Governor Inslee and Mayor Strickland Visit UWT


Gov. Inslee and Prof. Will McGuire

PPPA students and Prof. Katie Baird with Gov. Inslee


On March 9th, UWT’s Division of Politics Philosophy and Public Affairs teamed up with World Affairs Council Tacoma to bring Gov. Jay Inslee and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland to UWT.  The two came to campus to discuss Tacoma and Washington State’s role in global affairs.

Gov. Inslee and Mayor Strickland. began the event with opening remarks. Moderator Will McGuire, UWT professor of economics, asked follow-up questions.  He inquired with both officials about the controversial call by the Tacoma City Council to not declare the city a “sanctuary city”, and also about recent racially and religiously motivated violent acts in Washington 

The final 45 minutes were devoted to questions from the audience of more than 300 attendees. These questions ranged from the local — development on Tacoma’s tideflats — to the global — how national politics might affect Washington’s trade-based economy.

Prior to the event, Gov. Inslee met with numerous PPPA students to hear of their concerns.  He also met with some UWT students who are also immigrants.

More pictures of the event can be found here.


Students Intern Around Our Community This Winter Quarter

Four PPPA students undertook internship this winter to fulfill their major’s capstone requirement. Stepan Abramov, a senior Law and Policy student, interned with the Tacoma Housing Authority.  “As a intern with THA, I learned first hand how dependent many residents are on government funding. The smallest change in policy can create serious consequences in the lives of thousands.”  Stepan wrote a paper examining inclusionary zoning policies. Maria Reyes is about to graduate with a degree in Law and Policy.  She interned with the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office, one she called “the best experience. It made me figure out what type of law I want to practice”.  Maria’s paper examined the legal history of indigents’ right to counsel.  Anna Nepomuceno is majoring in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and spent the winter quarter working in Olympia with the Washington Student Association, 

Maria Reyes

a lobbying organization for institutions of higher education.  Her paper examined the shortcomings in higher ed policy for the growing population of non-traditional students.   Ruddy Salas is also in his senior year, majoring in Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies.  He spent his winter quarter with the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel.  His paper investigated the history of mass incarceration in the U.S., and the effect policy reform in Washington has had on incarceration rates. Congratulations to all!

UW Law School Hosts Open House for Students

UW’s Law School is hosting two upcoming events. The first is an Admissions Information Session on April 12 from 5:45-7PM.  Come hear information about the application process. Students may RSVP here:

The second event is an Annual Open House on April 29 where students are invited to participate in a mock class, speak with students, and learn about the student organizations.

Questions?  Contact Mathiew Le, Asst. Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, UW School of Law (

UWT Students Spend Winter Quarter Working for State Legislature

Seven UWT students are spending this winter quarter interning with the State Legislature. These UWT students were among 70 selected for this annual internship opportunity for students attending Washington colleges. Those selected are paid and earn credit while gaining a first-hand up-close look at the legislative process.  All interns work full time alongside legislators and their staff to learn about public policy.  The internship also builds students’ professional skills as they serve the citizens of Washington State.

DeAnn Dillon, a senior majoring in Ethnic Gender and Labor studies, interns with Senator John McCoy.
Madison Edmiston, a senior Arts Media and Communication major, works for the Senate Democratic Caucus. Zach Fish (senior, Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)), is a Session Aid for Senator Doug Erickson.  Amy Welch, another PPE senior, interns for Sen.Joe Fain. Malisa Wei splits her time between Sen. Reuven Carlyle and Sen. Steve Conway, and is graduating this winter in PPE. Chris Johnson studies Law and Policy, and is interning with Rep. Sherry Appleton and Rep. John Lovick. Finally, Jessi Williams (senior in  Law and Policy) works in the offices of Rep. David Sawyer and Rep. Eileen Cody.  Amy Welch sums up her own experience this way: “This internship has brought both challenges and rewards. I’ve learned how laws are made, what influences the process, and how hard our elected officials work. It’s inspired me to do work that matters and to think of others before myself.

Applications for next year’s Legislative Internship Program are due in October 2017.

Professor Sarah Hampson Publishes New Book “The Balance Gap”

Assistant Professor of Public Law Sarah Hampson’s new book is fresh off the press. Published by Stanford Press, The Balance Gap contrasts the way that “family friendly” policies and laws play out in the university versus the military. Prof. Hampson does this by tracing the paths of individual women to examine how they understand and make use of work/life balance laws and policies.

Prof. Hampson research leads her to some surprising conclusions. She argues that the growing trend toward family-friendly policies are “only a Band-Aid for what really afflicts American women in the workplace—a culture that expects them to be both ideal caregivers and ideal workers. Not only do work/life balance policies such as paid family leave not address this expectation head-on, they can actually serve to reinforce these cultural expectations.”

Sarah’s book is now available online or in bookstores like the UWT Bookstore.  You can also read her recent opinion piece on paid family leave.  Keep an eye out for an upcoming event to celebrate Sarah’s milestone.


Scholarship Opportunities For Students!

Gilman International Scholarship

Are you planning to study or intern abroad in the summer or early fall? Are you also a Pell Grant recipient?

The Gilman International Scholarship is a merit-based, competitive scholarship that provides funding for students with significant financial need to study or intern abroad.

National Deadline: March 7, 2017


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Governor Inslee To Visit UWT

On Thursday, March 9th, Governor Jay Inslee, joined by Tacoma major Marilyn Strickland, will visit UWT to engage in a wide-ranging conversation about  the challenges confronting Washington State and the City of Tacoma. Prof. of Economics Will McGuire will moderate the discussion, which will include both prepared questions and questions from the audience.

Date:  March 9th

Time:  6 -7:30 pm

Location:  WPH

An event flyer is here.