Wednesday, April 29, 2015


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Monday, April 27, 2015

Applications for the Agnes Nelson Scholarship are available. Deadline: Friday, May 8th.

The Agnes C. Nelson Memorial Scholarship is offered to students majoring in either Political Science or Economics, who demonstrate interest in BOTH fields.  One scholarship, approximately $7,600 towards tuition for the 2015-16 Academic year, will be awarded to a student who shows commitment to these fields and meets the following eligibility criteria:

1.  maintain a cumulative UW GPA of at least 3.2,
2.  have completed 25 combined credits in Economics and Political Science, with at least 10 credits in each department,
3.  have completed 75 credits by the end of Spring Quarter 2015,
4.  have submitted a completed application form with all necessary attachments,
5.  be eligible for financial aid, as determined by the UW Financial Aid Office.

***If you did not apply for financial aid (submit a FAFSA) by the February 28th, 2015 deadline, contact the Financial Aid Office in 105 Schmitz Hall about submitting a late application.***

The deadline for the Agnes Nelson Scholarship application is Friday, May 8th, 2015.
Return the application to the Political Science Advising Office in 215 Smith Hall.  Double Majors in Econ and Pol S may return the application to either the Pol S Advising or Econ Advising offices.

The application packet must include the following:

1.  A completed application form (click here).  Applications are also available in the Political Science Advising Office in 215 Smith.
2.  Current unofficial transcripts of all college work (UW transcripts can be printed from your MyUW page).  Transcripts from other schools are in your departmental advising file.
3.  A 500-word essay (2 pages, double-spaced) in which you examine the interrelationships between political processes and economic decisions.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Study Abroad at Home with CHID Local/Global Engagement

Want to have an international experience this summer without leaving Seattle?

Study abroad at home through CHID’s 12-credit “Local/Global Engagements: Theory, Agency, and Change” program!

CHID is offering a unique 12-credit summer program enabling students to gain internship experience in local organizations with a transnational focus in order to better understand linkages among local and global realities.

In addition to the internship (tailored to student interests), students will participate in a seminar two days per week to reflect on their own social, political, economic, and ecological positioning and agency, as well as examine how social justice movements and other collectivities work to link theory with practice in efforts to create a more just and healthy world.

Course Details
Courses: CHID/CEP 498C (2 credits), CHID/CEP 399 (10 credits)
Full-term Summer Quarter (June-August)
Class meets on Mondays 9:40am-2:10pm and Tuesdays 9:40am-12:30pm
Open to all majors

Please contact Erin Clowes at if you have questions or want to participate.

Peace Corps Spring Events - 4/23

Great summer VLPA/W course on Utopian/Dystopian Fictions

Course Details:
SLN 11302
English 200B: Utopian/Dystopian societies in contemporary fiction Summer (A term)
VLPA and W credit
Professor John O'Neill -
M, T, W, Th, 10:50am - 1:00pm
A term, June 22 - July 22

As Fox TV cast a "reality" series titled "Utopia," an article in the Seattle Times chronicled "the current craze for post-apocalyptic and dystopian stories." What accounts for this interest, evident in both popular culture and literature, in alternative communities or societies, whether these are anarchic or authoritarian, reminiscent of the state of nature or suggestive of a surveillance state?

In this class we will read three recent novels, set in the recent past, a recognizable present, or the near future, that experiment with different mixes of utopian, anti-utopian, and dystopian elements. We will engage with the literary elements of these novels, and explore some of the political and social implications of this turn in contemporary culture.

Novels by Dave Eggers, Chang-Rae Lee, and Lauren Groff.

Three short essays, group work, and class discussion.

Pacific & Western Disability Studies - A Workshop for Emerging Disability Studies Scholars and Activists

Cultivating and Connecting Resources: A Workshop for Emerging Disability Studies Scholars and Activists. We are interested in proposals that have potential to contribute to the field of disability studies.

Eligible submissions include research, advocacy, theoretical, or creative work. Completed projects, class projects, or works in progress are acceptable. Abstracts should be submitted in English. Limit one submission per author. The abstract deadline is Friday, May 1st.

