Issue 11

UW Bothell Spotlight Newsletter

Stories in this Edition

Universal Leadership Conference Universal Leadership Conference by Marlene Manzo
Making UW Bothell History


A Face in Radio A Face in Radio by Andrew Nguyen
Student Leaders Making UW Bothell Radio a Reality


Food in the Urban Landscape Food in the Urban Landscape by Nate Stout
Food Movements Growing in Unexpected Places


Universal Leadership Conference

Making UW Bothell History
By Marlene Manzo

The Universal Leadership Conference (ULC) took place all day Saturday, May 4 at Mobius Hall. Close to 200 students participated in the conference. The focus of ULC was to empower students into leadership by focusing on diversity as an element of leadership. Workshop topics varied from racial and ethnic awareness, personal leadership development, social justice and advocacy and cross cultural communication. Student groups from Skagit Valley, Shoreline and Kent came to participate in the first annual conference.

Howard Behar, former CEO and President of Starbucks International, participated in a workshop by UW Bothell staff members, Anthony Kelley and Sacha Nunn. Their workshop presentation, “Negotiating through the Funk: Using the Tool of Racial Identity Development” focused on working through the difficulties of racial identity, and envisioning an ideal and diverse society.

Mr. Behar was so impressed with the conference that he took the time to write the ULC team and presenters, including Kelley and Nunn. In part, his note read, “Anthony and Sacha, although I certainly enjoy speaking, the session the two of you put about diversity was truly outstanding. You created a wonderful atmosphere for everyone who attended the workshop. I came away having grown as a human being.”

Universal Leadership Conference Two UW Bothell students were also awarded the Excellence in Leadership Award 2013. Aaron Huston and Drew Stone were presented this award for their outstanding leadership in and outside of the UW Bothell campus community.

Founder and Chair of ULC Tyrell Edwards praised everyone involved, “We had the perfect combination of student participants who were passionate about their personal and professional development and presenters who were eager to provide social justice, service and leadership lessons.” Edwards added, “The dedicated student committee and incredible support from the Office of Student Life faculty and staff resulted in a very successful inaugural conference, setting the foundation for years to come.”

To learn more about the conference, click here.

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A Face in Radio

Student Leaders Making UW Bothell Radio a Reality
By Andrew Nguyen

Paul Kim, a senior in media and communications Studies, is the general manager of UWave and shares his vision for UW Bothell radio.

“It’s very simple, be a source of real world experience for students and create a radio program that contributes to community and culture,” says Kim.

Kim grew up in Wichita and his first memories are being at the University of Kansas when his father was earning his Ph.D.

Kim served as an intern at KEXP in 2012 and now assists in talk radio production for KBCS 91.3. Building an institution for hyper-local content and a technical training ground for students keeps Kim motivated.

“This is perfect timing for the campus. With more students and a new building under construction a radio station will showcase the talent in Bothell and bring more attention to the region. I’m always surprised how many artists I meet on campus.” explains Kim.

Kim is working with Washington State Senator Maralyn Chase on a bill that will appropriate money for UWave’s infrastructure. UWave is also anticipating the award of a cultural development grant from King County.

Small steps also matter. As he talks about the UWave vision, Kim opens a package of sound deadening material for the studio. For this sound producer it’s like opening a holiday present.

Paul Kim He describes what shouldn’t be on the airwaves, radio that doesn’t inform listeners on the issues or contribute to cultural development.

The UWave team is applying for a low power radio (LPFM) license from the FCC in October and will begin internet streaming on June 7.

Programming includes showcasing local artists and student-led talk radio.

Stay connected with UWave here.

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Food in the Urban Landscape

Food Movements Growing in Unexpected Places
By Nate Stout

Community Garden

Lauren Russell is one of the most amusing people you will meet on the UW Bothell campus. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she has a knack for impressions, observations as insightful as they are funny, and she keeps the conversation open and inviting.

Underneath this fun-loving persona, Russell is a dedicated scholar, whose research as an undergraduate in the geography program at UW Seattle focused on community garden development in impoverished areas.

“I learned about the inequalities that take place in urban landscapes during my undergraduate work,” Russell explains, ”There’s a lot happening right now in places like New York, Detroit, and Oakland to compensate for the issues of access to nutritious food. People are growing their own food right in the city, on roof tops, and in vacant lots.”

Currently finishing up her first year in the cultural studies graduate program, Russell is building on her previous work by going deeper into the social and political structures that create the inequalities that severely impact the health of urban residents. Lately, Russell has been developing a strategy for her research over the next year and beyond.

“Over the next year, I hope to be able to merge my research in community gardens, food oppression, access and inequalities in a way that supports food movements and provides a good foundation for the pursuit of a doctoral degree in the future.”

To learn more about community gardens check out:

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