IAS News

Alumni receive Fulbright awards to Estonia and Namibia

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Hana Bloedel has been selected for a U.S. Student Fulbright grant to Estonia, where she will serve as an English Teaching Assistant. Hana completed her B.A. in Global Studies and Society, Ethics & Human Behavior, with a minor in Human Rights, in June 2018. Mariah Crystal (formerly Ortiz) has been granted a Fulbright award to conduct research in Namibia during the 2019-2020 academic year. She will be analyzing the oral history narratives of Namibian women who contributed the anti-apartheid movement and ...

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Jacob Allen co-founds social identity-focused school

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IAS alum Jacob Allen (’12) is CEO and co-founder of pilotED Bethel Park, a new charter elementary school in Indianapolis that believes identity and civic engagement could transform the educational landscape, especially for students of color. Says Allen, “Once you acknowledge who the child is as a human being … what comes after that are highly engaged students.”

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Alum Avery Viehmann teaches approaches to queer and trans activism

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Avery Viehmann (they/them pronouns) grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the M.A. in Cultural Studies (MACS) program in 2016 with an undergraduate degree in Writing and Composition. They have 10 years of teaching experience and spent the last 5 years teaching English at Highline College in Des Moines where they formally served as their Writing Center Director. In February...

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Alumni Shout Out!

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Jaime Fajardo (’12, Society, Ethics & Human Behavior) earned his Master’s in Social Work in 2016 and is now serving as Program Supervisor for Snohomish County Superior Court’s Youth Enrichment Services program. Tera Figueroa (’98, Society, Ethics & Human Behavior) is the Administrative Specialist for the Career & Internship Center and Disability Services at UW Seattle and was recently interviewed about her career journey as part of the “Ask an Alum” blog series. Emily Olson, Salvador Salazar Cano, Markus Smith ...

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Streamkeeper Nick Chen shares career navigations with IAS students

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IAS alum Nick Chen recently spoke with faculty member Raissa DeSmet’s senior students about his career navigations since graduating in 2016. Chen is a Restoration Technician and Ecologist at Adopt A Stream Foundation who earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. Chen originally ...

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