Recent News

WA State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu visits Third Andresen and Velma Veloria's CHID250D: Critical Community Organizing course!
CHID Alum Sarah Maria Medina, Poetry Editor at Winter Tangerine, says of Phillip Thurtle: “My studies with you in CHID still largely shape my thinking today.” From the Chicago Review of Books
From Sous Vide to the Masters of Moxie Valerie Trask is on a mission to bring more women into Seattle start-up culture and promote fearlessness!
The tech news site Geekwire recently published a story about the collaborative work of Jayadev Athreya (Mathematics, CHID Affiliate Faculty) and Timea Tihanyi (Art), a project supported by the Simpson Center studio grant "Axiomatic: The Creative Process in Art and Mathematics".  
Graphic of a human chain
To celebrate the many accomplishments of CHIDdies of all types—students, faculty, alumni—we have compiled below just a sampling of recent honors and news items. Do you have news that you want to share with your CHID community? An award or recognition? A great gig? Going to grad school? Life event to share? Let us know – send a short description and any web links to administrator Suzanne St Peter, We want to hear from you! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In recognition of her... Full story
Professor Phillip Thurtle
CHID Director, María Elena García, is on sabbatical this quarter as well as the next. Acting Director Phillip Thurtle writes this edition’s Letter from the Director in her absence. Hello Friends, This has been a difficult quarter across the country and in CHID. As a close-knit learning community intent on engaging social issues, national affairs always have an impact on the CHID program. This quarter has been especially trying. The increase of hate and divisiveness surrounding the election has challenged CHID’s core philosophy that “... Full story
Glass Blowing
As noted in prior newsletters, CHID faculty, students, staff, and alumni have been intensely involved in the program’s Ten-Year Review Self-Study over the past few years. The CHID community has soul-searched, discussed, written, met with review committee members—and written some more—as we have pondered and planned the CHID Program’s next decade as an undergraduate program at the University of Washington. In their report, the review committee noted that “CHID is a clear site of excellence at the University of Washington. It is delivering the methodology of graduate education, focused on... Full story
Italy's Canals
The CHID Program benefits greatly from three generous endowments that support student engagement with the complexity of the world through exposure to other cultures. Each year, students who plan to participate in a CHID-sponsored study abroad program are invited to apply for scholarships funded by these endowments. This year, six students received awards of between $400 and $1,000 to help defray their study abroad program expenses. Included below are excerpts from the awardees’ applications; in the Spring 2017 newsletter, these students will share reflections from their study abroad... Full story
Students at dinner table in Sardinia
As a student of higher education in a nation that sits at the center of the hegemonic political-economic system, I am exposed to layers of normalized phenomenon that are hiding in plain sight. Studying abroad in a foreign environment helped me to notice what was foreign about my own world. Side-by-side with my program peers, I was submerged in a snapshot of global trends at large while visiting a small island in the Mediterranean. From the momentum of a structured life with clear social norms and an intentional daily schedule, I found myself in unfamiliar territory with language barriers,... Full story