Panel on Civil Rights

History, Conflict, & Promise: Civil Rights at the UW

May 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Kane Hall


This event has reached capacity! Standby seating available ONLY– first come, first serve basis, starting at 6:45 pm in Kane Hall. Any reserved seats not taken by 7:15 will be offered to guests in the standby line.

In 1968, more than 100 UW students, organized by the Black Student Union, occupied the offices of UW President Charles Odegaard. Their nonviolent actions led to changes in admission policies and curricula that echo to this day. Nearly 50 years later, moderator Ralina Joseph joins a panel of UW alumni civil rights leaders to reflect on the legacy of the occupation and the state of the UW’s ongoing commitment to equity and justice for all.


  • Ralina Joseph, Moderator, Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Adjunct Associate Professor, Departments of American Ethnic Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Larry Gossett, ’71, King County Councilmember
  • Verlaine Keith-Miller, ’74, J.D. ’80, Industrial Appeals Judge for the Washington State Board Of Appeals (Retired)
  • Sharon Maeda, ’68, President, Spectra Communications
  • Emile Pitre, M.S. ’69 Associate Vice President for Assessment in the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (Retired).
  • Rogelio Riojas, ’73, ’75, M.H.A. ’77, President and CEO of Sea Mar Community Health Centers

Admission is free

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Info Sessions: Washington State Legislative Internship Program

Looking for an Internship? The Washington State Legislative Internship Program is now open to undergraduate students across the state! 


Info Sessions: April 24th and 25th! See below for times and more details: 

Come learn about the Washington State Legislative Intern Program! This is a paid, for-credit internship opportunity for college students of any major to work as staff at the State Capitol during the Legislative Session (January through March or April). About 70 students are hired each year from colleges around the state.  Political experience is not necessary.  Students from diverse backgrounds who are active leaders, engaged in campus communities, and excited to learn about government and gain practical job skills are encouraged to apply.  This is often a life-changing experience to see first-hand how government actually works. Students from all majors and political ideologies are strongly encouraged to apply!

Information Sessions with the internship coordinators (Paula Rehwaldt and Emily McCartan) and some past interns will be held on the UW-Seattle campus in Gowen Hall, room 1A on April 24th and 25th.  Any students who are interested or just curious are encouraged to come to the sessions to ask questions and get a good idea of the whole experience and application process.

Monday, April 24th sessions in Gowen 1A:

Tuesday, April 25th sessions in Gowen 1A:

The 2018 internship will run from January 3, 2018, through March 8, 2018.  Applications for the internship will be due in October, 2017. Students must be enrolled juniors or seniors, in good academic standing, and receiving academic credit for the internship.  Students of all majors are welcome and the internship provides amazing opportunities for networking, shadowing, and real-world experience in a wide variety of fields, from state government and politics to business, law, criminal justice, communications, social work, environmental policy, education, and public health.

More information

More information about the Legislative Internship Program is available on their website at or on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.  Students are also welcome to contact the UW liaison (Mark Weitzenkamp) or set up an appointment with him at the POL S Advising Office: to learn more about the internship and the related credits at UW-Seattle.

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**TOMORROW** Fair & Impartial Criminal Justice Practice: A One-Day Continuing Education Event

Interested in criminal justice? 


Please join the Seattle University Department of Criminal Justice for their Spring 2017 One-Day Continuing Education Event featuring Dr. Lorie Friedell! 

Friday, April 28th from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Student Center 160 at Seattle University 

Fair and Impartial Criminal Justice Practice: A Science-Based Approach

Criminal justice agencies are recognizing that even the best employees might manifest bias and, therefore, even the best agencies must be proactive to achieve fair and impartial justice. This course presents what is known about human biases and applies it to the criminal justice system. Guidance that is relevant to other criminal justice agencies addresses policy, training, supervision/ accountability, leadership, recruitment/ hiring, outreach to diverse communities, and measurement.

The fair and impartial criminal justice practice perspective reflects a new way of thinking about the issue of biased criminal justice practice, based on the science of bias. Social psychologists who study bias report that bias has changed in our soicety. As one scientist proclaimed, “This is not your grandmother’s prejudice” (Fiske, 2008). These scientists have determined — through voluminous research on the topic — that bias today is less likely to manifest as “implicit bias.” Social psychologists have shown that “implicit” bias can impact what people percieve and do; it works below conscious awareness and manifests even in people who consciously hold non-prejudiced attitudes. Like explicit bias, implicit bias can produce discriminatory actions.

