and working at the Mineral School, a transformed 1947 school building located in a small lake town at the foot of Mt. Rainier. 

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Melissa Watkinson researches the social and cultural dimensions of ocean acidification

Melissa Watkinson

IAS alum Melissa Watkinson is a social scientist with Washington Sea Grant where she supports the social science efforts on the Olympic Coast Ocean Acidification Vulnerability study. Washington Sea Grant, the UW Applied Physics Laboratory, and the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean have teamed with federal and tribal partners to study the social and ecological vulnerabilities of ocean acidification in the Olympic Coast. They hope their work will help policy makers and tribal communities develop evidence-based strategies for anticipating and responding to the effects of ocean acidification. “Harvesting ...

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