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2019 Circle of Recognition

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IAS Circle of Recognition - 2019

Every year, the University of Washington recognizes the extraordinary achievements and contributions of IAS students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community partners — as scholars, civic leaders, and professionals — to the campus, university, and region. As a school, IAS is proud of each and every notification we receive that “one of ours” has received an award.

Below you can read about IAS faculty, students, alumni, and community partners who were recognized in the past year in the following categories:


UW Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award

Julie ShayneJulie Shayne

IAS faculty member Julie Shayne is the recipient of the 2019 University of Washington Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award, one of the University’s highest honors.

A senior lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, Shayne began teaching at UW Bothell in 2007. She also currently serves as faculty coordinator for Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

“Since joining the UW Bothell faculty, Julie has consistently proven herself to be an outstanding and successful teacher, mentor and colleague,” said Chancellor Wolf Yeigh. “In 2016 she was one of the first two recipients of the new Distinguished Undergraduate Research & Creative Practice Mentor Award, demonstrating her exemplary work not only in the classroom but also in the field.”

Created in 1995, the UW Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award is presented each year to a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching, exemplifying what it means to fulfill the academic mission of the University of Washington Bothell. 

The award carries a $5,000 honorarium. Shayne will be honored at awards ceremonies and recognized at the UW Bothell commencement ceremony.

Read the full 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award announcement on the UW Bothell news site.

UW Bothell Chancellor's Medal

Angelica MendozaAngelica Mendoza

American & Ethnic Studies; Media & Communication Studies

Angelica Mendoza has been awarded the 2019 UW Bothell Chancellor’s Medal. The award is an honor that recognizes graduating seniors who have achieved academic excellence and served as a consistent source of inspiration for faculty and students alike. 

As a First Generation, Queer Chicana, Mendoza has dedicated her time on campus and in community spaces to empower other Womxn of color and allies to tell their stories and gain access to resources. Her current passion  is her radio show/podcast Tremenda Diosa, where she speaks on hardships and celebrates being a Womxn of color in the Pacific Northwest.

Latinx Faculty Recognition

Yolanda Padilla and Janelle SilvaYolanda Padilla and Janelle Silva

IAS faculty members Yolanda Padilla and Janelle Silva have been selected for recognition at the 3rd Annual Latinx Faculty Recognition Event. This year, 33 Latinx faculty across the tri-campuses of the University of Washington were selected. Twenty-four of the honorees are from the UW Seattle campus, five honorees from UW Bothell, and four honorees from UW Tacoma.

Faculty are recognized for meeting at least one of the following criteria: promotion to associate professor or professor, publication of an article in a high impact journal, publication of a book, fine arts production, securing a major grant, or retiring during or near the end of the academic year. In addition, Latinx faculty who have been promoted to significant leadership positions will also be recognized this year.

Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Each year a select group of UW students are provided a rare opportunity to travel the world independently as Bonderman Travel Fellows. The broad vision of the Bonderman Fellowship is to inspire individual transformation by expanding the fellow’s understanding of themselves and the complex, diverse and interconnected world we live in. Each fellow is required to independently explore two regions and six countries with which they are not familiar, over a minimum of eight months.

Mateó OchoaMateó Ochoa

M.A. in Cultural Studies

Mateó is a queer K’iche Guatemalan who believes art is central to the resiliency of queer and trans people of color (qtpoc). Before returning to academia, Mateó exhibited and performed a variety of creative projects focusing on qtpoc survival, homelessness, and mental health. They hope to use their time throughout the fellowship to rejuvenate their artistic practice, soak in the beauty of different landscapes, and most importantly, build new relationships with qtpoc communities from around the world. Mateó is excited to feed their nomadic heart by visiting Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Rwanda, and South Korea.

Founders Fellow Conference Travel Award

The UW Bothell Founders Fellow Conference Travel Award recognizes outstanding undergraduate researchers who are working with a faculty mentor and have the opportunity to present at a public conference. Students may apply the award to registration fees, airfare, and other travel expenses.

