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IAS alumni are thriving in their lives and careers! Learn what our graduates are up to through this collection of stories.

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IAS Faculty, Alumni & Community Partners Present at Radio Research Conference in Italy

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IAS faculty, alumni and community partners presented two papers on the theme of “Radio as Social Media” at the ECREA Radio Research Conference held at the University of Siena (Italy). The first paper, titled “How we talk to each other: Strategies for sustaining student media,” was presented by Amoshaun Toft and Kristin Gustafson, and was also co-authored by IAS alumn Amani Sawari  ...

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Samantha Penjaraenwatana helps close the gap for first-generation students

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Alum Samantha Penjaraenwatana (’15) was the first in her immediate family to go to college and now she’s helping other first-generation students find their way.  Penjaraenwatana says the support she received at UW Bothell and the mentorship of fellow student Mina Hooshangi (’12) made all the difference. In fact, her experiences inspired her to pursue a professional career in student development, and she is now a graduate student at Seattle University.

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Alumni Shout Out!

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Isabel Conrad (Media & Communication Studies, ’18) is an Internal Communications Consultant at Vulcan and a second year student in the Master of Communication in Communities and Networks program at University of Washington. Jimena Huamani (Community Psychology and Society, Ethics & Human Behavior, ’17) has joined the UW Bothell Organizational Excellence and Human Resources (OE/HR) as the Human Resources Assistant. Paul Johnson (M.A. in Cultural Studies, ’11) has earned a master’s degree in Project Management from Georgetown University (’19). He also holds an M.S. in Human Resources Development from Villanova University (’15). Andrea Lu (Media & Communication Studies, ’17) is a Performance Marketing Associate at New Engen. Salvador Salazar-Cano

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New graduate Aatqa Azhar launches global development career

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Passionate about human rights and international development, recent alum Aatqa Azhar maximized her time at UW Bothell. She majored in both Global Studies and Law, Economics & Public Policy while actively supporting the Muslim Student Association on campus and serving as a digital communications intern for the Pakistan - US Alumni Network (PUAN), an association with the U.S. Embassy Pakistan for U.S. government-sponsored ...

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Michele Orr advances gender equity in the outdoors

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IAS Alum Michele Orr (’94) is REI’s general merchandizing manager for apparel, and one of her most exciting projects is championing their Force of Nature campaign, a public effort to advance gender equity in the outdoors. Orr and her team are working within the co-op and with brand partners to level the playing field by offering more sizing options for more women. As a co-op, REI is in the unique position of harnessing member feedback to influence brands and expedite change. For example, in 2018, REI doubled its sales of apparel in extended sizes, and in 2019, increased clothing choices for core activities like hiking, swimming, running and yoga by ...

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