Alumni Stories

IAS alumni are thriving in their lives and careers! Learn what our graduates are up to through this collection of stories.

Many are open to discussing their experiences. To connect with an alum, email

Recent Stories

Alumni Shout Out!

IAS wordcloud crow

Fatima Al-Shemary (’15, Culture, Literature & the Arts) has joined Refugees Northwest Foster Care as a Program Assistant, working connect unaccompanied refugee and immigrant minors to foster families and safe housing in the greater Seattle area.  Frances Lee (’18, M.A. in Cultural Studies) has accepted a position as a Program Coordinator at Resource Media. Resource Media is a non-profit communications agency that crafts PR campaigns to promote environmental justice, climate change, and health equity initiatives. Colton Lindelof (’09, Global Studies) has been appointed ...

Read more

Priya Frank co-facilitates workshop: Storytelling Strategies for Dismantling Racism

Priya Frank

In September, alum Priya Frank (’11, Cultural Studies) co-facilitated the workshop “Storytelling Strategies for Dismantling Racism,” a training hosted by NonWhiteWorks for individuals and organizations working to interrupt structural racism. The workshop examines the power of narratives and concrete strategies for dismantling racist structures through storytelling...

Read more

Catalina Alvarez-Villanueva directs college access program in the Yakima Valley

Catalina Alvarez-Villanueva

Alum Catalina “Catti” Alvarez-Villanueva is Director of Upward Bound at Yakima Valley College, a program that provides fundamental support to low-income and first-generation high school students with the goal of entering college.  Alvarez-Villanueva knows this journey well, as someone who struggled to stay in school and finish her education while raising a young son. A vow to her father and the support of Husky Promise helped Alvarez-Villanueva realize her dream of a bachelor’s in Society Ethics & Human Behavior (’13) and later, a master’s in Education (’15) from UW Bothell.  Now Alvarez-Villanueva is helping ...

Read more

Suzanne Cohen directs Expand Upon: Incarceration

Mirror Stage logo

Master of Arts in Cultural Studies alum Suzanne Cohen (’15), Managing Artistic Director of Mirror Stage, presents Expand Upon: Incarceration, featuring David Drummond, Rick Dupree, Adria LaMorticella, Pablo Lopez, Corey Spruill, and Benjamin Symons. Additionally, IAS faculty member Dan Berger will deliver pre-show lectures on the History of Mass Incarceration in the United States on ...

Read more

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

Abigail Echo-Hawk

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 ...

Read more

See all IAS Alumni Stories