Angelica MendozaAngelica Mendoza

American & Ethnic Studies; Media & Communication Studies

A First Generation, Queer Chicana, Angelica Mendoza has dedicated her time on campus and in community spaces to empower other Womxn of color and allies to tell their stories and gain access to resources. Her current passion is her radio show/podcast Tremenda Diosa, where she speaks on hardships and celebrates being a Womxn of color in the PNW. Mendoza is the first student to receive a UW Bothell Founders Fellow Conference Travel Award, which supported her participation in the Empowering Womxn of Color Conference at UC Berkeley. Mendoza co-facilitated the workshop “Spilling Tea: How Storytelling Can Be Revolutionary,” which reclaims storytelling as a form of self-care, resistance and resilience. She graduates this spring with a double major in Media & Communication Studies and American & Ethnic Studies and triple minor in Diversity Studies, Health Studies, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies!

Husky 100

Each year, the Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW students who are making the most of their UW experience. Out of the ten UW Bothell students selected in 2019, six are IAS majors!

Gloria Gonzales-ZapataGloria Gonzalez-Zapata

Law, Economics & Public Policy; Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

“Individually and collectively, women have felt unheard and undervalued from our greater society. My studies at home and abroad taught me the power of storytelling in the inclusion and empowerment of my community. This is why fellow students and I started Her Campus and Women of Color Healing Circle to create a space for women to reclaim our voice, while recognizing our hurdles and creating a strong-knit community of women.”

Steve GuardiSteve Guardi

Environmental Studies

“I entered UW as a transfer student from Illinois after dedicating three years of my life to national service as an Americorps volunteer in LA and Seattle. As a Husky, I managed to build connections between environmental science, indigenous studies, and creative writing. Highlights include on-campus ecological courses, studying indigenous connections to land while abroad in New Zealand and Norway, biodiversity research in Costa Rica, and serving as a Writing Correspondent for the US Department of State.”

John KimJohn J. Kim

Interactive Media Design

“Work hard with honesty, integrity, and care so deeply for people that every day you can change the world. I believe that this mission didn’t just happen once upon a time and doesn’t just wait patiently for us in the future. It begins every day with a conscious choice to serve those around us in the capacity that we can. By designing with the people, for the people, it continues to transform who I am and bring value to this Husky journey.”

Alyssa KingAlyssa King

Law, Economics & Public Policy; Global Studies

“My UW experience has encompassed challenging the norms to which society and the dominant culture tells me to conform. It is the power of self-reflection that ignites a deeper understanding of self. My deeper understanding of self is my purpose which is to serve and reclaim my community and neighborhood by fighting gentrification and establishing a youthcentered organization within the Central District. Due to a myriad of experiences in global exploration, law, economics, and public policy I'm sanguine.”

Daniela MurguiaDaniela Murguia

American & Ethnic Studies; Society, Ethics & Human Behavior

“My area of focus is within the social justice realm. I have led workshops at college campuses for educators on how to best support undocumented students. I have served different roles within various spaces such as mentor, leadership program coordinator, and student organizer. I was born and raised in León, Guanajuato México and moved to the U.S at the age of 12. I am an unafraid and unapologetic undocumented Mujer, that seeks true liberation of all undocumented and minoritized communities.”

Crystal NelsonCrystal Nelson

Law, Economics & Public Policy

“During my time in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, I've been able to expand my knowledge on a variety of disciplines, while simultaneously adding multi-faceted depth to my understanding of discourse surrounding Substance Use Disorder. I'm a person in long-term recovery, and I plan to marry a law degree with my personal experience in order to effectuate change in this arena. It's an exciting time in this country for criminal justice reform, as well as behavioral health reform, and I can't wait to get involved."

Husky Green Awards

The Husky Green Awards recognize the exemplary achievements of an individual or team from the UW community who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication to campus sustainability.

Warren GoldWarren Gold

IAS faculty member Warren Gold’s contributions have helped foster a campus culture at UW Bothell that is supportive of student growth and achievement, as well as being focused on promoting sustainability. As an associate professor, his goal is to foster students’ fundamental learning instincts and curiosity, which he has accomplished through his development and teaching of a wide range of challenging and engaging environmental courses. Outside of the classroom, Warren also acts as the director of the UW Restoration Ecology Network, working to help restore hundreds of acres in our region to improved ecological health. His hard work and dedication has made him an inspiration to many.

