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2018 Circle of Recognition

IAS IntersectionsIAS Circle of Recognition - 2018

Every year, the University of Washington recognizes the extraordinary achievements and contributions of IAS students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community partners — as scholars, civic leaders, and professionals — to the campus, university, and region. As a school, IAS is proud of each and every notification we receive that “one of ours” has received an award.

Below you can read about IAS faculty, students, alumni, and community partners who were recognized in the past year in the following categories:

University of Washington Bothell 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award

Karam DanaKaram Dana
IAS faculty member Karam Dana is the recipient of the 2018 University of Washington Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award, one of the University’s highest honors.

Dana, an assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, joined the faculty in 2012. In recommending him for the award, the award selection committee cited Dana's focus on reciprocity, rigor, empathy and learning, as well as courses that resonate with students who care about social justice, fairness and equality.

“Karam has consistently performed at the highest level and fully represents the high value that faculty at UW Bothell place on teaching and learning,” said Chancellor Wolf Yeigh in making the announcement.

Created in 1995, the UW Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award is presented each year to a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching, exemplifying what it means to fulfill the academic mission of the University of Washington Bothell. 

The award carries a $5,000 honorarium. Dana will be honored at awards ceremonies and recognized at the UW Bothell commencement ceremony.

Read the full award announcement on the UW Bothell news site.

University of Washington Bothell Founders Fellow

UW Bothell Founders Fellow Research Scholarship Awards encourage and recognize undergraduate research in all disciplines and interdisciplines represented on the UW Bothell campus.  These awards provide students with the support, time, and attention to pursue a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. 

Robin CruzOne IAS student was selected as a Founders Fellow in 2018:

Robin Cruz
Interactive Media Design

Research Project: "Sin Lluvia"

Faculty Mentor: micha cárdenas


Mary Gates Research Scholarship

Mary Gates Research Scholarships are competitive scholarships intended to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Washington while they are engaged in research guided by faculty. We hope that with research scholarships, students may focus more attention and time, deepening their inquiry into a discipline or project with a reduced financial burden.

Andrea J. BilottaAndrea J. Bilotta (Winter 2018)
Community Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Douglas Wacker, School of STEM

Project Title: "Does Gap Duration Affect Behavior responses of the American Crow (corvus brachyrhynchos)?"

Project Summary: Creating non-harsh crow calls to play back to crows in the wild during pre-roost aggregations to elicit assembly and other forms of behavioral responses.

UW Husky 100

Each year, the Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma in all areas of study, who are making the most of their time at the UW.  Out of the seven students from UW Bothell selected in 2018, five are IAS majors!

Lisa FryettLisa Fryett (Blackfeet)
Society, Ethics & Human Behavior

“The heart of my work as a student at the University of Washington Bothell has been serving as a voice of empowerment for more inclusive curriculum and greater support on campus for Native students. I am grateful for my Husky experience in that it enabled my personal transformation in advocacy and leadership, while also helping to create a more inclusive learning environment for future students as well.”

Tanya KumarTanya Kumar
Law, Economics & Public Policy

“Thanks to my time at the UW, I have newfound passions in policy, legal studies, security and technology and have been fortunate to have had a myriad of experiences that connect these areas. I was blessed to have served UWB as student body president and will be working as a federal cybersecurity policy analyst after graduation. Throughout my Husky Experience, I’ve learned a variety of skills that have molded me to the person I am today; but most importantly, the UW has allowed me to extend my education into the real world as well.”

Allison PaceAllison Pace
Community Psychology

“My Husky Experience has opened the doors to a multitude of experiences I never thought were available to me. Working as an assistant career advisor, co-founding a student SHRM Chapter, studying abroad, and undertaking an internship have all helped me grow both personally and professionally. UW Bothell has been encouraging and supportive; because of my relationships with exceptional mentors and peers, I feel ready to start my career in human resources.”

Leah ShinLeah Shin
Interactive Media Design

“I am fascinated by people and technology and am human-centered in everything I do. I have an insatiable passion to find solutions for communities, build products to make humans lives easier and confidently embrace my voice as an Asian-American woman through storytelling. As a Husky I use my voice to foster action. I am a spokeswoman in ASUWB, built a phone app focused on diversity and inclusion, launched a nationwide social movement, served as a mentor in literacy and business and intern at a tech company.”

