Selam Misgano, Othello-UW Commons manager

misgano@uw.edu

Education: Master’s in Public Health and Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. I am also husky alumni. I attended UW for my undergraduate degree in public health!

Hobbies: Dancing, boxing, reading, walks at Seward park, hanging out at coffee shops, planning…is that count as a hobby? I love planning and visioning work in my personal and professional life.

Favorite place to eat in SE Seattle: This is hard, there are so many I love! Right now, I love Delish a new Ethiopian restaurant in Hillman city. I love the décor and the food is great too 😊

Hidden gem in SE Seattle: Kubota Garden is such a fun place to hang out. I have done my fair share of photo shoots at this place including my maternity photo shoot. I also got married to my lovely husband Yonas there! Can you say picture perfect!

What does community engagement mean to you: It means showing up as yourself. You can only engage authentically with people if you are showing as fully.  I am not only a UW employee but also a resident of Othello, a mother of a beautiful baby girl and the oldest daughter of two Ethiopian immigrant parents. My identity matters and I can’t leave it at the door when I walk into work.

What do you do at the Commons: I identify, connect and facilitate partnership opportunities between University of Washington and Southeast Seattle organizations and residents that promote economic, health and educational wellbeing and equity.  


Sunny Ysa

Sunny Ysa, administrative assistant

saysa@uw.edu

Education: B.A. in Politics, Whitman College.

Hobbies: Traveling, dancing, cooking, going to new restaurants, making Vietnamese desserts with my grandma.

Favorite place to eat in SE Seattle: Huong Duong for Vietnamese food. Eyman’s Pizza for… well, pizza.

Hidden gem in SE Seattle: Walking along Mount Baker Boulevard from Franklin High School to Lake Washington.

What does community engagement mean to you: Community Engagement means to build lasting and mutually respectful relationships. A willingness to be vulnerable and to learn.

What do you do at the Commons: As the administrative assistant, I process all space requests, help to coordinate events and programs at the Commons, and manage the facility.


Redeite Moges (“Redi”), student staff

Education: I am a senior at the School of Social Work – University of Washington Seattle. I plan on pursuing my Master’s of Social Work in the upcoming year.

Hobbies: I love spending time and trying delicious cuisines with my friends and family. 

Favorite place to eat in SE Seattle: Emerald City Fish and Chips is my go to spot for a delicious food. Salmon fish and chips is one of the best. Molly Moons in Columbia City has the best Salted Caramel Ice Cream.

Hidden gem in SE Seattle: I have not tried this place specifically but I heard Lil Red has the best BBQ in Seattle.

What does community engagement mean to you: Community engagement to me is people or organizations with different backgrounds coming together to partner with one another in the hopes of creating a safe place (space) that is both inclusive and beneficial to the community.

What are you excited about working at the Commons: I am really excited about engaging and partnering with the southeast Seattle community. I think this is a great opportunity to learn from one another in one of Seattle’s most diverse neighborhoods.


Qiyi Wu, student staff

Education: UW design student

Hobbies: Photography, Drawing, DIY, listening to music, going to cat cafés.

Favorite place to eat in SE Seattle: Greenleaf

Hidden gem in SE Seattle: Ezell’s

What does community engagement mean to you: For me, community engagement means engaging everyone on being open-minded, accepting and respectful towards people and culture that are different from yours.

What excites you about working at the Commons: I’m excited to meet new people as well as helping to create the bridge between my university and the community I grew up in.


Marleisha Cox, MSW Intern

Education: Bachelors of Arts in Social Work; MSW student at the University of Washington

Hobbies: Love playing, watching, and talking about basketball. Love to stay active!

Favorite place to eat in SE Seattle: Taco Street

Hidden gem in SE Seattle: I love community centers in South east Seattle; all of them create positive environments for youth in the south Seattle area

What does community engagement mean to you: Community Engagement is immersing yourself into the culture, values and history of communities to foster authentic relationships and growth pathways.

What excites you about working at the Commons: I am excited to learn about organizations in the community that support youth of color in education!


Ivan Che, ECO student

Education: Senior at the University of Washington pursuing a degree in Education, Communities, and Organizations & Sociology

Hobbies: Trying out new bubble tea shops and taking my dogs on walks.

Favorite place to eat in SE Seattle: One Pot

Hidden gem in SE Seattle: Young Tea

What does community engagement mean to you: Community engagement to me means people being able to come together and feel accepted around one another despite differences in their backgrounds and views.

What excites you about working at the Commons: I am excited for the opportunity to see the community grow in the area that I grew up in.