More info can be found below:

Jamie Barnhorst | Academic Advisor
C21: Disability Studies, Diversity Minor, & ELS Minor
University of Washington | Padelford B-507 - 5th floor
Box 354380 | 206.616.2352
SPR 2015 Drop-in Office Hours: M & W 9-11

Event Details
Pacific and Western Disability Studies Symposium: Connecting Disability Studies, Disability Justice, and Disability Arts (

May 21 - 23, 2015


Cultivating and Connecting Resources: A Workshop for Emerging Disability Studies Scholars and Activists

May 22, 2015


Disability studies is a dynamic and growing field in the Pacific Northwest and West Coast. The symposium will raise critical questions about collaborations within the field and between scholars, artists, and activists. This workshop aims to:
  • Encourage discussion regarding disability studies resources in the region
  • Provide opportunities for peer-review, mentoring, and networking 
  • Create and enhance collaborative, interdisciplinary, cross-institutional relationships between faculty, students, and community members.

You should participate if you are an undergraduate or graduate student of a post-secondary institution, a recent graduate, or someone with work, volunteer, or activist experience related to disability studies. Contributors must be willing to have their work posted electronically for
symposium participants.


We are interested in proposals that have potential to contribute to the field of disability studies.

Disability studies challenges the traditional ways that disability is constructed in society. It focuses on the social, cultural, and political meanings of disability, including its intersections with other identity categories. Disability studies addresses the pervasive oppression
of people with disabilities and emphasizes the roles of disabled people in defining problems and evaluating solutions.

Eligible submissions include: research, advocacy, theoretical, or creative work. Completed projects, class projects, or works in progress are acceptable. Abstracts should be submitted in English. Limit one submission per author.


Abstract Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2015

Submit presenter information and abstract by going to:


Final Submission Deadline: Monday, May 18, 2015

Please submit in a format that best suits your work. Instructions about where to upload final submissions will be sent to the first authors of accepted work.

Some examples of formats include:
  • Oral presentation Podcast (audio file) (Please limit to 10 minutes or less)
  • Poster Powerpoint (Please use non-serif font, like Calibri)
  • Manuscript Word (Please limit to 10 pages or less and use non-serif font, like Calibri)

It is the responsibility of presenters to consider accessibility. For example, audio files should be accompanied by transcripts. Powerpoints should include alternative text for images and charts. Manuscripts should include headings to structure the paper. If possible, please use
the Microsoft Accessibility Checker prior to submitting work.


We are seeking faculty, students, or activists with strong backgrounds in disability studies and/or disability rights, who are willing to provide feedback and/or mentoring to the emerging scholars and activists participating in the workshop.

Please submit an electronic form by going to:


The Pacific and Western Disability Studies Symposium: Connecting Disability Studies, Disability Justice, and Disability Arts, involves several events that are free and open to the public at the University of Washington Seattle, May 21-23, 2015. Emerging scholars and activists are
encouraged to submit their work electronically for presentation and feedback, and they are invited to attend the full symposium. (

Thursday, May 21, 4:00-6:30pm, Kane Hall, Room 225 on "Disability Arts and Culture": Chicago-based artist Riva Lehrer will talk on "When Pain Eats the Picture: Portraiture, Disability, and the Ethics of Power," exploring the complexity of depicting vulnerable subjects and the
paradoxical nature of images of disability. Seattle-based musician Mindie Lind will kick off the program.

Friday, May 22, 10am-5pm, School of Law, Room 138 on "Critical Collaborations": To celebrate and enhance growth and collaboration in disability studies across the Pacific Northwest and West Coast, the workshop will facilitate discussion of an array of interests in the field, engage
support for students, and encourage connecting across disciplines and institutions. Speakers include Elizabeth Wheeler of the University of Oregon and Susan Schweik of UC Berkeley. Patty Berne, a SF Bay area community organizer who is also currently an instructor at UC Berkeley,
will participate in a conversation about movement building in academia, disability rights, disability justice, and cultural activism.

Saturday, May 23, 2-4pm (location and topic TBD): A presentation by Patty Berne, who is a co-founder of the disability justice framework and of the performance group Sins Invalid. Patty's background includes advocacy for immigrants and offering mental health support for survivors of
violence. She was featured in the documentary film "Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement," for her disability and LGBTQI advocacy within the field of reproductive and genetic technologies. Her experiences as a queer Haitian-Japanese power-chair using woman provide
grounding for her work creating "liberated zones" for oppressed people.

Entrepreneurship Minor for non-business majors!

