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Communications Assistant, Hunter Kulik, sitting on wall lining river
May 27, 2020
As the academic year comes to a close, the Law, Societies & Justice Department (LSJ) reflects on achievements that made the year so special. Despite changes as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, LSJ students continue to demonstrate their perseverance as well as their hopefulness for the future. Our Department had the fortune of working with a student who exudes these characteristics in addition to being thoughtful and graceful in these difficult times--LSJ’s student communications assistant... Read more
Photo of Katherine in front of a brick wall
May 21, 2020
Dear LSJ Alumni Community: As many of you know, I had some pretty big shoes to fill when I became Chair of the Law, Societies, and Justice Department. Under Steve’s leadership, and with your help, LSJ became a full-fledged Department, created three new endowed funds, and moved to a lovely and permanent new home on the mezzanine of Smith Hall. The number and diversity of LSJ majors and minors, and LSJ’s capacity to offer innovative learning opportunities, increased notably. I am happy to report... Read more
Photo of Samantha sitting down
May 18, 2020
by Hunter Kulik Samantha Fredman is a Law, Societies & Justice and Pre-Health major in University of Washington’s interdisciplinary honors program. She has devoted her undergraduate experience to supporting unsheltered young adults and challenging stereotypes around homelessness. As a freshman, Samantha took a class through the honors program, Human Rights From the Ground Up, which prompted her fascination with human rights work. The course challenged Samantha to select a specific... Read more
Kat Eli sitting down in her LSJ Office
April 7, 2020
By Hunter Kulik The LSJ Department enthusiastically welcomed Kat Eli as the new Academic Services Manager during Winter Quarter. Kat joins the office with an extremely diverse background; her experience spans across the country and beyond. Kat was born in Texas and completed high school in Pennsylvania, which included a year spent abroad in Germany. Kat then attended college just outside of Cleveland, Ohio at Baldwin-Wallace College, now known as Baldwin Wallace University. From there, she... Read more
Picture of a three people working in a faculty office
April 2, 2020
The College of Arts and Sciences took a look into what motivated people to take certain majors in Social Sciences Departments and what they are doing after graduation.  You'll find three LSJ alums featured: Crystal Song, Jessica Niewohner, and Anica Stieve!  Check out the profiles on UW's Arts and Sciences page.
Cartoon illustration of men in a prison setting
April 1, 2020
Check out the Op-Ed in the Seattle Times written by LSJ's Chair and Professor, Katherine Beckett, and Anjum Hajat, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology.  Read the article in the Seattle Times.
Crystal sitting on a couch at UBB
February 27, 2020
By Hunter Kulik Recent University of Washington graduate (2019) and LSJ alum Crystal Song began her journey with University Beyond Bars (UBB) when she participated in the LSJ Mixed Enrollment course in Winter 2019. As Crystal’s first experience in an incarcerated setting, she found herself moved and enlightened as the course progressed. “What set the course apart was being in that environment and talking about criminal legal reform with folks who are impacted by the system every day,” Crystal... Read more
Stephen Meyers outside of Smith Hall
January 29, 2020
By Hunter Kulik Stephen Meyers was working for a non-governmental organization with landmine survivors in Central America when talk of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) began. When the CRPD passed in 2006, Meyers worried that the people who would be the most affected by the CRPD, people with disabilities in developing countries, had no voice in the development of the Convention itself. “What is this Convention going to mean to people around the world?” was the... Read more
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