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peace corps
December 19, 2019
By Hunter Kulik Majoring in Law, Societies & Justice (LSJ) can send graduates in many compelling and even unexpected directions. For these recent alumni (2018), it sent them overseas working and volunteering with the Peace Corps. Although these LSJ graduates had many reasons for joining the Peace Corps, an organization currently employing over 7,000 volunteers across over 60 countries, it was their studies in LSJ that led to their interest in this post graduate option. Brooks Strawn... Read more
Sasha outside Smith Hall doors
December 18, 2019
By  Hunter Kulik                                                                                                           The Law, Societies & Justice (LSJ) Department is thrilled to welcome Sasha Lee, a recent LSJ graduate, to the advising team.  Following high school graduation in Irvine, California, Sasha initially attended a college in Ohio, planning to study Computational Neuroscience; however, it lacked a human interaction element that she sought. She decided to move to Washington,... Read more
Second grade Jimmicum with then University of Washington student Piya Banerjee. Several UW students spent the week teaching and volunteering in Jimmicum’s home community of Neah Bay.
November 27, 2019
By Jenelle Birnbaum, Undergraduate Academic Affairs Growing up on the Makah Reservation in Neah Bay, Auston Jimmicum vividly remembers meeting University of Washington students for the first time. He was in second grade, and they were teaching in his school as part of the University of Washington Pipeline Project’s Alternative Spring Break program — a week-long program through which UW students lead art, literacy and science projects in rural and tribal elementary schools... Read more
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November 1, 2019
By Hunter Kulik This fall we welcomed Rawan Arar to join the Law, Societies & Justice community. Beginning Winter Quarter, Professor Arar will start teaching courses on human rights issues and refugee displacement.   Arar started her career in her hometown, as an undergraduate at the University of Texas San Antonio. From there, she pursued a Masters in women’s and gender studies at UT Austin. It was at this time that Arar became a rotary scholar which involved travelling to the Middle East... Read more
June 17, 2019
Dear LSJ Alumni Community: As the school year ends, and as graduation season consumes campus, one is reminded yet again of life’s transitions.  Any such transition, for me, is always tinged with a taste of the bittersweet, as excitement about the new mingles with sadness at the passing of the old. It is with just this emotion that I compose this last letter to the LSJ alumni community in my role as chair.  As you may already know – or... Read more
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June 14, 2019
On June 13th, we welcomed the newest group of students to our LSJ alumni community. This year's class radiates passion, asks tough questions, cares deeply about community, and strives for justice in all that they do. They are an amazingly accomplished group of individuals and we have no doubt they will continue to make us proud.  You can view this year's LSJ Graduation Video here.
June 10, 2019
By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant Succeeding Professor Steve Herbert who has chaired the department for the last nine years, Professor Katherine Beckett is excited to continue the strong direction of Law, Societies, and Justice in her own way. Beckett, a joint professor in LSJ and Sociology, has been a faculty member since 2000. She received her PhD in Sociology from UCLA where she wrote her dissertation on the Wars on Crime and Drugs. She has since continued to produce... Read more
May 1, 2019
By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant Two seniors in Law, Societies, and Justice -- Rodha Sheikh and Erika Arias – are part of this year’s Husky 100, due to their impressive journeys as undergraduate students. LSJ is proud to be the home of two such exceptional individuals and to have played a role in shaping their Husky experiences. “To think that my journey is something to be awarded felt good,” said Rodha. “I was very flattered and honored.” The Husky 100 is an annual award that... Read more
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April 22, 2019
By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant  For Lindsay Cael, it was a trip to jail that helped her understand why she was in college.  As a UW senior, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Law, Societies, and Justice, Cael obtained a volunteer position at the King County jail, which helped her translate her studies into meaningful work. Upon graduation, she started as a Literacy Americorps member at the jail in which she ran the tutoring program and taught GED classes. “In my senior... Read more
book club
April 1, 2019
By Emma York, LSJ Communications Student Assistant It may seem a simple thing, but reading a book together can allow fellowship between differently-situated people.  That is the basic premise for the three prison-based book clubs in which Law, Societies, and Justice students can now participate. Through the act of sharing a common reading experience, the book clubs allow students to engage with incarcerated individuals in a meaningful way.  Discussion, vulnerability, and mutual support offer a... Read more