"We are UWTacoma" storytelling

May 2, 2019

“We are UWTacoma” kick-off event


Last Wednesday, April 24th, marked the start of our campus-wide storytelling project, We are UWTacoma. Sponsored by a grant from the Strategic Initiative Fund, the project kick-off event, held at Anthem Coffee and Tea, featured interviews and storytelling shared by all who attended.  Our project intern, graduating senior and Writing Studies major Rachel Howe, interviewed project designers—senior lecturer Nicole Blair and Margaret Lundberg, TLC staff writing instructor—about the inspiration and origins of the project, and all three shared their own stories about UW Tacoma: Blair, who has been teaching at UW Tacoma since 1995, spoke about what brought her to Tacoma, via Hays, KS, from her home in Laurel, MS, as well as her earliest days teaching in the Perkins Building—the original downtown home of UW Tacoma;  Howe remembered her first visit to the Tacoma campus before she decided to become a student here; finally, Lundberg read her story about three people on campus who impacted her success as a UW Tacoma undergraduate. Other attendees also shared stories, including Dwayne Chambers, the Associate Director of the Quantitative Center in the TLC, Chan Ly, a 2018 BSN alumni and current Doctor of Nursing Practice student at UW Seattle, and Dani Combs, a Writing Studies major and graduating senior.

The We are UWTacoma project will continue to collect stories of students, staff and faculty throughout the rest of spring quarter, through pop-up events held around campus through the month of May—including the chance to set up interviews for those who would rather tell their story than write it.  All of the stories shared, whether in writing or through interviews will be curated and shared on this blog.

If you have a story about your own UW Tacoma experience that you’d like to share, you can do so through this form, during one of our pop-up events (see below for dates and locations), or you can contact Margaret Lundberg (margal3@uw.edu) to arrange an interview.


Pop-up dates and locations:

May 8th – The Dawghouse

May 22nd – WCG Atrium

May 29th – BB Atrium

All events will be held 12:15- 1:30 pm