News from School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Category: Engagement

LETI selected as 2021 IAS Outstanding Community Partner

The IAS Outstanding Community Partner award honors the extraordinary contributions of partner organizations. Recipients advance the IAS values of equity, inclusion, and social justice and link student learning and faculty scholarship to real-life experiences that positively impact our region and world.

May 6, 2021

Practicing social justice with Snohomish County

Students in the Master of Arts in Policy Studies program gained practical experience in a winter quarter partnership with Snohomish County’s new Office of Social Justice. As part of IAS faculty member Charlie Collin’s Practicum for Policy Studies course, the students worked on three projects: an assessment of marginalized communities; a comparison of strategies with other governments; and a survey of diversity, equity and inclusion among county employees.

March 26, 2021

Partners in India elevate discussions

For winter quarter, IAS faculty member Gary Carpenter’s course, Creative Activism: Inspiring Social Change through the Arts, collaborated with Pravah, a partner in India, in discussing social issues and producing an online arts festival.  Pravah is a New Delhi nonprofit that develops youth leadership throughout India using social justice campaigns. Pravah and the UW Bothell students both held festivals on Feb. 27, but they were not at the same time because of the time difference. Both festivals featured music, poetry, videos and discussions on themes of justice, community, resilience and gratitude.

March 11, 2021

Melanie Malone participates in “NightSchool: Women in Science”

IAS faculty member Melanie Malone was invited to participate in the "NightSchool: Women in Science" panel on March 4th, hosted by the California Academy of Sciences. The panel is held annually on International Women's Day, and features insightful conversations about what it’s like and what it means to be a woman in science in 2021. Melanie discussed ...

March 10, 2021

David Goldstein organizes international seminar on community engagement

IAS faculty member David Goldstein, along with Natalia Dyba, UW Bothell Director of Global Initiatives, and Kara Adams, Director of Community Engagement, planned and participated in an online, international Seminar on Community Engagement in which UW Bothell and California Polytechnic University, Pomona, joined host Ehime University in Matsuyama, Japan, to discuss the ethics of university partnerships with community members.

March 4, 2021

Jennifer Atkinson presents at Washington Climate Assembly

IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson presented her work on climate anxiety at the Washington Climate Assembly. Washington state residents are taking climate matters into their own hands as 90 members of the public join the country's first climate assembly to develop a comprehensive community-based climate plan. Representing every congressional district in the state ...

March 4, 2021

Min Tang: Creating critical media literacy workshops

Students in IAS faculty member Min Tang’s Critical Media Literacy course developed educational workshops to share with the Northshore School District’s teachers and students. “I encourage my students to think about how power structures in a society shape the media systems and processes,” Tang said. “I want them to understand the kind of power media has in shaping our social discourses, perceptions and opinions.”

February 9, 2021

Kristina Jorgensen collaborates on legislation and receives capacity-building grant

In 2020, Kristina Jorgensen graduated from IAS with a major in Society, Ethics & Human Behavior, minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, and began her graduate education in the M.A. in Policy Studies. She is also an alum of the D.C. Seminar in Human Rights (2019). Since beginning the M.A. in Policy Studies program, Jorgensen has successfully advanced a number of impactful justice projects through her research, networking, advocacy and leadership. ...

January 21, 2021

Community engagement on a global scale

Isolated at home by the pandemic, members of UW Bothell’s 2020 Global Scholars cohort said they nonetheless had a meaningful experience of global engagement. Through an inspiring book, deep discussions and remote projects with partners in different countries, they also experienced personal growth and community building. The Global Scholars program was launched by IAS faculty members Ben Gardner and Ron Krabill, along with Global Initiatives Director Natalia Dyba and Eva Navarijo, director of undergraduate advising for IAS.

January 11, 2021

Jennifer Atkinson collaborates with youth/teen climate activists

IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson collaborated this fall with youth theater groups and young climate writers to explore the emotional impact of our climate crisis. For the newest dramatic production created by Cry Havoc Theater Company in Dallas, Texas, Atkinson contributed a series of interviews based on her work helping students navigate eco-anxiety and climate despair. The resulting piece, titled Endlings, is Cry Havoc’s fourth ...

December 17, 2020