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Practicing social justice with Snohomish County

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Students in the Master of Arts in Policy Studies program gained practical experience in a winter quarter partnership with Snohomish County’s new Office of Social Justice. As part of IAS faculty member Charlie Collin’s Practicum for Policy Studies course, the students worked on three projects: an assessment of marginalized communities; a comparison of strategies with other governments; and a survey of diversity, equity and inclusion among county employees.

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Melanie Malone teaches "Abolition Geography"

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IAS faculty member Melanie Malone, along with colleagues Megan Ybarra (UW Seattle), JM Wong (Free Them All), and Edd Hampton (Blaq Elephant Party), taught a special winter microseminar entitled "Abolition Geography" with community partners, UW graduate students, and Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore. The microseminar culminated in a ...

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Debate sharpens nonnative speaking skills

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English is the second language for students Helen Fita and Misheel Ildbaatar, members of the UW Bothell Debate Team. Both say debate has prompted new ways to think about language and culture — and has been a way to make friends during remote operations.

According to IAS faculty member and director of forensics Denise Vaughan, students improve their literacy by capitalizing on storytelling and speaking about what they’re interested in. “They can find their strength in speaking and connect it back to their academic work in terms of writing.”

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Kristin Gustafson receives Jinx Coleman Broussard Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Media History

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The Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s History Division selected IAS faculty member Kristin Gustafson as one of the 2021 winners for its Jinx Coleman Broussard Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Media History. She will present a hands-on virtual teaching module at this year’s conference in August. Her teaching idea submission ...

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Partners in India elevate discussions

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For winter quarter, IAS faculty member Gary Carpenter’s course, Creative Activism: Inspiring Social Change through the Arts, collaborated with Pravah, a partner in India, in discussing social issues and producing an online arts festival. 

Pravah is a New Delhi nonprofit that develops youth leadership throughout India using social justice campaigns. Pravah and the UW Bothell students both held festivals on Feb. 27, but they were not at the same time because of the time difference. Both festivals featured music, poetry, videos and discussions on themes of justice, community, resilience and gratitude.

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