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.
Hey! I'm Leena, the new UW Sustainability Graphic Designer. I will be going into my senior year at UW, finishing up a double degree in Marketing and Interdisciplinary Visual Arts. I'm passionate about accessible and inclusive visual communication, and have the main aim of creating spaces for conversation and vulnerability in my work. After graduation, I'm hoping to pursue a career in visual design that allows me to combine my fields of study and solve problems with business thinking rooted in creativity.
Hi everyone, I’m Kalina and I am the UW Sustainability Project Assistant. I am a first year graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration through the Evans School. Before coming to Seattle, I lived in Wisconsin for all of my life and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I received a BS in Community and Nonprofit Leadership. My passions are directly related to community health and how we can better our systems to improve the lives of those around us.
Hi everyone! My name is Annika and I’m joining the UW Sustainability team as the communications intern. I’m currently a freshman in Engineering, hoping to also explore writing along the way. I grew up with a green thumb, where I developed a passion for nurturing plants and admiring the beauty of nature. Once I worked on a science project about honey bees, I realized that the self-sustainability of plants and organisms fascinates me to no end. From there, I knew I wanted to pursue environmental stewardship to greater depths.
Hi! I’m Grace and I am the UW Sustainability team's graphic design intern. I am a junior studying Human Centered Design and Engineering. I am really excited to start this position because it enables me to improve on my design skills while also working around and with people who are passionate about sustainability.
My name is Madeline Zschiesche, and I am a junior at the University of Washington double majoring in Law, Societies, and Justice and Political Science. I am ecstatic to be joining the UW Sustainability Team as the Green Certification Program Coordinator. I admire the work being done here at UW Sustainability, and am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a hard working team. My interest in sustainability is paired with a drive for inclusivity and a goal of environmental work that includes everyone here at the UW and beyond.
This guest post is by Gabrielle Coeuille. Gabrielle is a senior at the University of Washington, majoring in International Studies with a focus on Environmental Studies at the Jackson School. She hopes to explore international waste management systems after graduation.
This summer I had the opportunity to intern with the Waste Management Recycle Corps – an award-winning program that puts college students through an intensive hands-on job training and then deploys them to lead recycling education and outreach in communities across Puget Sound.
This Spring, UW Recycling staff guest-taught students in the Nutritional Sciences 302 Food Systems class - led by faculty member Yona Sipos - regarding the composting process and how to sort compostable materials on campus. The students were then given an assignment to think about ways the University of Washington could reduce food waste.
We've included a selection of the student thoughts below:
Hi! I’m Caitlin and I’m joining the UW Sustainability team as the new graphic design assistant. Currently, I’m a senior in the UW Division of Design majoring in visual communication design. I’m most excited about this position because it gives me the opportunity to explore design in a new field—one that I am particularly interested in.