PPPA faculty pens op-ed on WA state tax system

Baird photo 2(1)Even when they are on sabbatical PPPA faculty stay involved in community issues. On February 1st, The News Tribune published an op-ed by Professor Katie Baird, in which she likened the tax burden placed on the poor by the Washington state tax system to a 17th century sedan chair, where “the rich and royal rode, carted around by bearers.”

Those earning less that $21,000 per year–one out of five Washington families–pay, according to Baird, “seven times more in taxes as a share of their income than do the 1 percent of families who make over half a million dollars.” That burden extends to small businesses through unfair policies surrounding the state B&O tax as well.

Baird is a frequent guest editor for The News Tribune.

Two more scholarship opportunities for students

Two more great scholarship opportunities for UW Tacoma students:

The Class of 1957 Scholar Award is sponsored by the UW Alumni Class of 1957 to provide scholarship support to outstanding undergraduate students at the University of Washington.  The scholarship is open to all UW students who are current sophomores, juniors and seniors based upon their academic merit and financial need.  (Graduating seniors are not eligible unless they are intend to enroll as a full-time student summer or fall quarter 2015.)  Continue reading

PPPA faculty members leading interfaith conversation on Israel-Palestine

by Dr. Turan Kayaoglu

Interfaith gathering 1 15On January 25, 2015 about 100 people, many of whom are associated with a religious tradition, gathered at the University of Puget Sound (UPS) for an “Interfaith Conversation on Israel-Palestine.” This conversation–sponsored by UPS, and facilitated by Dave Wright, Director for Spiritual Life and Civic Engagement and UPS chaplain–was initiated by Associated Ministries in collaboration with the Temple Beth El, Mountain View Lutheran Church, and the Muslim Student Association of the University of Washington Tacoma.  PPPA faculty member Turan Kayaoglu was a member of the organizing committee. Continue reading

Scholarships

The Osheroff and Clark fund provides financial resources for undergraduate and graduate students to support human rights projects that promote social change through direct action. In 2015, we anticipate having approximately $4000 available to distribute; the entire amount may be issued in a single award or split between multiple awardees. The number of awards and amounts will vary depending on the number and quality of applications. In keeping with Abe’s and Gunnel’s belief that accountability begins at home, priority will be given to projects that speak to the particular roles and responsibilities of our own institutions (including government, private sector entities, and the university itself) in human rights.

Applications will be open soon for the Abe Osheroff and Gunnel Clark Endowed Human Rights Fund for Students.

 

… and more scholarships

Tillman Military Scholars Program*
*Application opens Feb. 3, with a March 3 due date
The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in military veterans and
their spouses through academic scholarships – building a diverse community of
leaders committed to service to others. Continue reading

Alumni feature- Colin McCann

Colin McCann_photoColin McCann came to UW Tacoma in the fall of 2011 as a transfer student from TCC. After taking advantage of the Running Start program in his high school, he was only 19 when he first arrived on campus. A self-professed “political junkie,” McCann chose to major in PPE (Law & Policy track), with a Human Rights minor. He was also a member of the Global Honors Program.

McCann attributes a great deal of his intellectual, personal, and academic growth to his experiences at UWT,  noting that nearly everyone he encountered—from professors to fellow students—challenged him “intellectually, and encouraged me to broaden my perspectives.” He claims that he can’t speak highly enough of UWT’s culture of learning and encouragement of academic discourse. “It helped me develop into the person I am today.” Continue reading