Francis Abugbilla is a Ph.D. candidate in international studies in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He is currently a Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation 2021 Emerging Scholar and a Visiting Researcher at the German Development Institute in Bonn, Germany. His dissertation research is on conflicts and peacebuilding in post-conflict societies. He researches sustainable conflict resolution mechanisms in Africa.
Rasheena Fountain has recently joined our team as the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator for UW Sustainability and the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF). Rasheena was born in Chicago but spent some of her childhood in Central Illinois. Her experience on the west side of Chicago and Central Illinois shapes her lens on the natural world and its inhabitants.
The UW Program on the Environment is hosting a series of structured conversations this Fall with UW campus leaders who have helped create change, called "On race: Talking, Listening, Making Change." These "Open Spaces Conversations" will happen every Friday at 3 p.m., although some of them will be for Program on the Environment students only.
The College of the Environment's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is hosting "Intersectionality Project: UW Race & Equity / Earth Day." On April 15 in the Ethnic Cultural Center's Unity Suite at 1 - 2:30 p.m., a video featuring UW staff of color sharing their ideas on UW diversity, the environment and Earth Day from race & equity perspective will be screened.
The 2019 Environmental Justice Conference, organized by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the UW College of the Environment, will focus on issues of equity and inclusive collaboration to confront climate disruption. The theme is "In-Reach before Outreach." The main goal of this conference is to reflect on our outreach strategies and look into community-based solutions.
Join Voyage UW on February 21st at 7 p.m. in the Ethnic Cultural Theater for a screening of An American Ascent, a riveting documentary that follows the first African-American expedition team to tackle North America's highest peak, Denali. Rosemary Saal and Adina Scott, two climbers on the team, will join us afterwards for a Q&A about the importance on diversity and women leadership in the outdoors.
Really fascinating Faculty Friday post today by Quinn Russel Brown on a class being tought by Anu Taranath, a senior lecturer in Compartive History of Ideas and English about how to talk about power and privilege on campuses. Getting comfortable about talking about uncomfortable things is a key element of the course and Taranath has multiple ways in which she facilitates the conversation.
The 10th Annual Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lectures presents The Psychological Science of Inequity and Inequality. These free lectures discuss the latest research on factors affecting quality of life for underrepresented and non-majority individuals. As part of this popular series, notable experts from across the nation come to the University of Washington to co-present with faculty from the UW Department of Psychology.
This free, public series is made possible by a generous bequest from Professor Allen L. Edwards.
Image credit: UW Daily/Lindsey Yamada
UW Daily reporter Mohammed Kloub covered the 2015 UW Winter Powwow in his article The power of the powwow. Sponsored by the UW American Indian Student Commission (AISC), the UW Winter Powwow is an intertribal and intergenerational event that celebrates people and place allowing students and cummunity members from many tribes to keep culture and traditions alive for current and future generations.