IAS News

Baba Badru paves career in environmental health and real estate

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Baba Badru (’08, Science, Technology & the Environment) has spent the past two years as an Environmental Investigator for Public Health – Seattle & King County.  He works on a wide range of projects, including developing and implementing strategies to prevent and mitigate unlawful dumping of waste across King County. More recently, Baba has conducted public health and environmental monitoring of solid waste facilities across King County, ranging from small scale recyclers, to private and public solid waste transfer stations and material recovery facilities. Baba also ...

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Chris Covey speaks on victory for Bothell's North Creek Forest

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Alum Chris Covey ('03, Policy Studies; '01, Society, Ethics & Human Behavior) and other supporters recently celebrated the acquisition of the final parcel of North Creek Forest. UW Bothell has a long history with saving the forest, a 63.4 acre reserve in the heart of Bothell.  A primary champion has been Friends of North Creek Forest, of which IAS faculty members Warren Gold and Amy Lambert are board members and alum Alice Tsoodle (’13, Environmental Studies) serves as Education Manager. Countless UW Bothell students and alumni have toured, studied, and restored the forest, many though UW’s Restoration Ecology Network program.

As co-president of Friends of North Creek Forest ...

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Gabriella Ibanez-Dacruz and Alejandra Pérez named 2017 Imagine Us awardees by 21 Progress

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On April 13, 21 Progress honored its 2017 “Imagine Us” awardees, young leaders who have fought for justice and strengthened their communities in powerful ways.  Awardees included IAS alumni Gabriella (Gabby) Ibanez-Dacruz (’16, Community Psychology) and Alejandra Pérez (’16, Society, Ethics & Human BehaviorAmerican & Ethnic Studies).  21 Progress provides engaging, youth-focused social justice leadership development programs and campaigns that advance progressive issues in our society.

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Liam McGivern finds his calling in public interest law

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IAS Alum Liam McGivern (’09) met with students to share his path to a career in public interest law.  Once a biology major, Liam turned his focus to human rights after a class on resistance movements in the Americas with Julie Shayne.  Liam majored in Global Studies, pursued a minor in human rights, and set his sights on law school.

Currently, Liam is a Civil Rights Analyst with the City of Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR), where he

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Helen K. Thomas commentary on African American cultural practices featured in the Seattle Times

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For a front-page Easter-edition feature on black women and Sunday hats, the Seattle Times drew on the expertise of IAS alum Helen K. Thomas (16, Cultural Studies).

“It’s important to acknowledge,” says Thomas, “that we did not always have authority over our own selves and our own bodies, clothes, hair or looks. We were not, as black women, always afforded the luxury of adorning ourselves. So for us, there is something about wearing a hat that is deep."

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