Seattle educators, students primed for “Black Lives Matter at School” week

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Featured image by Chloe Collyer

via the South Seattle Emerald

Seattle based activists, teachers, and volunteers announced Monday afternoon a new five-day, nationally coordinated action to teach K-12 grade students about institutional racism, black history, and black identity.

This new coalition for racial equity in education, Black Lives Matter at Schools, traces its creation back to a one-day 2016 teaching event at South Seattle’s John Muir Elementary. Continue reading “Seattle educators, students primed for “Black Lives Matter at School” week”

Bellevue students empower peers with stress management skills

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Newport High School junior Sachi Madan (left) and sophomore Rosie Huang (right) discuss the next phase of their mental health awareness project after school on Jan. 16. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Corn/UW News Lab)

via The Bellevue Reporter

Before two Newport High School students launched a program to teach their peers about stress management, they had to prove the training was even needed.

Sophomore Rosie Huang and junior Sachi Madan knew from their own experiences all about Newport’s high-achieving academic culture. Their administrators, advisors and even classmates, however, took some convincing.

“People don’t seem to realize the magnitude of the issue,” Huang said. Continue reading “Bellevue students empower peers with stress management skills”

Local, state health programs for children scramble with CHIP in limbo

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Healthcare enrollment assistant Sharissa Tjok (left) and ICHS employee, and CHIP beneficiary, Qi Qun Ma Wong (right) stand in front of the ICHS Holly Park Clinic in South Seattle. (Photo by Sarah Corn)

via the Seattle Globalist

The federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is on borrowed time.

If Congress doesn’t reauthorize the program before the end of the year, federal health funding for 58,000 low-income Washington State children and pregnant women will dry up by February 2018. Continue reading “Local, state health programs for children scramble with CHIP in limbo”

Interactive art project on campus challenges how we frame sexual violence

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One side of the canvas asks visitors, “What will you personally do to do better for the victims?” Participants write their responses as students make their way to class outside of the Allen libraries. (Photo by Lucas Boland)

via The Daily of the University of Washington

Parent. Coworker. Tinder date. Classmate. Priest. Dentist. Teacher. Colleague. Boyfriend. Manager. Stranger. Grandfather. Police officer. Cousin. Doctor. Best friend.

People from every corner of American society were featured on canvas panels outside Allen Library last week, as survivors stepped up with marker in hand to answer the question “Who perpetrated sexual violence/harassment against you?”

Continue reading “Interactive art project on campus challenges how we frame sexual violence”

Engaging conflict at the 2017 International Comics Arts Forum conference

via The Daily of the University of Washington

The conflicts that generated rousing, unexpected, and occasionally contentious discussions at The International Comic Arts Forum’s (ICAF) 2017 conference this past weekend left attendees with hard but hopeful questions for future studies.

Continue reading “Engaging conflict at the 2017 International Comics Arts Forum conference”

From protests to provost

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Courtesy photo of outgoing University of Washington provost Gerald “Jerry” Baldasty.

Reflections on a half-decade of service

via The Daily of the University of Washington

In the fall of 1968, amid reactions to the Black Student Union’s sit-in at then-President Charles Odegaard’s offices and mounting unrest over the Vietnam War, freshman Gerald J. “Jerry” Baldasty entered his very first classroom at the UW.

Looking back on that time from his Gerberding Hall office, now-retiring Provost Baldasty marveled at the trajectory his UW career has taken, describing the almost-50-year journey from student to senior administrator as “transformative.”

“Coming from a working-class family in eastern Washington, who would have thought [I]’d ever become a provost or even a faculty member,” Baldasty said.

Continue reading “From protests to provost”

Jayapal and Smith push bill to end immigration’s private prisons

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A protestor climbed a light pole outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma in 2015 and hung and unfurled a sign reading “You are not alone” in Spanish to the detainees inside. (Photo by Angelica Chazaro)

via the Seattle Globalist

Seattle-area legal assistant and DREAMer Graciela Nuñez puts her fear of being detained in the U.S. immigration system in stark terms.

“I am more scared to be put in the Tacoma detention center than I am of being deported,” Nuñez said. Continue reading “Jayapal and Smith push bill to end immigration’s private prisons”