Some people are just born to change the world. They see opportunities everywhere—from the daily annoyances to the grand challenges that face our society. But we can tell you that it takes more than a great idea. It takes the savvy skill set, knowledge, and energy of an entrepreneur.

If you’re a visionary with the passion and determination to shape the future,
get the business know-how
with the Foster School’s new, competitive Entrepreneurship Minor for undergraduates.

Copyright © 2015 University of Washington/Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, All rights reserved.
You're a UW undergraduate who is passionate about the startup scene, starting your own company and/or being your own boss one day. THE UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship offers great opportunities - like BYOB - for you to explore your ideas!

Apply Now

Deadline: April 25

Learn More

Our mailing address is:
University of Washington/Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship
UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship
Box 353223
Seattle, WA 98195

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dance classes for Summer! No experience necessary. VLPA credit

The Dance Program is offering a number of beginner level dance classes in the summer. These classes usually fill up within hours during the rest of the year - so what a great opportunity to add a high demand class this summer. All of these classes are full term, offer VLPA credit and no dance experience is needed.

Dance 102 (SLN 11003) - 3 Credits - MTW - 8:30-9:30AM - Basic introduction to ballet, modern and/or jazz
Dance 102 (SLN 11004) - 3 Credits - MTW - 8:30-9:30AM - Basic introduction to ballet, modern and/or jazz
Dance 102 (SLN 11005) - 3 Credits - MTW - 9:40-10:40AM - Basic introduction to ballet, modern and/or jazz
Dance 102 (SLN 11006) - 3 Credits - MTW - 9:40-10:40AM - Basic introduction to ballet, modern and/or jazz
Dance 102 (SLN 11007) - 3 Credits - MTW - 9:40-10:40AM - Basic introduction to ballet, modern and/or jazz

Dance 231 (SLN 11014) - 2 Credits - TTh - 1:10-2:40PM - Hip Hop / Street Styles

Dance 238 (SLN 14285) - 2 Credits - MW - 1:10-2:40PM - Swing Dance - Lead

UW S.E.E.D. Scholarship for Undocumented Students

UW S.E.E.D Scholarship
Success, Education and Empowerment for all DREAMers

Applications for the UW S.E.E.D Scholarship Program are currently being accepted. 

DEADLINE: Please submit all materials by May 1, 2015 by 5pm.

The S.E.E.D Scholarship aims to positively acknowledge the contributions of undocumented students enrolled at the University of Washington. This award recognizes UW students for their academic excellence, involvement in the community and demonstrated leadership. The award is open to all undocumented students who will be registered full-time enrolled students at the UW during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The recipient will receive a one-time award, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, which will be dispensed in the 2015-2016 academic year. The award is made available through generous contributions to La Raza Commission and its constituents. Recipients will be notified by May 10, 2015. To acknowledge these accomplishments and receipt of scholarship, recipients will speak at the DREAM Banquet on May 23, 2015 held at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center.

Please see to apply and learn information about the scholarship, eligibility requirements, application materials and submission details.

Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference and On Beauty Event Information

Event Details
Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference - Health Sciences Lecture by Rick Guidotti
Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Turner Auditorium (Room D-209)

Details: The School of Medicine, MEDEX Northwest, School of Nursing, School of Dentistry, Speech and Hearing Sciences, and the Division of Physical Therapy, and the Department for Bioethics and the Humanities will host a health sciences lecture by Rick Guidotti. This lecture is geared toward members of the medical community and open to all. Rick Guidotti, a world renowned photographer, became interested in using visual arts to change the way society understands genetic differences, disability and beauty. His Positive Exposure photo and video presentation encourages students and professionals in the health sciences to see individuals with genetic differences as whole people, not just their specific diagnoses. More information on Rick and his work can be found here: Ted Talk and Positive Exposure

Screening Details:
Special screening of On Beauty and guided discussion led by Rick Guidotti and the film’s Director, Joanna Rudnick

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: HUB Lyceum

Details: A recent documentary, On Beauty, chronicles the work of Rick Guidotti and the experiences of several exceptional women he has photographed. It premiered at the Chicago film festival last October and won audience favorite for short documentary. Since premiering in October 2014 On Beauty has continued to receive awards. More information about the film can be found here: On Beauty

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: HUB Lyceum

Details: Help us welcome Rick Guidotti and Joanna Rucnick to campus by joining us for food, beverages, and lively conversation.