Alumna Sheila Edwards Lange (PhD, 2006) has been selected as chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma. Her appointment, pending approval by the UW Board of Regents, is set to begin on Sept. 16. Prior to her current role as president of Seattle Central College, Dr. Edwards Lange served as vice president for Minority Affairs and Diversity at the UW. Through these roles and others, she has been a leading advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion. While earning her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the College of Education, Dr. Edwards Lange developed research and teaching interests in higher education policy, diversity in higher education, assessment and program evaluation, and underrepresented student access in STEM fields.
The Brotherhood Initiative (BI) was featured in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education titled “The Problem Nobody’s Talking About” which discusses how men have trailed women in degree completion for decades and how programs like the BI have helped remedy this issue. Students who are in the BI Oscar Joya and Thomas Efrem are featured in the article, as well as associate professor and founding director of the BI Joe Lott and student success coordinator Paul Metellus. The article highlights how cohort programs like the BI are successful, yet uncommon, on most college campuses and how when the BI started, there was a ten-percentage-point graduation gap between underrepresented minority males at the UW and their white peers and six years later that gap has nearly closed for BI participants.
Professor Brinda Jegatheesan discusses how therapy dogs help child victims of traumatic experiences testify in courts by providing emotional support to children during court proceedings.
The University of Washington's new two-year Native Education Certificate blends online learning with hands-on projects to build relationships in Native American communities.
The UW College of Education recently designed and facilitated a summer institute on culturally responsive classroom management for Washington teachers.