Film Screening – Clínica de Migrantes – Tu (5/29) @ 4:30pm; Hogness Auditorium

The Latino Center for Health and the UWSOM Center for Health Equity Diversity and Inclusion are pleased to sponsor Dr. Steven Larson’s visit to the UW Seattle campus on Tuesday, May 29th to present the film Clínica de Migrantes:  life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Please help us spread the word and join us in welcoming Dr. Larson, Clinical Director of Puentes de Salúd, from Philadelphia to present the screening of this film!

What:             Film Screening and Q & A with Dr. Larson

When:            Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (4:30PM – 6:00PM)

Where:           Hogness Auditorium, Health Sciences Building, Room A-420

Light refreshments will be provided.

Clínica de Migrantes: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness 

Synopsis:  Clínica de Migrantes is a medical drama about a year in the life of Puentes de Salúd, one of a few health clinics in the U.S. dedicated to providing quality culturally-responsive healthcare to undocumented immigrant populations. At Puentes, a team of volunteers led by Dr. Steve Larson attend to an ever-growing population of housekeepers, prep cooks, and construction workers in South Philadelphia. Many come to Puentes after being turned away at other health care clinics and hospitals.

A 1-minute trailer can be found on YouTube at:


Additional Information:





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Autumn Quarter Undergraduate Public Policy Courses

Attention all students!

The Evans School of Public Policy & Governance has three undergraduate courses coming up in Autumn quarter: PUBPOL 201: Introduction to Public Policy and Governance, PUBPOL 355: Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Innovation, and PUBPOL 499: Decision-Making, Behavior, and Policy Design. 


These courses are open to all undergraduate students. A bit more about each:


  • PUBPOL 201: Introduction to Public Policy and Governance

This introduction to the field of policy analysis, governance, and public service teaches students how to analyze and evaluate policy and actions, as well as how individuals organize for common purposes. Learn how institutional problems are solved for the betterment of society, how policies can be analyzed and measured for impact, and how public policies are designed and implemented in order to respond to complex challenges related to climate change, urban planning, social justice, city planning, and more.

Satisfies the Individuals & Society (I&S) requirement.

WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:30-2:20 pm



  • PUBPOL 355: Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Innovation

How can nonprofits, social enterprises, and foundations most effectively produce positive social change? In this course, you will uncover the key issues facing social sector organizations and investigate the operational, managerial, and policy approaches that social sector leaders can take to advance their mission and increase their impact.

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00-11:20 am



  • PUBPOL 499: Decision-Making, Behavior, and Policy Design

In this new class, we will apply Behavioral Science research and frameworks, which lay at the intersection of economics and psychology, to public policy design. This is an emerging field that all levels of public sector organizations—from the federal level to local government and nonprofits—are exploring to design policy for how people behave. This class will bring you to the forefront of this noteworthy shift. You’ll gain a foundation in the application of microeconomic theory, social and cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, judgment and decision-making, to study public policy problems. You will learn how cognition, heuristics, biases, emotion, and social dynamics interact in decision-making, and how context and framing shape decisions and behavior. All experience levels and majors are welcome!

-WHEN: Mondays from 11:30 am-2:20 pm


More information can be found on our new Evans School undergraduate webpage: Undergrad @ Evans. Please contact us at with any questions.


Introduction to Transgender studies – GWSS 374


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Summer 2018


Instructor: Mediha P. Sorma


Class Schedule: TTH 10:50-1:00 pm GLD 117

Office Hours: T 1:30pm-2:30pm and by appointment

Meets in: Padelford Hall, room B 111



Course Description: This course offers a selective introduction to transgender studies as an emerging field of inquiry and ‘transgender’ both as a gender identity category and as an analytic. The main objective of this class is to complicate the definitions of sex and gender by blurring the pre-scripted distinctions between “woman” and “man”. We will engage with movies, videos, ethnographic work, autobiographical writing to expose and challenge binary understanding of gender. Trans identity will be complicated with sexuality, race, class, ability, history, and location, which entails an intersectional and decolonial lens. Some of the questions we will be elaborating on are: How did ‘trans’ emerge as a historical subject? What is the impact of medicine on the construction of trans identity? Why did transgender studies emerged as a field of inquiry while Queer studies was supposed to address the issues related to LGBTQ community as an umbrella field? In what ways does it make an intervention to feminism and queer theory? What are the limitations and benefits of ‘trans’ as an umbrella category for gender-nonconforming people?


