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Troy Osaki  UW AES newsletter
Troy Osaki (AES ’13) began writing this poem while an undergraduate, as a way to describe the most important things he learned as an AES major. Over two or three years the poem germinated, lengthened, and transformed into a story format. “When a poem is a story you have lived through, it can take time to figure out its meaning,” Osaki says.“ Osaki is a spoken word poet and teaching artist who has led workshops for high school and college groups and for youth in transitional housing. He also is... Read more
In 1985, a new Department of American Ethnic Studies united African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and the Center for Chicano Studies — three programs that had been semi-autonomous units since the 1970s. This fall, alumni, students, faculty, and staff will recognize this milestone through a symposium and celebrations that look back at the department’s roots and significant milestones, and that also will look to the future in a field that constantly evolves along with societal changes... Read more
Sherman Alexie
Faculty, students, and staff will be excited to welcome Sherman Alexie back to AES for the coming academic year and beyond. He was a senior artist in residence from December 2003 through June 2013. An iconic writer and poet on the Native American experience, Alexie is the author of 24 books including novels, collections of short fiction, and works of poetry. Classic titles are The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Reservation Blues, and The Absolutely True Diary... Read more
Salvadore Gomez UW Pipeline Project Fourth Grade Students
“Mr. Sal! Mr. Sal!” the fourth graders called out when Salvador Gomez walked into their classroom in Long Beach in late March. “I was surprised and happy they remembered me from last year,” Gomez says. A volunteer with the UW Pipeline Project, he returned to spend the 2014 spring break tutoring and mentoring grade school students from highly diverse backgrounds. “Last year it took a whole week for the third graders to write a book sharing their stories — funny ones and heartbreakingly sad ones... Read more
LaShawnDa Pittman
Assistant Professor LaShawnDa Pittman wasn’t expecting much of a response to her in class and email request seeking student volunteers to help develop a report for the Mayors Council on African American Elders (MCAAE). To her surprise, seven replied and said yes. In doing so, they gained insights into city policy planning and the plight of underserved African American elders, and made a big contribution to completing the report, now in review by Mayor Ed Murray’s staff. “All the council members... Read more
Ana Marie Cauce UW Interim President
The AES community applauds two of its long-time faculty members in their rise to the UW’s top leadership positions in March. The Board of Regents named Provost Ana Mari Cauce as interim president when President Michael Young left to become president at Texas A&M University. To fill the interim provost position, Cauce tapped Jerry Baldasty, senior vice provost for academic and student affairs since 2012. In a time of transition, the UW is in the stewardship of two highly experienced and... Read more
Parissh Knox at DC Wall
Parissh Knox (BA AES, ’96) prefers eating family style and tends to follow his own path in life. He strives to live a life of a servant leader. Foremost, he tries to always remember his roots and how blessed his life has been. And he rarely checks “one box only” on personal information forms. As an Okinawan Black White transnational adoptee, Knox had to learn English when he came to the US as a child.  Adopted by a military family, they moved from base to base until his family reached Tacoma,... Read more
UW 2014 Exploration Seminar South China Macau
When Westerners think or study about China, or travel there, much of their attention goes to Beijing and Shanghai, and other areas in the north. Mostly overlooked is the southern Chinese coast. That, according to Connie So, a senior lecturer in AES, bypasses a culturally and  historically important region that is the ancestral homeland of most Chinese Americans, including So and many of her students. Calling attention to and increasing understanding of southern China’s past and present was the... Read more
Alfredo Arrequin 2014 exhibit in Spain
Northwesterners have long appreciated the work of Alfredo Arreguín, celebrated artist of the Americas, native of Mexico, long-time Seattle resident, and alumnus of the UW fine arts program. This past year, an exhibit curated by AES chair Lauro Flores traveled to three institutions in Spain, putting his complex and vibrant paintings on view for new audiences.   Diseños y Naturaleza / Sueños y Naturaleza (Designs and Nature, Dreams and Nature) ... Read more
The annual Spring Celebration event provides students with the opportunity to showcase the many ways they are engaging in leadership and service. Through a gallery of student projects and oral breakout sessions, students present their engagement and discuss their service and leadership experiences with other students, faculty, community partners, civic and university leaders.