Office of Student Financial Aid corrects outdated, charged reference to Northeast China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 The departments are working to eliminate all outdated references to Northeast China.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

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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Meet comic book legends at free academic conference

ICAF 2017

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via The Daily of the University of Washington

You too can join forces with a foundational Japanese manga creator, an award-winning Peruvian comics journalist, a Fantagraphics Books co-founder, a local cartoonist, a comic book rock star, and a league of international comics speakers.

Their elusive annual headquarters, the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF) conference is free to attend and open to the public Nov. 2-4 in the HUB.

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