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Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes
The Pura Belpré Award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.   2015 Author Honor Book Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes, written by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Raúl Colón and published by Dial Books for... Read more
Connie So receives 2015 International Examiner Community Voice Award
  Dr. Connie So, Senior Lecturer, is a recipient of the 2015 International Examiner Community Voice Award, celebrating the exceptional achievements of Asian Pacific American leaders who have inspired and greatly impacted the community at the local and/or global level.  
KCTS-9 series, In Close, Examines the tense relationship between police and minority communities in Washington. Against a backdrop of increasing unrest and growing distrust of law enforcement and government, some of Washington’s most respected leaders in government, culture, civil rights and education --including AES Assistant Professor LaShawnDa Pittman-- speak up about the realities of race relations in the greater Seattle... Read more
 Mayors Council on African American Elders (MCAAE)
Assistant Professor LaShawnDa Pittman is a member of the Mayors Council on African American Elders (MCAAE), appointed by the Mayor to serve as an intermediary between African American elders who experience multiple disparities and policy makers. MCAAE members and UW students identified several areas that need attention, including their overrepresentation among homeless individuals age 50 and older, kinship caregivers, and socially... Read more
Hall of Fame basketball coach and player Lenny Wilkens
Hall of Fame basketball coach and player Lenny Wilkens visited Terry Scott's AES 335 (Sports and Social Change in the 20th Century) class to discuss his career in the 1960s.  He also spoke about his role as assistant and then head coach of the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Dream Teams, respectively.
Akinyele Omowale Umoja, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Georgia State University
November, 2014 Campus talk: Akinyele Omowale Umoja discussed the critical role of armed resistance to the Southern freedom struggle and the dismantling of segregation and Black disenfranchisement. Dr. Umoja is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Georgia State University, where he teaches courses on the history of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements and other... Read more
This day-long teach-in, hosted by the Department of Communication, examined the challenges of talking about race in the 21st century, and explored the broader landscape of student and youth activists ­­working to challenge state violence, including those focused on disappeared students in Mexico, imperial wars, immigrant rights, the prison-industrial complex... Read more
Arreguín: diseños y naturaleza / sueños y naturaleza
Arreguín: diseños y naturaleza / sueños y naturaleza, an exhibition curated by professor Lauro H. Flores, chair of the Department of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington, is currently touring Spain. The representative sample of Arreguín’s paintings was first presented in the City of León, at the Palacio del Conde Luna, home of the UW León Center, with the co-sponsorship of the Division of Spanish & Portuguese... Read more
Steve Sumida
We’re proud to share that Professor Steve Sumida recently appeared in Breaking the Silence by Nikki Nojima Louise: a readers theatre drama of Japanese immigration to the West Coast of the U.S., the challenges of immigrants and a new culture, the hysteria during World War II, with the internment of the Japanese Americans at the camps, and the legal struggle of the constitutional redress. This program was part of the Seeking Justice Series presented by Linfield College that focuses on... Read more
AES Graduation Cake
Congratulations to all American Ethnic Studies graduates of 2014. Attendees experienced a keynote speech given by Justice Steven C. Gonzalez