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Intersections - Fall 2017

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Dean's Corner

Advancing Community and Civic Engagement

Bruce Burgett

It has been an eventful year for the School of IAS, both within our campus community and among our many alumni doing important work locally, nationally, and worldwide. Looking back at the many political, social, and environmental challenges our students and faculty face and address every quarter, I am reminded how uniquely situated IAS is to advance equitable and inclusive forms of civic and community engagement for our alumni and regional/global partners.

In our alumni feature, we hear from two IAS alumni, Kristi Cruz and Liam McGivern, who discuss their experiences in our “Washington, D.C. Human Rights Seminar,” and how they moved from those experiences to careers in civil rights.

In our student feature, you can learn about how Cathleen MacCaul applies her work in the Master of Arts in Policy Studies program to advocate for legislation to protect the elderly and people with disabilities from exploitation and theft.

Our faculty feature offers a behind-the-scenes looks at the redesign of our Policy Studies program, through a discussion with the program director Keith Nitta that explores a process that put into practice policy principles and methods.

These features are timely because they focus on high-impact learning practices that advance civic and community engagement.  To support this type of learning, IAS has recently undertaken a campaign to eliminate financial barriers to student participation.  The first target of that campaign is the D.C. Human Rights Seminar.  If you would like to support this goal, you can give to the Washington D.C Seminar Travel Assistance Fund.

As always, you can learn more about what students, faculty, and alumni are doing on the IAS News Blog.  To keep up to date on IAS events open to the campus and the public, you can also subscribe to a weekly digest of upcoming events here.  If you are an IAS alum, discover ways to connect and get involved by visiting our alumni page online.

Past issues of Intersections are accessible from the right sidebar here.

Feel free to send comments on these stories or ideas for others to IASinfo@uw.edu.

Bruce Burgett
Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences