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Michele Orr advances gender equity in the outdoors

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IAS Alum Michele Orr (’94) is REI’s general merchandizing manager for apparel, and one of her most exciting projects is championing their Force of Nature campaign, a public effort to advance gender equity in the outdoors. Orr and her team are working within the co-op and with brand partners to level the playing field by offering more sizing options for more women. As a co-op, REI is in the unique position of harnessing member feedback to influence brands and expedite change. For example, in 2018, REI doubled its sales of apparel in extended sizes, and in 2019, increased clothing choices for core activities like hiking, swimming, running and yoga by ...

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Jayne Swift earns Ph.D. in Feminist Studies

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Jayne Swift (’10), a member of the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies’ inaugural cohort, graduated with her Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies in August 2019. Swift’s dissertation, Lusty Ladies: Sex Work and Sex-Positive Politics, 1970-2013, analyzes the history and politics of sex-positivity through a cultural history of sex ...

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Ching-In Chen's "Lantern Letter: a Zuihitsu" chosen as Split This Rock's Poem of the Week

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IAS faculty member Ching-In Chen's "Lantern Letter: a Zuihitsu" was chosen as Split This Rock's Poem of the Week and was published in the Quarry: a Social Justice Poetry Database.  The poem uses the Japanese hybrid form of zuihitsu to explore connections and kindnesses among strangers in the context of ecological disaster.

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Cat Vallejo interns as Seattle Art Museum Emerging Arts Leader

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Catherine “Cat” Vallejo is a senior at UW Bothell majoring in Community Psychology with a minor in Education & Society. She aspires to be an educator at the high school or college level and has fully immersed herself in campus opportunities, serving as an orientation leader and an assistant advisor in Career Services. This summer ...

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Jennifer Atkinson: "How should we talk about what’s happening to our planet?"

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson's course on eco-grief and climate anxiety was featured in a Washington Post story titled "How should we talk about what’s happening to our planet?" The article explores how language and emotion shape our response to the climate crisis, and how terminology has evolved from "global warming" to “climate change” to “climate emergency” and "extinction" over time.

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