John Avi SochaJohn Avi Socha
Law, Economics & Public Policy

“As a young civil servant, I have always striven to be on the forefront of the fight to support and engage in service to my community. In my perspective, the real value of theory and schooling is in how it can be applied in the real world. Through application of my UW education, I have managed to grow as a professional by dedicating myself to good causes on multiple continents. My ultimate goal is to build an international coalition of problem solvers dedicated to overcoming our world's greatest challenges.”

IAS Hall of Alumni Excellence

The IAS Hall of Alumni Excellence recognizes alumni at varying stages of career who are established or emerging leaders in their fields, policy changing public servants, and devoted and inspiring mentors. They are extraordinary alumni who embody IAS’s mission, values, and goals and demonstrate equity and inclusion in their work and lives.

Jefferson KetchelJefferson Ketchel (’08, M.A. in Policy Studies) is the administrator of the Snohomish Health District, which provides programs and services to Snohomish County, improving the health of individuals, families, and communities through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Ketchel has over 24 years of public health experience, including five years as administrator for Grant County Health District and 15 years with Public Health – Seattle & King County.  He is former president of the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials and a past chair of the Washington State Board of Registered Sanitarians.  Ketchel is also a graduate of Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Executive Education Program and the CDC’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute.

Mary Le NguyenMary Le Nguyen (’06, American Studies, ’09, M.A. in Policy Studies) is the executive director for Washington Community Action Network (CAN), the state’s largest grassroots social justice organization with over 44,000 members. She has more than a decade of community organizing experience with prior roles as membership manager for Social Justice Fund NW, community organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21 labor union, and board president of Vietnamese Friendship Association.  

In Winter 2018, Nguyen served as a co-instructor for the Policy Studies practicum course, a collaboration between Washington CAN and the Policy Studies program. Students canvassed neighborhoods and created issue power maps for Washington CAN, while Nguyen and her staff provided training, information, and guidance to students.

Natalie Singer-VelushNatalie Singer-Velush (’16, MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics) is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her hybrid memoir, California Calling: A Self-Interrogation, was published by Hawthorne Books in 2018. She is an invited 2017/2018 writer ambassador for On the Boards, a contemporary performing arts collective in Seattle, where her critical responses to the season’s performances create a bridge of dialogue between artists and the community. She has taught poetry with Pongo Teen Writing to youth inside King County’s juvenile detention and at the state's psychiatric facility for youth. Natalie is also a communications manager at Microsoft. As a mother/artist, Natalie is concerned with the experiences of, and access granted to, parent artists and mothers in particular. In a culture where mothers navigate near-constant tension and marginalization around their identities as women and caregivers, mother/artists often struggle to access the resources available to other artists and which are critical to sustain a creative self. Through her creative and community work, Natalie is committed to supporting mother/artists so that their voices may be heard and their work elevated.

Stephen SsemaalaStephen Ssemaala (‘03, Global Studies) is the recipient of UW Bothell’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award, which honored his professional achievements and outstanding community service.  Once an elected leader to the Uganda Constituency Assembly and founder of an AIDS education organization, Ssemaala fled Uganda to avoid persecution and relocated to Washington state.  After graduating from UW Bothell, Ssemaala earned a law degree from UW School of Law.  Since 2006, he has worked as an assistant attorney general and contracts counsel for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services in Olympia. Ssemaala is also an adjunct instructor at South Puget Sound Community College, where he teaches American government, and the founding member of KamuKamu Learning Foundation, which works to improve schools and provide resources to children in Uganda.

IAS Outstanding Community Partner Award

The IAS Outstanding Community Partner award honors the extraordinary contribution of an IAS partner organization.  Recipients advance the IAS values of equity, inclusion, and social justice and link student learning and/or faculty scholarship to real-life experiences that positively impact our region and globe. We are honored to be working closely with these co-educators and change-makers.