Jordan FetteJordan Fette

Environmental Science

Jordan’s high energy and enthusiasm combined with his dedication to environmentalism has led to his growth as a change maker at UW Bothell. Taking part in UW Bothell’s Bee Research Team, he has taken on the responsibility of building and sharing knowledge of bees on campus and the creation of a formal database to record data collected on the bees and the plants they pollinate. He is best known for his “Bee-Search Safari” attire that draws the attention of visitors and students, giving him the opportunity to talk about these native pollinators and their key role in the environment. Outside of his dedication to bees, Jordan also works hard to promote sustainability and environmental education in exciting and engaging ways.

Sean SchmidtSean Schmidt

‘09, M.A. in Policy Studies

Sean has worked tirelessly to incorporate sustainable practices in every aspect of his life. Working as a healthcare researcher and administrator at the UW, he led the formation of several initiatives, including Sustainability and Medicine (SAM) and the Multidisciplinary Efforts for Sustainability in Healthcare (MESH). Continuing his career at the UW as a Sustainability Specialist, Sean focused his work on tri-campus sustainability reporting and student engagement through his participation in EcoReps, Green Greeks, and various other student-led sustainability groups/initiatives. Currently, as Associate Director of Finance, HR, and Administration at UW Tacoma, he continues to find ways to be an advocate for sustainability and embed his passions into his new line of work.

Rob TurnerRob Turner

IAS faculty member Rob Turner’s interdisciplinary background as a geologist, oceanographer, and environmental scientist, has enabled him to be a true leader of sustainability at UW Bothell, both in the classroom and out in the field. Rob has been one of the principal faculty in the development of new UW Bothell degrees in Earth System Science and Environmental Studies. He also leads a successful undergraduate research program that allows for many undergraduates to participate in hands-on field research about water quality and various other community environmental problems. As a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Environmental Sustainability (CACES), he has also helped to develop and move forward their Sustainability Action Plan.

Mary Gates Research Scholarship

Mary Gates Research Scholarships enhance the educational experiences of UW undergraduate students while they are engaged in research guided by faculty. These competitive scholarships allow students to focus more attention and time, deepening their inquiry into a discipline or project with a reduced financial burden.

Alex WachterAlex Wachter

Environmental Studies

Mentor: Dr. Cynthia Chang

“Pioneer Conifer Abies procera’s Influence on Early-Succession Plant Communities at Mt. St. Helens”

Description: Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, and we are testing what environmental factors have the biggest impact on primary successional plant communities. To do this we are simulating the ecological functions of Abies procera (Noble fir), a native conifer, by manipulating soil carbon, nitrogen, and shade in plots in the field. This work is important to further our understanding on what it takes for a mossy, sub-alpine grassland to change into an old-growth forest.

IAS Hall of Alumni Excellence

The IAS Hall of Alumni Excellence recognizes alumni at varying stages of career who are established or emerging leaders in their fields, policy changing public servants, and devoted and inspiring mentors. They are extraordinary alumni who embody IAS’ mission, values, and goals and demonstrate equity and inclusion in their work and lives.

Megan DunnMegan Dunn

‘13, M.A. in Policy Studies

Megan Dunn has a 20-year work and volunteer background of successful environmental protections, improving lives for working families, and local policy change. She is the Healthy People and Communities Program Director with the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, where she leads efforts to help protect communities from harmful pesticides and chemicals. Dunn spent the last two years leading the successful campaign to establish city council districts for Everett. The Everett Districts Now campaign was a nonpartisan, grassroots coalition dedicated to addressing disparities in representation and giving communities greater participation in the democratic process. She is also a candidate for Snohomish County Council, seeking to represent Everett, Mukilteo and Tulalip.

Talena Lachelle QueenTalena Lachelle Queen

'14, MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics

Talena Lachelle Queen is the founder and president of Her Best Self, a nonprofit organization that fosters leadership qualities in young women. She is a certified and licensed elementary school teacher specializing in Middle Level Humanities in both New Jersey and Washington states. Queen is the first Poet Laureate of Paterson, New Jersey. She specializes in poetry that infuses music and addresses social justice issues that impact the Black community-- her family. Queen received the 2018 New Jersey Clean Communities Council “Education Award” for starting a “Little Free Libraries” book-sharing program in public parks. Queen graduated from Rosa Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts High School and holds a B.A. in Broadcasting from Montclair State University, a Teaching Certification and MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from University of Washington Bothell, and Executive Certification in Transformational Nonprofit Management from University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza Business School.

