Tasha Buttler has been teaching at UW Bothell and UW Seattle for fifteen years. Most of her courses draw on current events including material from critical race theory and literature of underrepresented groups. She has a M.S. and a Ph.D. and has worked for the public defender’s office, in environmental sciences, and as a liaison between private industry, government, universities, and the public. She is interested in models of how people learn so as to engage students as they develop critical reflexive thinking and passions for their pursuits. Her research investigates the role of exile and translation as forces of psychic and social change. She is currently in collaboration with organizers from the Steve Biko foundation in Salvador, Brazil, and with Xavier Vatin, the director of the Black Culture Studies Center for Afro-Brazilian Studies at the Federal University in Bahia, Brazil. Both are interested in psychic and political forces that have perpetuated more than 500 years of denial of the cultural contributions of African-descended peoples in Brazil and the U.S., and more recently, in movements of empowerment. Tasha leads study abroad to Brazil every year to work with these individuals and others. She also tutors returning adults to college health-care majors, and works for the Foster Business School. She has long enjoyed the translation of literature from Portuguese and Spanish.