IAS News

Drue Nyenhuis focuses career on affecting community change

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Drue Nyenhuis ('12) majored in Global Studies and Society, Ethics & Human Behavior and minored in Human Rights and Policy Studies at UW Bothell. These IAS programs have helped guide Drue's career toward one of community engagement and public service. While at UW Bothell, Drue participated in the Washington State Legislative Internship, which switched his career focus from law school to politics and public policy. Drue also participated in the D.C. Human Rights Seminar, which further cemented his love for politics and affecting change in his community. Witnessing ...

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MFA Careers and Writing Futures event features journeys of local writers

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On May 17, four MFA-trained writers met with students and alumni of the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics program to discuss their career paths. Hosted at  McMenamins Anderson School, conversation centered on the diverse ways writers grow and sustain their creative practices.  Special guests included: MFA alumni Scott Brown (’15), Talena Lachelle Queen (’14) and Natalie Singer-Velush (’16), and local artist Sierra Nelson. ...

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Alumni Shout Out!

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Vy Nguyen (’12, Policy Studies) was appointed appointment as legislative aide to Seattle Councilmember Lorena González, where she will serve as policy lead on immigrant and refugee affairs, housing, homelessness, and education.  Joe Shelley (’04, Global Studies), UW Bothell’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, has accepted an offer to become Vice President for Libraries and Information Technology at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Ben Wiselogle (’12, Global Studies) began a new position as a Foreign Affairs Officer with U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.  We wish you all the best!

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Book group provides space to engage with human rights issues

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This fall, IAS Professor Emeritus Diane Gillespie will facilitate a discussion of the book, However Long the Night, by Aimee Molloy.  However Long the Night  chronicles the work of Gillespie’s sister, Molly Melching, founder of the Senegal-based community development organization, Tostan.  Molloy’s account details Melching's beginnings at the University of Dakar and follows her journey of 40 years in Africa, where she became a social entrepreneur and voice for the rights of girls and women.  All are invited to attend ...

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Activist Kelsen Caldwell enacts social justice in communities and on buses

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Alum Kelsen Caldwell (’13, Cultural Studies) continues to expand their horizons and recently became a Housing Justice Organizer with LGBTQ Allyship. In this role, they are helping launch and facilitate the LGBTQ Housing Leadership Institute.  Of this endeavor, Kelsen writes, “Housing costs are on the rise, which puts LGBTQ communities at increased risk of homelessness, displacement, and general economic insecurity. The institute is an awesome opportunity to be part of a cohort of emerging housing justice leaders who can build fierce and grounded solutions through organizing with the communities that matter the most.”

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