James ReedJames T. Reed

‘95, Liberal Studies

James T. Reed, Jr. has provided leadership and innovation during his 30-plus years in the banking industry. He serves as Executive Vice President for Banner Bank leading the West Region Commercial and Specialty Banking. He is responsible for commercial banking in Western Washington and Western Oregon as well as Treasury Management, SBA Lending, Syndicated Lending, and Trade Finance. Reed has served UW Bothell as a former representative to the UW Foundation Board and member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Board. Deeply invested in student development, he is a regular speaker in the IAS course, “Career Exploration,” where he discusses workplace etiquette. Thanks to Reed, Banner Bank is the event sponsor for the “Etiquette Dinner,” an opportunity for students to practice personal skills and dining etiquette while networking with employers. He is dedicated to education, having worked as a Junior Achievement teacher for several middle schools, teaching students about economics and politics, as well as helping UW Bothell students obtain internships at Banner Bank. Reed is a graduate of the University of Washington Bothell, Pacific Coast Banking School, Northwest Intermediate Banking School, and Northwest Intermediate Commercial Lending School.

Tadashi ShigaTadashi Shiga

‘96, Liberal Studies

Tadashi Shiga has worked in real estate development for over 30 years and is the owner of Evergreen Certified, the Pacific Northwest’s premier sustainable building consultancy. Evergreen Certified has a client base of 250 builders and provides verifier and rater services for programs, such as Energy Star, Passive House (PHIUS), Net Zero Energy, HERS, and National Green Building Standard. Shiga was the first PHIUS rater in Washington and was involved with the state’s first DOE Builder’s Challenge home in 2010. In 2018, Shiga received the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties’ Built Green Pioneer Award for his integral role in developing and maintaining environmentally sound design, construction, and development practices in Washington’s cities and communities.

IAS Outstanding Community Partner

The IAS Outstanding Community Partner award honors the extraordinary contribution of an IAS partner organization. Recipients advance the IAS values of equity, inclusion, and social justice and link student learning and/or faculty scholarship to real-life experiences that positively impact our region and globe.

Northwest Film Forum

Northwest Film Forum

Northwest Film Forum’s mission is to incite public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. Northwest Film Forum has partnered with multiple IAS courses and faculty members, including: Lauren Berliner, Jill Freidberg, David Goldstein, Deborah Hathaway, Alka Kurian, Kari Lerum and Minda Martin. For the past four years, Northwest Film Forum has partnered with UW Bothell to collaborate on the International Women’s Day celebration with performances, screenings and conversations and has hosted IAS faculty film festivals and screenings. As a member of UW Bothell’s Community Engagement Council, they are one of 15 core partners participating in the campus’s Carnegie Classification process.

“Northwest Film Forum has been an incredible partner dedicated to creating spaces for social justice and access to art and dialogue. They open their doors for faculty and students to learn, create, curate, perform, and publicly share their creations. They also are great role models demonstrating deep and creative collaboration with multiple Seattle-based non-profits. We are grateful for their partnership and co-education of our students.”
—Kara Adams,
UW Bothell Director of Community Engagement

Create the Change Award

UW Bothell Equity & Inclusion Conference

Gloria Gonzalez-Zapata and Nura Abdi 

Gloria Gonzalez-Zapata, left, and Nura AbdiIAS students Gloria Gonzalez-Zapata and Nura Abdi received the T-Mobile Create the Change Award at the 2019 UW Bothell Equity & Inclusion Conference. The winning project, the Women of Color Healing Circle, was started this year by Gonzalez-Zapata and Abdi. The healing circle is conceived as a space where students can be authentically themselves and where they can cultivate a judgment-free sense of belonging using story-telling to nourish good mental health, said Gonzalez-Zapata. 

The award comes with $5,000 from T-Mobile. The company selected the project as the winner of the Create the Change contest, which is a regular feature of the university’s annual Equity & Inclusion Conference. 

Spring 2019