New 2015 Winter Class: Environmental Issues on Indigenous Homelands

AIS 475A

Environmental Issues on Indigenous Homelands

Winter 2015

TUES & THURS 3:30 – 5:20 PM

SLN 10195 / I&S / 5 CR

Clarita Lefthand-Begay


Take this new class to learn about environmental issues faced by tribes in North America. You will learn about the environmental pollutants that are impacting tribes. You will participate in lectures and discussions, read key literature, meet guest speakers who work on environmental issues with tribal communities, and work as a team to create a much needed website that explains and documents these important issues to the public.

The overarching goals of this course will include an examination of the U.S. policies relevant to protecting communities from environmental pollutants occurring on the homelands of Indigenous peoples, the health implications of exposure to contaminated ecosystems, and case studies that illustrate strategies for how indigenous communities are working to address these issues. It will aim to build critical awareness about environmental problems.

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Winter quarter seminar course on improving the health of women, children & adolescents

Bioengineering solutions to improve the health of women, children & adolescents


(1 or 2 credits)

We are pleased to announce an exciting interdisciplinary seminar series, sponsored by Global WACh and the W.H. Coulter Foundation, that will bring clinical and public health researchers together with bioengineers who are developing innovative technologies with potential application to global health.

Interdisciplinary seminars will be presented every Wednesday during winter quarter from 5pm-6pm, with an audience discussion following each seminar.

The seminar series is open to the public, but will also be offered as a graduate-level (GH590) and undergraduate-level (GH490) seminar course through the Department of Global Health. The seminar series will engage participants in interdisciplinary discussions about current challenges to the health of women, children and adolescents, and how novel bioengineering approaches may be developed to address these challenges. The audience will be encouraged to actively participate in discussions to foster creative problem solving and collaboration between students and researchers from clinical, epidemiology, and bioengineering departments.

For more information about the seminar series, please contact Andrew Lewis (lewisar) or visit the Global WACh website.


Participate in MLK Day of Service this January!

This January 19, honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by joining a community of volunteers, ready to provide vital people-power to organizations that support King County’s most vulnerable populations. Each year the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service inspires more than 1,000 volunteers to donate their time to nonprofit organizations for day-long service projects that make a difference for months to come.

Join UW students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends in this annual day of service by building a team as a project leader or by registering individually for a public project. Project leaders will have the ability to design their service experience by selecting the project that most draws their interest and by building a personal team of friends and partners. If you are interested in signing up for a service project as an individual, keep in mind, there will be more options as we get closer to the day of the event.

Also, don’t forget to join us for a celebratory kick-off. Come together with other volunteers and community members in recognizing the service and activism the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has inspired on:

January 19, 2015

8am – 9am

Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center

*Morning beverages and pastries will be provided

The MLK Day of Service is produced in partnership by the UW’s Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center and United Way of King County.

Application period open for 2015 Fulbright UK Summer Institutes


The US-UK Fulbright Commission opens applications today for the UK Summer Institute Award Programmes for US Undergraduates. Each Programme varies in duration, from three to six weeks, and offers students a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in the study of British academics and culture. Students will take part in cultural events, research, collaboration, and presentation at an esteemed British University.

Students from all areas of study are encouraged to apply. We offer nine Summer Institutes, each of which will cover a different theme. These institutes include:

AIFS Summer Institute at Shakespeare’s Globe
Durham University Summer Institute
King’s College London Summer Institute
Nottingham Trent University Summer Institute
University of Bristol Summer Institute
University of Exeter Summer Institute
Queen’s University Belfast
Scotland Summer Institute
Wales Summer Institute

To meet the minimum eligibility, applicants must:

  • be a US citizen (resident anywhere except the UK) and possess a US passport;
  • be at least 18 years old;
  • have a high level of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.5 (confirmed by academic marks, awards and references);
  • have completed no more than two years of university study ( i.e. applicants should currently be a Freshman or Sophomore in college/university)
  • be mature, responsible, independent, and open-minded;

The Awards will cover the majority of all costs incurred, including flights to and from the UK, university fees, and room and board at the host UK University.

Please note: Applications for the 2015 Summer Institute Awards should be submitted via an online form (links available on programme websites) and supplemental material e-mailed to the specified address. Deadlines for 2015 are: 26 February or 5 March, 2015 – depending on the Institute. Please make sure to check the specific Institute page for the particular deadline. Application instructions are available to students on the programme website.

We recommend students read all the information on the website before beginning an application as it may answer many initial questions.

Specific details about the UK Summer Institute Awards can be found at:

Kind Regards,
Valerie Schreiner
Programme Coordinator, Summer Institutes

Community-Based Leadership Courses with the Carlson Center!

The Carlson Center is excited to offer two Community-Based Leadership courses for undergraduate students during Winter Quarter!

How Can I Help? An Introduction to Service and Community is ideal for students in their first or second year at the UW who have an interest in getting more involved in their community through service. Are Do Gooders Doing Good? Critical Perspectives on Civic Engagement is ideal for sophomores, juniors, or seniors who have experience with service and who are interested in exploring what it means to do good.

Read more about these two dynamic courses below, and please forward widely within your networks.

How Can I Help? An Introduction to Service and Community (General Studies 344; SLN 14716)

Many UW students are interested in exploring service and volunteer opportunities in Seattle; however, it can be difficult to know where to get involved, how to find a good fit, and how to most effectively work in a community-based setting. How Can I Help? An Introduction to Service and Community is a three-credit service-learning course that will offer a basic foundation on community service for students in their first or second year at the UW.

Through participating in a quarter-long service-learning commitment, visiting local non-profit organizations, and participating in in-class discussions, readings, and activities students will gain a deeper understanding of the wide array of ways they can most effectively partner with their local community and integrate a commitment to service into their academic and professional futures.

This three-credit seminar course is offered on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:20PM. Request an add code by emailing engage.

Are Do-Gooders Doing Good? Critical Perspectives on Civic Engagement (General Studies 348A; SLN 14718)

Are you committed to giving back? Trying to make a difference? Want to get more out of your volunteer experience? During Winter Quarter, we invite you to join in a critical reflection on what it means to “do good”.

General Studies 348 will offer a hands-on opportunity to explore the concept of civic engagement. Students will critically reflect on their own service experiences through the lens of academic theories, engage with principles of community work, and learn from the experiences of community leaders. The course will draw heavily on students’ involvement in service and will weave these together with elements of other academic coursework and future academic/career goals.

The course has a required service-learning component; students are encouraged to utilize current service commitments toward this requirement, though individualized support will be offered to those looking for a service opportunity. This is a three-credit course that is offered as credit/no credit. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:20PM in Mary Gates Hall.

Those interested in the course should email engage with questions and/or to request an add code.