Social Justice

  • Honoring Sam Dubal's Vision

    A new graduate fellowship in memory of anthropology professor Sam Dubal reflects his commitment to building an anti-racist society. 

    November 2021 Perspectives
  • The Intersection of Science & Equity

    Biology PhD student Ashely Paynter has created a podcast/organization that reflects her interests in science and activism. 

    October 2021 Perspectives
  • Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

    Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month this September 15 through October 15 by exploring work by College of Arts & Sciences faculty, students and alumni.

    September 2021 Perspectives
  • Don’t Call It a Pandemic of the Stupid

    There are structural reasons people are swayed by anti-vaccine propaganda. Sneering at the unvaccinated won't solve them. Carl Bergstrom, professor of biology at the UW, is quoted.

    The New Republic
  • America’s moral responsibility for the tragedy unfolding in Afghanistan

    Without the ongoing prospect of U.S. military support, the Washington-backed Afghan government quickly fell - and on Aug. 15, 2021, the Taliban declared the creation of a new political order, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, writes Michael Blake, professor of philosophy and of public policy and governance at the UW.

    The Conversation
  • Report: Washington police agencies continued working with ICE despite sanctuary laws

    Collaboration between police departments and federal immigration enforcers has persisted around Washington, despite laws designed to tamp it down, according to a report released on Wednesday. Phil Neff, project coordinator at the UW Center for Human Rights, is quoted.

  • UW human rights report questions compliance with state law restricting cooperation with immigration officials

    The Clark County Sheriff’s Office staffers regularly shared nonpublic information with ICE about immigrants booked into the county jail, according to a report published by the UW Center for Human Rights. Phil Neff, project coordinator at the center, is quoted.

    The Seattle Times
  • WA law enforcement continues to violate Keep Washington Working Act by feeding info to ICE

    Police, jail staff and other local law enforcement across Washington continue to share information with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, and Customs and Border Protection, facilitating arrests and deportations, despite a law that prohibits such cooperation, according to a new report by the UW Center for Human Rights.

  • Report: WA law enforcement agencies still cooperate with ICE, despite state law banning practice

    Local law enforcement agencies across Washington have worked with federal immigration agents to detain undocumented immigrants, despite a state law banning such collaborations. That’s according to a new report from the UW Center for Human Rights. Angelina Godoy, professor of law, societies and justice and of international studies and director of the Center for Human Rights at the UW, is interviewed.

  • Just be quiet:' Film shares untold history of Indipino community in Bainbridge Island

    An executive producer of a Bainbridge-made documentary, Gina Corpuz, is also the daughter of an aboriginal woman who survived an Indian residential school in Canada. She made a documentary to reveal the untold stories of the Indipinos with help from the Bainbridge Island community. Rick Bonus, professor of American ethnic studies at the UW, is quoted.

    Kitsap Sun
  • Opinion: Crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe fails most of those in need

    "A GoFundMe campaign is a poor — and unfair — substitute for functional social programs. The crowdfunding business, to which hundreds of thousands of people turned for help with rent and other basic needs during the pandemic, may well be a platform for 'inspiring acts of kindness,' but every donation also dictates who is being left behind," write Nora Kenworthy, associate professor of nursing and health studies at UW Bothell, and Mark Igra, a graduate student in sociology at the UW.

    Los Angeles Times
  • Opinion: The Trinity Bellwoods crackdown was not surprising — but there is a better way to respond to encampments

    "As researchers of policing and homelessness, we have seen an unmistakable rise in homeless sweeps and encampment crackdowns since the late 1990s. This response to visible poverty results from a collision of forces, both in Canada and the United States: the decline of affordable housing and mental-health services, and local governments’ desires to revitalize business districts, boost tourism and attract high-income residents," write Katherine Beckett, professor of sociology and of law, societies and justice at the UW, and Forrest Stuart of Stanford University.

    The Globe and Mail
  • The Office of Police Accountability's decision is out, and so is Jeff Bezos. Discussing what comes next, this week

    Ross Reynolds reviews the week’s news with KUOW reporter Esmy Jimenez, New York Times technology correspondent Karen Weise, and Publicola police accountability reporter Paul Kiefer on the “Week in Review” podcast. Topics include the demands by some UW students and faculty to disband the UW police department and a report by Oregon Public Broadcasting that the Clark County sheriff’s office shared information with ICE, which references the UW Center for Human Rights.

  • The Inequality of the GoFundMe Economy

    Mark Igra, graduate student in sociology, explains the results of his new study on digital fund-raising equality.

    The New York Times
  • Unlearning Poverty

    In the Honors course "Abolishing Poverty," students untangle the interwoven complexities that lead to impoverishment.

    July 2021 Perspectives