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Latinx Heritage Month
October 4, 2021
Roxana Pardo Garcia (2013)  and Jake Prendez (2000) have both been featured in Community Stories -- the ... Read more
AES Alumnus Cesar Cueva
May 19, 2021
I am a proud Filipino American and self-described introvert. My life and artwork have been inspired by many things, including but not limited to cartoons, video games, comic books, movies, Filipino American history, and issues surrounding social justice and equity. I feel like I’ve always been hyper-aware of my Filipino American community and I made it a point to learn more about my community. I majored in American Ethnic Studies in order to better understand the issues that face not only my... Read more
AES Alumnus Paulo Pontemayor
May 13, 2021
The Horizon Award is presented to an APAICS alumnus who has dedicated extensive time and energy to promoting, encouraging, mentoring and inspiring AAPIs to serve the community through public service.
Roxana Pardo Garcia, cofounder of Alimentado el Pueblo, poses for a portrait outside Lake Burien Presbyterian Church, December 14, 2020
December 29, 2020
This Burien food pantry provides more than familiar staples to the Latinx community. AES Alumna Roxana Pardo Garcia organizes a food pantry serving King County’s Latinx community, one that offers a more positive experience during these hard times. Read more here.
AES Alumna Priya Frank
December 23, 2020
The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) announced today the appointment of AES Alumna Priya Frank as Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (DEDI), a new position on the museum’s executive team. Frank has been at SAM since 2016 as the Associate Director of Community Programs in the Education department and the founding chair of the staff-led Equity Team. This new role grows out of Frank’s ongoing work at SAM to integrate racial equity into the museum’s... Read more
Gillian Duenas
December 7, 2020
Founded in 1994, the Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) is dedicated to promoting diversity at the UW and in the UW alumni community, and are leaders in addressing issues of equality and equity through scholarships, mentoring, lectures and University community engagement. MAP is open to everyone; the only qualification is a passion for diversity and social justice. Read Gillian's story... Read more
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June 25, 2018
Hork Do remembers the moment his interest in studying American Ethnic Studies was officially sparked. During a trip to the UW to shadow his older cousin who was a student at the university, he decided to sit in on a large lecture course taught by Dr. Connie So. At the time, Hork was a high school senior at Kent Meridian High School and was trying to figure out where to apply for college. So’s class that day was the catalyst for his future education as an AES student. “I remember thinking,” Hork... Read more
Lorna Hamill
June 25, 2018
Lorna Hamill has her dream job. As she explains it: When I ask my students what they see themselves doing, I think, hey, this is what I see myself doing—working with these students." Hamill took on the role of Academic Counselor for American Ethnic Studies at the beginning of Autumn 2017. In 2018, she also became the adviser for the Diversity Minor at UW, a new task she gladly took on because it gave her an opportunity to work with even more students. An AES graduate herself,... Read more
Gutierrez Reacts to Election Results. GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic
December 22, 2015
In a historic election, Yakima Valley has elected three Latinas to their City Council. One of these new council members is 2014 AES graduate Dulce Gutierrez. Gutierrez was born in the economically disadvantaged area of East Yakima that includes a majority Mexican-American population. After receiving a scholarship through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gutierrez became the first woman in her family to attend college.   At the University of Washington, Gutierrez became deeply involved... Read more