IAS welcomes Christie M. Keifer

Christie with curls

Christie Keifer is the Administrative Coordinator for both the Social, Behavioral and Human Sciences and the Social and Historical Studies divisions. She received her B.A. in English and B.A.C. in Conflict Management from Pacific Lutheran University in 2014, and spent two years helping Washington State educators expand their credentials in the Partnerships and Professional Development department at PLU. After graduation in August 2014, Christie traveled to the suburbs of San Francisco to volunteer at Point Reyes National Seashore behind the front desk at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. While at Point Reyes, she assisted visitors from both Europe and the United States plan their time in the Park. In addition to service-oriented positions, Christie is an avid poet and children’s literature enthusiast. She recently traveled to Northern Ireland to complete a course on Dialogue and Community Peacebuilding where she studied The Troubles, and how children’s literature positively impacted the community.

Although Point Reyes National Seashore was the last national park she visited, Christie has visited thirteen national parks and national monuments since she was a young child and lived in two of the thirteen. From the Lost Colony in North Carolina and Yellowstone in Wyoming to Mount Rainier in Ashford, WA, Christie has visited every region of the United States with her best friends and family. Her favorite was Point Reyes, the only National Seashore on the West Coast.

Christie is excited about beginning her next chapter at UW Tacoma. Since she grew up in Puyallup, the urban setting of Downtown Tacoma is home. Since she finished up her first month in IAS, her colleagues have been nothing but welcoming. Christie is appreciative about the opportunity to grow in such a diverse community and looks forward to helping faculty in both divisions with their creative projects. Her desk is in the front area of IAS and the snazzy shoe calendar is hers.