Sean Rojas’ Research on Wildfires Published in the News Tribune

Guest columnist Sean Rojas is a student at University of Washington Tacoma.Don’t be fooled by our rare mild wildfire season,” writes UW Tacoma senior Sean Rojas. Rojas’ opinion piece, published October 30th in Tacoma’s News Tribune, argues that we should not think we’ve tamed our growing wildfire problem just because this year’s wildfire season was a mild one.  Climate change, and pointedly, a lack of funding for wildfire protection, leaves us more vulnerable than ever.  Rojas is majoring in Finance at UW Tacoma, and researched wildfires last spring in his TECON 410 Economics of Public Policy class.   Great work Sean!

Turan Kayaoglu Joins Prestigious Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau


Turan Kayaoglu, Professor of International Relations and UW Tacoma’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, has been selected to join the 2017 roster of Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau. Humanities Washington recruits speakers from across the state to spark “conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, to nurture thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.”  Bureau speakers are selected for their expertise as well as talent for inspirational talks.

Turan’s talk focuses on slavery, civil rights, and post 9/11 anxieties.  Entitled American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics, he discusses how American Muslims’ experiences in the US provide a perspective for understanding our country. Turan joins many other experts with national and international reputations, including UW Tacoma faculty member Natalie Jolly.

Check out the SpHumanities Washingtoneaker Bureau’s full list of speakers.  Any nonprofit organization can request a speaker, including Turan, by going to this website.

Humanities in Action Fellowship Now Seeking Applications

20Applications for the 2017 Humanity in Action Fellowship programs are now open!

Applications are invited from students and recent graduates of U.S. colleges and universities  who are passionate about active and responsible citizenship, diversity and human rights. Current sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as graduates from the undergraduate classes of 2015 and 2016 are eligible. Applications for students and recent graduates from European universities will open in late fall.

The deadline to apply to these programs is January 4, 2017 at 11:59pm

Takele Gobena Addresses Canadian Labor Congress Conference


This October, Takele Gobena, a senior in Politics Philosophy and Ecotakele-1nomics, was an invited speaker at the Canadian Labor Congress’ (CLC) “Rise Up” conference held in Ottawa.  The conference brought together labor and human right activists to discuss ways to strengthen labor organizations and address social inequalities. The CLC, the largest workers’ union in Canada, selected Takele to speak because of his effective advocacy for a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac as well as his lobbying on behalf of the rights of Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize.  His speech, entitled “Adapt, Engage or Lose,” discussed how workers and unions should respond to the changing nature of work.  The first of many to follow, we’re sure!

Teaching English Abroad Workshop

Interested in living and teaching English abroad after graduation? Come to this Nov 4th workshop to learn about teaching opportunities A UW Tacoma alumna who taught English in Spain will join us via Skype to talk about her experience.

Friday Nov 4, 12:30 pm  in MAT 104 (Mattress Factory) RSVP here.

 You’ll hear about:

  • Austrian Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Program
  • Hong Kong NET Program
  • Teach Thailand Corps
  • Teach For China (TFC)
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program
  • North American Language & Culture Assistants in Spain
  • Princeton in Latin America

Hosted by the UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs and Career Development & Education. For questions, please email

Teach English in Japan! Info Session

Info Session:  Monday, October 17, 12:30-1:30 PM, CP (Cherry Parkes) 303 RSVP here.

IImage result for teach english in japannterested in living and working in Japan after graduation? Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program representatives will be on campus on October 17 to talk about opportunities to do just that! Join us to learn more about ways to work, teach and experience Japan.

The JET Program is a Japanese government cultural & educational exchange program offered to college graduates.  All participants are hired as full time employees (1-year contract with potential for renewal) as either Assistant Language (English) Teachers (ALTs) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs).  Remuneration, airfare from pre-designated cities in the US, as well as housing assistance are provided.  All majors are welcome to apply. For more information, you may also want to visit the JET Program USA website:

Co-sponsored by the UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs & Career Development.