The vast majority of criminal justice personnel are well-meaning individuals who are dedicated to serving all community members with fairness and dignity. Despite good intentions, however, their behaviors may still manifest biased criminal justice practice. It is likely that many of these professionals, like humans in every profession, are not fully cognizant of the extent to which race/ethnicity (and other factors, such as gender, sexual preference, socio-economic status, and religion) impact their decision-making.

The 1-day course covers the (1) science of bias and (2) implications of the science-based perspective for agency policy and practice. Attendees learn about the elements of a comprehensive agency program for promoting fair and impartial criminal justice practice.

Topics covered:

  • The social science of human bias and its implications for criminal justice;
  • The benefits and elements of a comprehensive program to facilitate fair and impartial criminal justice practice;
  • Recruitment, hiring, and promotion;
  • Meaningful policy;
  • Leadership, supervision, and accountability;
  • Education/training
  • Promoting fair and impartial policing and its perceptions through operations;
  • Measurement;
  • Outreach to diverse communities;
  • How to implement a comprehensive program.

Background on the Instructor:

Dr. Laurie Fridell, former Director of Research at Police Executive Research, is a national expert on biased policing. She has authored a number of chapters and books on the topic and is frequently quoted in the press. Her most recent book (Springer 2017) is Producing Bias-Free Policing: A Science-Based Approach.  With financial support from the US Department of Justice and assistance from experts on policing and the science of bias, she has created the Fair and Impartial Policing training program. She and her cadre of trainers implement this training all over the US and Canada. Dr. Fridell is on faculty in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida.

Register by contacting: or call 206-296-5480


$250 general
$150 alumni
$50 current students

Lunch is provided.

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Internship Story Share

Curious about internships? Confused about how to get started? Wondering what to do next after your internship is completed? 

Internship Story Share: A Showcase of Student Perspectives


Tuesday, May 16, 2:00 to 5:00 PM, Smith 320

Join us for a showcase of student perspectives from a variety of Social Science majors. You will get to hear their experiences, lessons learned, and advice for succeeding in an internship.

Following the presentations, we will offer two workshops: How to Find an Internship and What Now? Developing your Career Pathway

RSVP on Facebook: @historyuw

Presented by the Dept. of Sociology; Economics; Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies; Geography; History; Jackson School for International Studies; Law, Societies, and Justice; and Psychology. 

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Internship & Work Study Opportunities with the City of Seattle!

It’s internship season and YOU are invited! 


The City of Seattle has a whole host of internship and job opportunities for students posted on their webpage! Internships vary greatly, from Social Media Interns, to School & Neighborhood Engineering, there’s bound to be one for you!

In general, most of their recruiting for internships is done in the first two weeks of:

  • February (for Spring Quarter)
  • April (for Summer Quarter)
  • August (for Fall Quarter)
  • November (for Winter Quarter)

Visit their website to learn more! Updates and new postings are happening daily, so be sure to check back frequently if you don’t see one that suits you right away!

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[SOC in the News]: Dr. Alexes Harris’s Research Featured

The following excerpt was featured in UW Today by James Urton…

Research Team Tracks Complex Web of Monetary Sanctions in 9 States


“The phrase ‘criminal justice system’ may conjure images of courtrooms, juries and prison. But “when justice is doled out, it increasingly impacts the pocketbook,” according to Alexes Harris, a professor of sociology at the University of Washington.

Harris leads a team of researchers at nine universities who are exploring the role of monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system. They recently completed a review of financial punishments in the laws of each of their home states. Based on their preliminary findings, the impact to a person’s pocketbook depends largely on his or her location on a map.

‘There is an extreme amount of variation — both between states and within states — on how, when and where monetary sanctions are imposed by court officials,’ said Harris. ‘It’s a mess, and there are few guidelines and no national framework governing the use of monetary sanctions.'”

Read the rest of the article on UW Today by clicking here!

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AKD Materials DUE TOMORROW (Friday) by 5 pm



These are Forget-Me-Nots…. get it? 

If you have not yet turned in your AKD materials, please do so by TOMORROW (Friday), April 28th in the Student Services Office, no later than 5:00 pm .

Thank you!

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