Summer B Term, Honors 230 A: In Your Name: Education inside Prison

Hello Honors students,

We are pleased to announce that this Summer B Term, we will again be offering Honors 230 A: In Your Name: Education inside Prison. This course presents students a unique opportunity to explore education within a prison setting. 

Course Description
Why should people in prison have opportunities for education? What are the benefits and what are the realities and constraints of the institution? This class is centered around a series of visits we will make to the Twin Rivers Unit of the Monroe Correctional Complex (about 45 minutes outside of Seattle). We will meet with a group of prisoners there several times over the course of this class, sharing reading and writing assignments with them (scheduled dates are Wednesdays in B term, departing from the UW around 11:00am and arriving back by 5). We will also tour the facility and meet with the prison’s administrative staff and correctional officers in order to gain a broad understanding of the complex issues surrounding education within a prison setting (the tour is currently scheduled for Tuesday Aug. 5, and will take all day). UW students will engage in writing and outreach projects with the TRU students. NO MAKE-UP sessions are possible, so please check your schedules.

Class size will be limited to 12 students, and transportation to and from the prison will be provided.


Please attend an information session to hear more about the course and requirements from the instructor, Claudia Jensen. Our final information session will be held this Thursday May 29, 12:30, MGH 211E. Please contact Claudia for more information or if you cannot attend a session ( 

Enrolling & Participating in the Course

 Add codes required to register for this course, and are available from Claudia Jensen ( Please provide your student number in your add code request, as well as your acknowledgment of the following. 


Students will have to submit information for clearance in order to enter the prison facility and they will be required to sign the UW’s Acknowledgement of Risk form; all students must be over 18. Students should also be aware that visits to the Monroe Correctional Complex require strict adherence to MCC rules, which may make certain behaviors (communication via cell phone or eating/drinking/administration of medication during those hours, etc) impossible. Please be in touch with Claudia with any concerns or questions you have about these policies.


UW Honors

Undergraduate Research Program Hiring Student Assistant

Position Available: Undergraduate Student Assistant
Undergraduate Research Program

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) in the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity promotes and facilitates opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research with faculty, provides a public forum for students to present their work, and offers advising and other resources.

We currently seek an undergraduate student assistant to work 15-19.5 hours per week, preferably starting this summer and continuing through academic year 2014-15.  Compensation is $10.00/hour.  This position is Work-Study eligible.

General Duties/Description:

  • Provide web, database, and other technology support for the Undergraduate Research Program including routine URP website updates.
  • Assist in daily operations including email management, the development, production, and distribution of URP publication materials; office organization; program outreach;
  • Perform a variety of support functions for URP programs and events, including the Undergraduate Research Symposium; and
  • Occasional front desk reception support for the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity.


  • Valuable experience for students who want to gain professional work experience and/or learn about student services in higher education.
  • Interesting/relevant work environment for students who are already involved or interested in undergraduate research.
  • Work with friendly staff in a supportive, team-oriented environment.


  • Work well both as a member of a small team and independently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Creative problem solving skills, ability to balance a variety of duties, and attention to detail.
  • Experience with PC applications, particularly Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of and experience with web-page updates and maintenance.
  • High comfort level with computer technology and software programs, including interest in learning new web-page design and other technical skills.

Additional Desired Skills:

  • Familiarity with basic HTML and/or Drupal content management systems.
  • Familiarity with using social media platforms.
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Familiarity with basic Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and/or InDesign.

How to Apply: Priority deadline for consideration is Monday, June 23

Please email a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references to: Lauren Brohawn, Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Program via Word or pdf attachment to

To learn more about the Undergraduate Research Program, visit:

DO-IT Student Office Assistant Position

Now Hiring Student Office Assistants

Department: DO-IT, College of Engineering
Job Title: Student Hourly Office Assistant
Location: 4545 15th Ave NE

Take advantage of this great opportunity to build your resume, support people with disabilities, and work on campus for an award-winning program!

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) supports people with disabilities to succeed in college and careers. We are hiring detail-oriented, computer-savvy, self-motivated undergraduates with excellent customer service skills and Macintosh experience. Duties include reception, office support, word processing, data entry, desktop publishing, and much more in a team-oriented environment.

Work 12-19.5 hours/week during the academic year (more hours usually available during breaks). Shifts available Mon-Fri, 9:00AM-5:15PM. Must be enrolled for at least 6 credits Fall quarter and able to commit for a year or more. $10.50/ hr to start.

For a complete job description and application instructions, visit this website:

JSIS A 494: Gender and Citizenship in the Global North

Why are women still making on average 20% less than

men in the economies of the Global North? Why are there

only 18% women in the US Congress? Do women just have to

‘lean in’, as Sheryl Sandberg (CEO of facebook) suggests? Is

the Scandinavian child care model an option? And what do

the EU and the UN do about gender inequalities?

If you’re interested in these questions, this class is for you.

TTh 2:30 – 3:50 (SMI 309)

Contact me for further info

Sabine Lang, Associate Professor JSIS

JSIS A 301: Europe Today

Fall 2014 Lecture class JSIS A 301 

Are you interested in finding out how the European

Union copes with current challenges such as the

Euro debt crisis, migration, and possible expansion?

