Lauresa 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 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.
Sakara 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 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.
Jennifer Keene earned her degree in Physics from Western Washington University. She then built lasers, lived on research ships as a sonar operator, and worked in a marine lab and a drinking water lab. In 2010, she joined UW’s Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO). As a research engineer in ocean climate research, she developed her skills into a Project Manager role, and found her true calling. She is skilled in finance, operations, and personnel management, and earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in early 2019. Jennifer founded a Diversity & Inclusion Committee with JISAO, serves on the Community Advisory Board for Cascade Public Media, and was formerly Chair of the Bothell Arts Commission. She is delighted to bring this unique combination of skills and experiences to serve as the Administrator for IAS Operations.
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.
Bilen Million joined the undergraduate advising team as a Graduate Staff intern. She is a graduate student in UW Bothell’s Cultural Studies program, and previously earned a Bachelor’s in Society, Ethics and Human Behavior and a minor in Human Rights from IAS. Since graduating, she has worked in a variety of roles at the UW furthering her passion of making higher education accessible and equitable. Prior to joining IAS, Bilen worked for UW’s School of Social Work where she advised students, managed programs serving underrepresented groups, and co-directed a study abroad program to Ghana, Africa. At UW Bothell, Bilen served as a Resident Advisor and an Orientation Leader. She also received the Women in Leadership Award, which recognizes best practices in diversity, gender equity, and in leading others. Bilen is passionate about working with diverse groups of students in advising, event planning, and organizing. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends
Eva Navarijo comes to IAS with 12 years direct experience advising first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented university students in academic, study abroad, and residential environments. She also brings significant experience with grant-funded program management and assessment. As 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 provide 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 is currently completing a doctoral dissertation in American Studies at Saint Louis University, focusing on student activism and the Third World Liberation Front in the California Bay Area.
Trang Nguyen joins IAS as the administrative program coordinator, focusing on supporting faculty. Trang graduated with a BA in Middle Grades Education from University of North Georgia with a focus in Language Arts and Science. For the past 6 years, she has worked in higher education focusing on student supervision and advising, crisis management, residential curriculum development and implementation, and student staff training with emphasis on diversity and inclusion initiatives. She most enjoyed facilitating first-year seminar courses, and developing multiple power-based violence bystander-intervention courses for faculty and staff. Prior to coming to IAS, Trang assisted UW Bothell prospective students in the admissions process and current students with financial aid and registrar needs. She is a four time gold medal recipient of rock and mineral identification in grade school. She may still have a chip on her shoulder.
Mateó Ochoa joined the IAS team in 2018 as the Graduate Staff Assistant (GSA) for Graduate Programs and is currently a master’s candidate in the Cultural Studies program. They bring over 5 years of experience working in both K-12 schools and higher education beginning with the University of Utah’s MUSE Project. As their Campus and Community Outreach intern, Mateó led recruitment events and worked closely with students and faculty of color in organizing public lectures confronting the effects of institutional oppression. They also served as a Program Coordinator for Oakland’s sole LGBTQ youth center, the QTY Treehouse. Their work consisted of organizing resource kits for youth and adults, building relationships with community partners, and facilitating LGBTQ-positive workshops in Oakland and San Francisco high schools. They are an alumni of the University of Utah where they received two Bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Writing & Rhetoric. During their undergrad, Mateó received the Excellence in Writing: Visual Rhetoric Award, competed nationally with the John R. Park Debate Society, and served as a student coordinator for the Queer Students of Color group on-campus. Outside of academia, Mateó dedicates their time cultivating art and writing stories around collective healing.
Lisa Olason has supported the School of IAS since 2008 and currently serves as the Alumni and Community Relations Manager. Prieviously, she managed career development and community-based learning and research activities for graduate programs within IAS. Before UW Bothell, Lisa spent 16 years in the nonprofit sector, including eight years in international relief and development. She has worked as a project manager, volunteer coordinator, event planner, fundraiser, and psychotherapist and has served diverse populations, including adolescents, elders, persons living with HIV/AIDS, survivors of domestic violence, and global women and children. Lisa holds a B.A. in Human Services from Western Washington University and an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University.
Cooper T. Sealy has been the lead undergraduate advisor and more recently, a full-time lecturer for the Department of Comparative Literature Cinema and Media Studies (CLCM). Her research interests include formations of subjectivities, racialization, gender and sexuality in the context of ever shifting meanings of citizenship. Currently she is focused on the uses of image making and documentary as tools of both revolution and healing from trans-generational trauma.
As a Lead Advisor for CLCM, Coop led recruitment and orientation for the new Cinema and Media major, built partnerships with First Year Programs, and developed a community of practice committed to supporting students’ pathways across the social sciences, humanities, and arts.
Before assuming the role of Lead Advisor in CLCM, she worked as the Education Director for enhanced learning programs in New York City. Having held responsibility for placing NYU graduate students in underserved schools and supporting their on-site learning for two years through one of their pipeline projects, as Education Director she then recruited, trained, and supervised graduate students in a vibrant cross-sectoral community development project located in Harlem.
Coop received her Ph.D. in Cinema Studies (Cultural Theory) from New York University, her M.A. in Canadian Studies and Women Studies from Carleton University, and her B.A. in English and Women Studies from University of Ottawa.
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 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 Taylor joined IAS as an Academic Advising Intern. She is a graduate student in Seattle University’s Student Development Administration program. For three years, Monique has been supporting the educational goals of students from diverse communities and socio-economic backgrounds. Her roles with College Access Now as a College Coach and College Services Coordinator gave Monique experience in helping students navigate uncertainty, find campus resources, explore majors, and move through job searches. Last May, Monique presented on the UW Bothell campus to a crowd of over 200 potential donors to advocate for the need to support students from all backgrounds through the process of accessing and persisting through higher education. As an Advising Intern, Monique’s main priority is student success, and she believes a huge part of that is ensuring that students are receiving whatever support that they need to stay on top of their educational pursuits. Monique earned a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from the University of San Francisco. 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 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!
Jessica Trenkamp has been a part of the School of IAS team since 2009. As an alumni of both IAS undergraduate (SEB ‘06) and graduate programs (MAPS ‘09), she is a product of and cheerleader for interdisciplinary learning! Prior to her role as an Academic Advisor, she worked in a variety of roles in health and human services including youth counselor for at-risk teens and a nursing assistant in the intensive care unit. Jessica is passionate about advocating for the rights of marginalized populations and has volunteered with organizations that fight for tenant, youth and patient rights. She is happy to have found a role in the School of IAS and is honored to share in the experience of students realizing their goals.