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Category: Students

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

Timely lessons from 2020: The Course

IAS faculty members Karam Dana and Cinnamon Hillyard were among the two dozen faculty from across the University of Washington who shared insights about a year of historic upheaval and change in a class called 2020: The Course. A good fit with UW Bothell’s cross-disciplinary approach, 2020: The Course featured perspectives from diverse faculty in public health, social science and data science, with nearly everyone touching questions of social justice, Hillyard said. Issues included racial inequities, health care access, domestic violence, the presidential election and how social media tells you what you want to hear.

January 11, 2021

Madison Nikfard: Personal growth through writing, digital arts

Madison Nikfard, a Media & Communication Studies graduate (’20) who excelled in writing and digital arts, continues at UW Bothell in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics program. For making the most of her UW education, Nikfard was recognized this past academic year as one of the Husky 100 students honored from across all three UW campuses.

January 4, 2021

In Defense of a Humanities Education

IAS junior Joe Lollo wrote an opinion piece for The Husky Herald on the relevance of humanities education. A double-major in Culture, Literature & the Arts and Media & Communication Studies, Lollo is an aspiring educator and has been contributing to The Husky Herald for two years. “The humanities really are a valuable course of study – it is not only edifying and intellectually stimulating, but ...

December 15, 2020

Human rights student researcher reflects on meeting with Senator Patty Murray

When I first heard that UW Bothell’s D.C. Human Rights Seminar would be held virtually this year, I couldn’t help but be disappointed and worried. The seminar would have been a week-long trip to Washington D.C., where we get to meet with several federal bodies and think tanks to research human rights cases. But can these types of conversations still be possible if these meetings are all virtual instead?

December 15, 2020

Supporting International Students course boosted by alumni

International students have unique needs and face different challenges than their counterparts. Prior to the pandemic, IAS staff members Jung Lee and Sakara Buyagawan received a UW Bothell Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement Fellowship to explore support options for international students. Their efforts, however, became urgent when the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) placed restrictions on international students’ visitor status, due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

December 10, 2020

Shining the spotlight on Sarah Ramirez

Sarah Ramirez is used to being on stage as a dancer with Bailadores de Bronce, a Mexican traditional dance team. Ramirez is also now in the spotlight as a 2019-20 participant in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which prepares students for graduate school. Ramirez, who is double majoring in American & Ethnic Studies and in Law, Economics & Public Policy, is only the second student in UW Bothell’s 30-year history to receive this honor.

December 2, 2020

Mari McMenamin: Border Stories

IAS student Mari McMenamin's podcast on life at the Mexico/Southern California border for 91.3 KBCS (Bellevue College’s award-winning community radio station serving the Seattle-Tacoma region) is featured in an article from Bellevue College News. At KBCS ...

November 9, 2020