Do you wonder whether the crisis in the Ukraine

increased the push towards a common security policy,

or to what degree Europeans share an identity?

Then this lecture class is for you – no prerequisites in

the social sciences or EU politics required.

JSIS A 301, T & Th 11:30 – 12:20, Thomson 101 


Sabine Lang, Associate Professor JSIS


Since 2009, MadArt has served as a catalyst for new and unexpected artworks in Seattle by providing opportunities for large-scale installations. This Fall 2014, UW Seattle will become the site of Mad Art’s latest project, Mad Campus. Thirteen selected artists will create sculptures conceived to interact with the university setting and the viewer this summer. 
This summer, using video, students in Art 496A will document the latest exhibition developed by MadArt, from its curatorial conception to its installation. Students will connect with professional artists, gain experience planning and executing video work, and get an inside look at the process involved in building and installing public art.
Need more details? Contact Art Advising or visit us in the Art Building, RM 104

Apply for SAALT’s Young Leaders Institute

Dear campus allies,

I would like to invite you to apply to SAALT’s annual leadership program, the Young Leaders Institute (YLI). YLI is an opportunity for 15-20 undergraduate university students to come together in Washington D.C. on July 18-20, 2014 to build leadership skills, connect with activists and mentors, and explore social change strategies around issues that affect South Asian and immigrant communities in the US. The deadline is extended to May 31, 2014!

The 2014 Young Leaders Institute  will focus on LGBTQ justice and allyship. Students will develop projects to address LGBTQ issues and effective allyship on their campuses and in their communities. All students—LGBQ, transgender and gender non-conforming, and allies seeking to stand shoulder to shoulder with LGBT students against anti-LGBT language, bullying, and discrimination—are welcome to apply.  

See below for more information and the application process.  Feel free to share this with your student groups. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.



The Q Center is Hiring! Apply by May 28th!

The Q Center has two undergraduate student staff positions available for 2014-2015 (fall, winter, & spring quarters):     


  • Facilitate Q Center programs and services in collaboration with those who may not access the Q Center space
  • Work to get new people in the Q Center
  • Create and maintain a friendly, welcoming, supportive environment that encourages people to come back to the Q Center
  • Have knowledge of resources in and outside the Q Center
  • Plan events that outreach to the UW queer and trans* community
  • Maintain an intersectional social justice perspective in all aspects of work


  • Advocacy and community building by and for queer people of color, students, staff, faulty, and community alike.
  • Critical application of anti-racism and anti-oppression ethic.
  • Intersectional accessibility: programming needs to be open to everyone in our communities, financially, physically, emotionally
  • Continuing and building relationships with the Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, the D Center and the ASUW Commissions
  • Participate in educational programming for constituents and allies

To apply, please visit our online hiring application.  THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 28TH.  Applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis to schedule interviews.

Please contact the Assistant Director, Jaimée Marsh, to ask questions or request accommodations: or 206-897-1430.

Summer Nanny Position Available

Morning Nanny position available: Our family is looking for a morning nanny to help our two boys (4 and 7 yrs) off to their summer program.  The position involves making breakfast, packing lunches and driving them to their Summer programs.  We would ask you arrive at 7am and should be finished by  9am.  We pay $16 an hour.  The position would start June 30th and run through September.  It can be from 3-5 days a week.  We are flexible to work around a vacation week.  You will need to have a car, but we will provide car seats for the Summer.  If you are interested, please contact Barb at  

"Life Sentences: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading" - May 20th, 2014

Please join us for the following talk in the Histories and Futures of the Book lecture series:

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 4:30pm
Communications 120

Megan Sweeney
Arthur F. Thurnau Associate Professor of English and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan

“Life Sentences: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading”

During the late 1960s, male prisoners at San Quentin circulated handwritten pages of The Communist Manifesto by way of a clothesline strung from cell to cell.Today, by contrast, women prisoners frequently circulate devalued genres such as narratives of victimization, African American urban fiction, and Christian self-help books.  Although this contrast creates anxiety among some scholars and activists, I have learned—from conducting extensive interviews and group discussions with ninety-four women prisoners—that the contrast indicates far more about the climate for prisoners’ reading in the two time periods than about the readers themselves.  Since the prisoners’ rights movement of the 1960s and ‘70s gave way to the retributive justice framework of the 1980s, prisoners’ opportunities for reading and education have sharply declined.  Even in the midst of these severe restrictions, however, many women prisoners strive to maintain vibrant intellectual lives by making creative and varied uses of the limited reading materials available to them.  Extending the tradition of prisoners’ self-education, women use popular, female-gendered genres to situate their experiences within broader social and historical contexts, experiment with new ways of being, and maintain a sense of dignity, hope, and human community. 
Megan Sweeney is Arthur F. Thurnau Associate Professor of English and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, where she directs the Writing Program. She is the author of Reading is my Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women’s Prisons (2011), winner of the Emily Toth Award for best work in Women’s Studies.
Sponsored by the Textual Studies Program, the Department of English, Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies, Law, Societies, & Justice, the Ketcham Endowment, the Hilen Endowment, the Honors Program, and the Pipeline Project. Reception to follow.