SNAHP Town Hall: Moving Towards Single Payer

Come join us for a panel of speakers who will discuss Single-Payer Healthcare: its background, its economic implications, other countries that use it, a physician’s personal experience with the current US healthcare system, and opportunities for advocacy.

Speakers include: 

David McLanahan, MD Co-founder of the Western Washington Chapter of PNHP

Aaron Katz Principle Lecturer, University of Washington School of Public Health

Bevin McLeod Program Director, HealthCare for All Washington

Anirban Basu, PhD Professor of Health Economics, University of Washington

Christopher Wong, MD Associate professor, Division of General Medicine, UW Medical Center

Thursday, May 24th, 6:30 – 8 PM

University of Washington Seattle

Turner Auditorium Health Sciences Building D-209



Re-energize For the Final Push

Spring quarter can be a hectic and nerve-wracking time. Many of you are preparing to graduate while in the midst of job searches or considering job offers. Others are continuing work related to earning that graduate degree next year — or within the next several years. Every day this quarter, we truly see how hard you’re all working.



Last week on the Seattle campus, first-generation graduate students gathered and utilized collage-making as a creative practice to focus on things re-energize them for this last leg of the quarter. As you gather your own energy for these final weeks, consider some of the prompt questions from that gathering. We hope you find these strategies useful:


  • List out, activities, responsibilities or other things that are draining your energy right now. Initially, this may seem like an odd prompt to consider. Yet sometimes, when we’re overwhelmed, anxious or just plain frustrated with the sheer amount of work we do on a daily or weekly basis, we can get in a real funk and start believing that we don’t have any control over our lives. We recommend taking just three to five minutes to brainstorm a list. Then step back and consider what things you can let go of, minimize or set boundaries around.


  • Focus on what you do have control over. Do you have too many commitments, some of which you can realistically hold off on? Would breaking down projects into manageable tasks be helpful to you? Is your workspace cluttered (we are guilty of this one!), and can you find a different space such as a cafe or library to work? Are you taking breaks from social media, especially when your news feed feels like too much? Are there individuals in your life who zap the energy out of you, whom you don’t have to interact with? (Note: this last one is complicated, because what about individuals whom we have to interact with regularly? Check out this article).


  • Make room for moments, people and activities (cultural, spiritual, creative, community-based) that bring you energy. On your bathroom mirror or in your workspace, post a quote that you helps you feel motivated. Start your day by listening to a song that energizes or soothes you. Make time in your schedule to call or spend time with a friend or loved one. Step away from work and take a 10 minute walk outside to enjoy the sunshine. Participate in activities or hobbies that validate all of who you are — because you are not just graduate students but whole people. If it helps, create your own vision board collage with images of your favorite energizing elements so you can see them everyday.


We hope that you take time to participate in one of several end-of-year celebrations across the University of Washington. You deserve it!



Core Programs Team

College Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention free conference on May 21st in Alder Auditorium

This year’s free College Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention (CCSAP) annual conference will be at the Alder Auditorium in Alder Hall at the University of Washington on Monday, May 21st, 2018 from 9:30-5:00 p.m.


Speakers include:


  • Helene White, Rutgers University, a legend in the field who will be retiring this summer, presenting on lessons learned in 43 years of research on college student substance use
  • Linda Major, University of Nebraska, presenting on environmental strategies to reduce heavy episodic (or “binge”) drinking
  • David Arnold, BACCHUS Initiative of NASPA, presenting on best practices in peer education
  • Lara Hunter, Stony Brook University and the National Director of the acclaimed Red Watch Band program, presenting on their bystander intervention program for alcohol emergencies
  • Caleb Banta-Green, University of Washington, presenting on the opiate epidemic and what it means for us on college campuses


The schedule is attached, and final details will be sent to registered participants the week before the event.


How does someone attend?


Simply provide your name, email, and organization through the following link, and you’ll be set:


Please register by Friday, May 18

Do you want to learn how to bring innovative ideas to healthcare?

Health Innovation Practicum

2 credits, Thursdays 5:00 – 6:50PM | ENTRE 490 A / 579 A/B

Do you want to learn how to bring innovative ideas to healthcare? Come hear from awesome leaders who have done just that and who can coach you through the process in this team-based interdisciplinary course. Excellent preparation for the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge. Questions? E-mail Terri Butler at