Staff

Biographies

Lauresa BabkoLauresa Babko has been the Events Coordinator for the School of IAS since spring of 2015. Prior to this position, Lauresa worked as a Conference Coordinator for Housing & Food Services at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus. While a Conference Coordinator Lauresa arranged and managed conference logistics including meeting venues, on-campus housing, dining, catering, registration, and technology. Lauresa also led the recruitment, interview, hiring, and training process of office assistants for her department. Lauresa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington.


Miriam BarthaMiriam Bartha oversees the development, management, and assessment of IAS graduate programs and the UW Certificate in Public Scholarship; she also oversees the IAS External Relations team, which includes Communications, Events, and Alumni Relations. 

Miriam comes to these roles through positions in higher education, non-profit arts administration, and grantsmanship, all of which highlighted the value of cross-sectoral collaboration for transformative learning, strategic alliances, and organizational development. She worked as Associate Director of the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities from 2004-2013, and has been a member of the Assessing the Practice of Public Scholarship (APPS) working group of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life.

Miriam holds a Ph.D in English from Rutgers University, and has taught a spectrum of graduate and undergraduate courses across interdisciplinary humanities fields: Miriam's Faculty Webpage.


Wisam BerryWisam Berry believes access to a great college education is a right for all, and he avidly works to remove barriers to education for first generation and other marginalized groups. Wisam’s goal is to ensure that students have the support for an equitable experience with education. Wisam is originally from Dearborn, Michigan (hometown of Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company). He attended the University of Michigan for a B.A. in Sociology with minors in Women Studies and Social Work. He attained his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of South Florida. He has worked most recently in Residential Life overseeing a Fraternity and Sorority Community and other Residence Halls at both South Florida and the University of Washington Seattle. Wisam enjoys watching movies, cooking & baking, playing ball with his corgi Luna, and going on leisure hikes with his wife.


Sakara BuyagawanSakara Buyagawan joined IAS as the Program Assistant for Academic Services in 2018. She comes to us with a passion for communication, organization, and student success, honed in more than seven years’ combined experience in customer service and operations support (at Coach, Inc), and academic registrar and advising support (at Digipen Institute of Technology).  She is a graduate of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, with a degree in American and Ethnic Studies who embraces the school’s mission around diversity and inclusivity.


Rachel FooteRachel Foote joined IAS in 2005 as an academic advisor and became Assistant Director of Academic Services in 2011.  The best part of that role for her is working with passionate and dedicated faculty and staff. Rachel completed her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota in English and History. She decided to pursue advising as a career as a result of her undergraduate peer advising experiences. Prior to IAS, she worked as an advisor in University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts and Seattle Community College’s Women’s Programs and Work First Services.  She also has a background as a stage manager for theater, which explains a lot. 


Jung Lee joined IAS Undergraduate office in 2014 and supports undergraduate admission, time schedule construction, and IAS undergraduate exit course BIS 499 assessment processes. She serves as the IAS Curriculum Coordinator and currently coordinates the annual DC seminar on Human Rights. She earned MA in Policy Studies from IAS Graduate School and completed the International Development and Management Certificate from Evans Schools of Public Affairs in 2013. She graduated with BA in Special Education in Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea.

Previously, she was a research intern for Seattle Human Rights Commission and researched the local human rights and civil rights cases. Also, she worked as an administrative assistant at an international relief organization in California. She also worked as an assistant teacher for special students at various elementary schools for five years.


Eva NavarijoEva Navarijo comes to IAS with 12 years direct experience advising first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented university students in academic, study abroad, and residence hall settings. She also brings significant experience with grant-funded program management and assessment. As the former director of the First Scholars program at Washington State University she has overseen programming, counseling, and advising for first-generation college students; led a living learning community for first-generation college students; and co-founded First-Generation Abroad, to increase access to study abroad and global leadership learning opportunities. She also trains faculty and staff on best practices for engaging and serving first-generation students.

