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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 iasalum@uw.edu.


Hip hop artist and alum Essam Muhammad shares his story and creative practice

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Essam Muhammad is a UW Bothell alum, South Seattle-based rapper/poet, and community organizer. On October 20, he connected with students over Zoom for the event "Coming Home: Songs, Stories, & Conversation with Essam Muhammad" organized by UW Bothell’s Campus Events Board (CEB) and IAS faculty member Georgia Roberts. Muhammad spoke on ...

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Chris McRae helped build veteran-friendly campus

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Randall Christopher McRae helped make the University of Washington Bothell a veteran-friendly campus. After his military service, McRae attended UW Bothell and received a degree in Community Psychology in 2012. During his time on campus, he helped develop the Student Veterans Association and served as one of its first presidents. He raised funds for the Veterans Archway, which was dedicated in 2013 to honor student veterans.

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EJ Juárez: Understanding the architecture of power

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EJ Juárez, a 2013 Master of Arts in Cultural Studies graduate, who now is the public policy manager for Group Health Foundation, will lead a UW Bothell What If…? Conversation on Nov. 12. Juárez will discuss how we might think differently about public spaces and institutions, like libraries. “They’re a place where people are seeing and interacting with other people, where they are learning a skill, where they are finding their own imagination,” he said. “I am interested in the design of those spaces and the impact of that on our democracy and society.”

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Martin Corpus and Candice Plendl share career experiences with students

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Through IAS’s Mentor Chats program, alumni Martin Corpus and Candice Plendl connected with students in Jennifer Atkinson’s BIS 499 Capstone Portfolio course to share their career paths and experiences navigating the professional world as new graduates. ...

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Frances Lee investigates threats to subsistence fishing with Melissa Watkinson and Haliehana Stepetin

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As a 2019-20 Environmental Justice Investigative Journalism Fellow for Seattle Globalist, M.A. in Cultural Studies alum Frances Lee (’18) examined the threats of climate change and pollution to marine subsistence harvesting. In their article “Declining Marine Health Threatens Traditional Subsistence Fishing for Tribes," published in the South Seattle Emerald, Lee discusses ...

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