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Short Talks: Love

Thurs. Feb. 21, 2019      7–10:30 p.m.

The KEXP Gathering Space

When the personal is political, love makes all the difference. In celebration of the Q Center’s 15th anniversary, four recent alumni will share their personal stories of love — of themselves, for the community and as a catalyst for change.

After the talks, enjoy a reception featuring food from That Brown Girl Cooks, tunes from KEXP’s Stas THEE Boss and a cash bar.

$7 UWAA members / $10 public


Headshot: Selma DillsiSELMA AL-ASWAD, ’09, ’10 | Researcher & Community Organizer

Citizen researcher. Citizen activist. Continually inspired by the profoundness and mundanity of humanity and nature. Grateful for the wisdom of mentors, teachers and friends. Sister. Questioner. Protagonist and antagonist. Fierce but kind.

Selma Al-Aswad (she/her) is a social worker and researcher who likes discovering new mediums of art for storytelling and activism. She holds two degrees from the University of Washington, where she found community and home at the Q Center.  

Headshot: Hel GebreamlakHELEN “HEL” GEBREAMLAK, ’18 | Prisoners’ Rights Advocate

Seattle-raised. Questioner. Dreamer. Leftist. Writer. Filmmaker. Storyteller. Black. Child of immigrants. Eritrean. Super gay. Disability justice. Feminism. Future. “Wu-Tang is for the children.”   

Helen Gebreamlak (she/her/hers) is a former Q Center employee and a recent UW grad who took the more-than-a-decade-long scenic route to her degree. She is currently the Investigator for Disability Rights Washington’s Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) program and an award-winning filmmaker living in Seattle’s lesbian HQ (otherwise known as West Seattle) with her wonderful partner and pretty good cat.

Headshot: Jaimée MarshJAIMÉE MARSH, ’09 | Activator

On fire. Scholar-Activist. Centering Black Joy. PNW raised. Inquisitive. WOO. Empathetic. Vulnerable yet tough. CheeseandMagic. Tarot. Scorpio feelings. Strategist. Pansexual gender queer. Lover of fur and sequins. Sass for days. Grounded by family and friends. Experiencing life fully. Fiercely independent. Anxious cat. Evergrowing. Storyteller. Creative. On the move. Jaiméezing!

Jaimée (they/them, she/her) is an MSW and organizational development consultant currently serving as the Associate Director of the University of Washington Q Center. Outside of work, she fancies herself as a cheese ambassador, and actively supports local arts, music, and culinary events.

Headshot: Casey WynecoopCASEY WYNECOOP, ’16 | The Resistance

Spokane Tribal member. Queer/cis/masculine. Queen of the Longhouse. Activist. Space taker. Karaoke boss. Humorist. Efficient. Atheist. Anti-fascist. Louise Belcher. Art lover. But not all art.

Casey Wynecoop is a Spokane tribal member currently serving as the Assistant Director of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House at the University of Washington. He believes in upholding tribal sovereignty, equity for queer and trans folks, experiencing and supporting the arts, and fighting fascism and white supremacy.


Seattle-born. Dancer. Choreographer. Actor. Activist. Teaching Artist. Black. Queer af. Non binary. Trans. Femme. Low key gaymer. Comic nerd. Vampire lover. Storyteller. 90’s R&B. Lauryn Hill. Child. Sibling. Grandchild. Great grandchild. Cousin (SHOUTOUT TO MY COUSINS!). Friend. Lover. Dramatic. Extra. Vibrant. Erotic. Queen. Social disruptor. Evolving.

Randy (she/her, they/them) studied at the UW. She is a choreographer and dancer with Au Collective and a teaching artist with Arts Corps. You can follow her on Instagram and

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