Office of Student Financial Aid corrects outdated, charged reference to Northeast China

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Schmitz Hall on the University of Washington campus houses both the International Student Services and Student Financial aid administrative offices. The departments are working to eliminate all outdated references to Northeast China. (Photo by Sarah Corn)

via The Daily of the University of Washington

Two University of Washington offices are updating a scholarship’s antiquated and potentially offensive reference to a region still recovering from occupation at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army.

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA), in conjunction with International Student Services (ISS), is changing the term “Manchuria” to “Northeast China” in all literature relating to the Statira Biggs Scholarship, after Chinese international students raised concerns about the scholarship’s unclear, culturally insensitive application criteria.

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Shame, Mindfulness, and the Road to Racial Justice

via the University of Washington Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity’s Interrupting Privilege Blog

Interrupting Privilege Seminar, Winter 2018

I can generally gauge how effective I am and how much I’m learning in conversations about race by how uncomfortable and challenging it is to keep going. I use my shame and fragility as a guide to point me towards the areas that need the most attention. In that way, these emotions have been invaluable partners in my efforts to interrupt privilege.Continue Reading

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

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

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

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?”

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