IAS News

Courtney McCurdy advocates for immigrants and refugees

Alum Courtney McCurdy (’03) is thrilled to become the Refugee Program Consultant for North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. This role enables her to support refugee agencies at a policy level after many years of direct service. McCurdy’s travels and interdisciplinary education have been key to her career path.

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Students reap the benefits of D.C. human rights scholarship

The Washington D.C. Human Rights Seminar is UW Bothell’s longest running experiential learning program and, inarguably, one of its most transformative.  Founded in 1991, the seminar offers a unique opportunity for students to engage with human rights policy at national and international levels. Students travel to D.C. and for six demanding days, taking part in intensive seminars and briefings with institutions and policy makers across the political spectrum. ...

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Students present research at Seattle Human Rights Day event

On December 7, the Seattle Human Rights Commission hosted Seattle Human Rights Day, a celebration of local organizations and individuals working to bring positive change to our community and the world.  The pre-program reception featured a poster display by 20 students of the Washington, D.C. Human Rights Seminar, who shared their research on topics, such as child labor in the West African cocoa industry, gender violence in India, and the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Drue Nyenhuis focuses career on affecting community change

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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Book group provides space to engage with human rights issues

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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