21 Acres logo21 Acres Center for Local Food & Sustainable Living has been selected as the first recipient of the IAS Outstanding Community Partner Award.  21 Acres is a leader in sustainable and regenerative practices, serving as a living laboratory center for conscious consumers who want to learn new, more sustainable ways of living. Located on 21 acres of farmland in Woodinville, WA, the organization has been an IAS community partner for more than 10 years, engaging with countless students and instructors through internships, volunteer projects, and research around topics such as hydrogeology, green building, community gardening, edible forests, permaculture, pollinator habitat, and wetland restoration.  For many, 21 Acres has provided an introduction to sustainable living and inspired their careers paths.  Several alumni have gone onto work for the organization, including IAS alumni Aaron Huston (’13), Gretchen Johnson (’11), Marshall Leroy (’16), and Krystal Wasson (’15). 

"Through partnering with 21 Acres, our students gain opportunities to not only see first-hand how sustainable agriculture can be achieved, but be part of enhancing that sustainability at the site, and then take those perspectives and skills to new projects.  Each project is like a seed planted in each student's network and in their view of what is possible in our region.  This collaboration has been enormously inspiring."                              --Martha Groom, IAS faculty member

Husky Green Awards

The Husky Green Awards are sponsored by the UW Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) and are made possible by the 2008 Senior Class Gift for Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability. The awards are unique in recognizing university members’ commitment to sustainability.  Winners are presented with an award made from recycled glass, and the UW Botanic Gardens plant 10 plants in each winner's honor. 

Alexa RussoAlexa Russo
As UW Bothell’s student sustainability assistant, Alexa (’17, Environmental Studies) went above and beyond her expected duties within the office. She manages all communication platforms that connect the UW Bothell Sustainability office to the campus community, founded the Sustainability Educators Program, and played a key role in coordinating this year and last year’s Earth Week at UWB. Her dedication to promoting and increasing awareness on campus has been evident over the past two years within and outside the office, and this March Alexa graduated from the student assistant position to being named the Interim Sustainability Coordinator at UW Bothell.

Amy LambertAmy Lambert
IAS faculty member Amy Lambert is passionate about species-level conservation biology and plant community restoration, and deeply believes in student collaboration in classes. Amy has also contributed to developing the CCUWBee Research Initiative and restores pollinator populations in the Puget Sound area in her free time. She has become an inspiration for many young women pursuing science related fields with her passion, resilience, and commitment to breaking gender stereotypes in the community.

Washington Campus Compact Presidents’ Civic Leadership Award

The Washington Campus Compact Presidents’ Civic Leadership Award honors recipients for their commitment to leadership on campus and beyond. Part of the mission of the Washington Campus Compact is to support colleges in educating students for civic and social responsibility. Two IAS students (one undergraduate and one graduate) have received the 2018 Presidents’ Civic Leadership Award.

Salvador Salazar-CanoSalvador Salazar-Cano (Society, Ethics & Human Behavior) received the undergraduate award. Salazar-Cano has interned at 21 Progress, a Seattle nonprofit for equity and justice; worked as a student assistant in the UW Bothell student diversity center; and served as the first full-time advocate at the Washington Legislature for the Associated Students of the University of Washington Bothell.


Ayva ThomasAyva Thomas (Cultural Studies) received the graduate student award. Thomas has created the North Star Program, which connects UW Bothell mentors with students at Voyager Middle School in Everett, Washington. Because of the partnership, which Thomas hopes will expand to more schools, Chancellor Wolf Yeigh invited Voyager seventh-graders to witness last year’s UW Bothell commencement. Thomas graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Community Psychology.

Both Salazar-Cano and Thomas will now be considered for the Governor’s Civic Leadership Award.

Create the Change Award
(UW Bothell Equity & Inclusion Conference)

Haliehana StepetinHaliehana Stepetin
Second year Master of Arts in Cultural Studies student Haliehana Stepetin won the T-Mobile Create the Change Award at the 2018 UW Bothell Equity & Inclusion Conference. Stepetin worked with six other dancers, singers, drummers and artists to create the multimedia, multicultural presentation called “Resist, Subsist: A Contemporary Indigenous Performance.” It was the capstone project for a Master of Arts in cultural studies degree. She graduates in June.

By winning the competition, Stepetin will receive up to $5,000 and mentoring support from T-Mobile. The grant will help the performers travel to indigenous communities at Lummi Island and Neah Bay in Washington and perhaps other places in the Northwest, Stepetin says.

Spring 2018

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