As an undergraduate at Washington State University, Eva participated in TRIO Student Support Services and was selected to join the McNair Achievement Program. She graduated with an Honors BA in English, focused on Multicultural Literature and Pedagogy. She completed graduate studies at Saint Louis University in the American Studies program.


Grace RyanGrace Ryan comes to IAS with a passion for outreach, operations, and working in higher education. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in International Studies, coupled with a certificate through the interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Management Program. Her previous roles include Outreach Coordinator for Recreational Sports at Indiana University and Conference Coordinator at the University of Washington Seattle campus. In both, she coordinated details for events, hired and trained students, built internal and external relationships, and worked to support the campus community. She is looking forward to returning to the academic side of higher education, and continuing to learn while supporting IAS.


Andrew Shinn comes to IAS as an experienced outreach professional with extensive experience in digital communications platforms and strategy, and a deep appreciation for interdisciplinarity in multiple settings. Andrew graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Political Science and Asian Studies, and received an M.A. and Ph.C. candidacy in the University of Washington Department of Political Science, where he focused on postcommunist political development in Russia and China and taught undergraduate classes. His academic administrative experience includes: Outreach Coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts (Temple University); Advancement Coordinator for Undergraduate Academic Affairs (University of Washington); Outreach Manager for the Master of Communication in Digital Media program (University of Washington); and Outreach Coordinator for the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies (University of Washington).


Victoria Sprang

Victoria Sprang brings over 15 years’ experience of developing impactful donor, alumni, and community relations. She has a deep comprehension and appreciation of the importance of creating and strengthening recognition and engagement with multi-generational, multicultural, multigender, and multiracial affinity groups. She is adept in establishing and sustaining opportunities that cultivate a community of ambassadors. Additionally, Victoria devoted a substantial part of her career to building professional development programs and other vehicles for alumni to reconnect and participate in lifelong learning. Victoria spent most of her time honing her fundraising knowledge at the UW campus in Seattle. She took a break and ventured briefly into the tech industry boom in the late 90s with stints at Boeing and Microsoft, but soon found her way back to the UW and the Advancement community. She holds a B.A. in English from Western Washington University and a certificate in Technical Writing from the University of Washington.


Monique TaylorMonique Taylor brings five years of experience supporting the goals of students from diverse communities and socio-economic backgrounds. Her background includes professional experience in both non-profit and higher education settings. She is skilled in coaching, leadership, program management, assessment, and marketing. In her most recent role as Program Manager for the Service Board, she spearheaded the adoption of a virtual programming model and oversaw three experiential education programs for young people from marginalized communities in King County. After completing a graduate internship with IAS, she excitedly returned to the team as a full-time advisor. She loves the UWB community and is an advocate for interdisciplinary and experiential learning. As an advisor, Monique’s main priority is student success, and she approaches her practice by proactively meeting students where they are to provide support that suits their unique needs and learning styles. Monique earned a B.A.in Advertising from the University of San Francisco and is completing her M.Ed in Student Development Administration at Seattle University. She is a Seattle native and Beyoncé enthusiast who enjoys checking out new restaurants, going to the movies, playing with her dog, and, of course, listening to Beyoncé.


Nhi TranNhi Tran joined IAS as an Academic Advisor. Her hope is to create an atmosphere that encourages intellectual and creative growth, celebrates cultural diversity, and inspires academic success so that students have opportunities to develop intercultural, interpersonal, and leadership skills that prepare them to have a positive impact at UW Bothell and beyond. Prior to joining the IAS team, Nhi worked as a Residential Education Director at Washington State University for four years where her responsibilities included supervision, crisis response, academic interventions, student conduct, and community development of residence halls. Nhi also brings extensive experience in programming, assessment, instruction, and curriculum design. She obtained a B.A. in Government and a B.S. in Communication Studies in Human Relations from The University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Higher Education Administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Nhi is an avid Pokémon Go player, Escape Room enthusiast, has two Corgis named Oliver and Ellie, and is powered by Boba Tea!