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

Shauna Elbers Carlisle selected to join William T. Grant Advanced Quantitative and Computational Scholars

IAS faculty member Shauna Elbers Carlisle will be part of the new William T. Grant Advanced Quantitative and Computational (AQC) Scholars Cohort. The AQC Cohort is a highly-competitive National Science Foundation program that gathers scholars who are seeking to transform their professions and research through critical data science methodologies. Carlisle brings to the cohort ...

March 24, 2021

Melanie Malone teaches “Abolition Geography”

IAS faculty member Melanie Malone, along with colleagues Megan Ybarra (UW Seattle), JM Wong (Free Them All), and Edd Hampton (Blaq Elephant Party), taught a special winter microseminar entitled "Abolition Geography" with community partners, UW graduate students, and Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore. The microseminar culminated in a ...

March 22, 2021

Jessica Crawford shares insights on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

As more COVID-19 vaccines become available, countries around the world are faced with the daunting task of carrying out mass vaccinations. Master of Arts in Policy Studies alum Jessica Crawford, serves as Director, Global Technical Team for VillageReach, a non-profit global health innovator that develops, tests, implements and scales new solutions to critical health system challenges in low-resource environments. Crawford is responsible for ...

March 16, 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

Mary Houston gives back

IAS alum Mary Houston (Society, Ethics & Human Behavior ’08, M.A. in Policy Studies ‘10) found education, confidence and career credentials at UW Bothell where she maintains ties as a member of the Community Engagement Council. Houston has had a meaningful relationship with UW Bothell since she returned to college in her 40s. Not only did it help her jump start a new career, it has also put her in the position to help others do the same in her role as director of service delivery at Workforce Snohomish.

February 18, 2021

Rob Turner advances sustainability in teaching and scholarship

IAS faculty member Rob Turner helped run an hour-long discussion session at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities in January. The session was titled Fostering Sustainability Out of a Pandemic: Pathways for Higher Education to Create a More Resilient Institution and Society. In November, he received ...

February 9, 2021

Melissa Schutten discusses DEI in the Salish Sea on KPTZ

On February 3, IAS alum Melissa (Watkinson) Schutten and colleague Michael Chang, of Cascadia Consulting Group, were interviewed on KPTZ 91.9 FM’s Coastal Café about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the Salish Sea. Schutten and Chang are ...

February 8, 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

Melanie Malone publishes “Teaching Critical Physical Geography”

IAS faculty member Melanie Malone recently published an article in the Journal of Geography in Higher Education entitled "Teaching Critical Physical Geography." Beyond providing a framework for how to teach CPG, the article also provides methods for students to overcome power dynamics and ...

November 24, 2020