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Ismaila Maidadi champions equitable access to labor support services at Workforce Snohomish

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Alum Ismaila Maidadi has been a tremendous asset to Workforce Snohomish since joining the organization as Service Delivery Program Manager in 2017. Thus far, Maidadi’s largest contribution has been leading the National Dislocated Worker Grant and Rapid Response initiative which assists dislocated aerospace employees and their families. ​Maidadi immigrated to America from ...

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Kristopher Dane presents his research on the influence of building geometry on active shooter events

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On November 8, IAS alum Kristopher Dane presented his doctoral research “Does building geometry affect active shooter outcomes?” at the SecureWorld Expo in Seattle. His research discusses how current building standards for protective design focus on a “fortress” approach that does not effectively protect against contemporary attack vectors such as active shooters.  Furthermore, these standards provide little guidance to private building owners whose facilities are increasingly targeted by “active shooters.” His findings show that overall building geometry has an effect on ...

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Margaret Redsteer publishes "Accounts from Tribal Elders: Increasing Vulnerability of the Navajo People to Drought and Climate Change in the Southwestern United States"

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IAS faculty member Margaret Redsteer published an article co-authored with Klara B. Kelley, Harris Francis and Debra Block, “Accounts from Tribal Elders: Increasing Vulnerability of the Navajo People to Drought and Climate Change in the Southwestern United States.”  The article appears in a new UNESCO-Cambridge book Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation.  It argues that while there is growing respect and appreciation within the academic scientific community for indigenous knowledge ...

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

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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

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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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