Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership

2018 Presenters

2018 Spring Celebration presenters are separated by event section and listed in alphabetical order (by last name).

Breakout Sessions

room numbers indicated in pulldown menus

Digital Storytelling and Global Citizenship

in HUB 250

Yidi An
Johnna Regan Bollesen
Angie Chau
Xiaohan Chen
Yolanda Chen
Lainey Christofferson
Jianping Deng
Xinyue Dong
Rebekah Fonden
Alice Guo
Smakshee Rikin Gurwara
Hangyu He
Xiaoqian Jiang
Marina Kong
Hiu Ching Lee
Yue Liu
Yuhan Liu
Zhiang Liu
Teva Montaron
Kai Mukai
Riku Murade
Arnav Nath
Hanna Palmer
Katie Pekarske
Yi Qian
Haoxi Ran
Chiantee Rpsete
Adrianne Stowe
Mari Sugita
Yu Tsuchiya
Victoria Tyron
Phi Ann Vu
Danielle Wang
Jiarui Wu
Ian Xiao
Seung Hun Yeum
Shujie Yin
Maggie Yuan
Francisco Zavala
Dingyuan Zhang
Jiarui Zhang

Ellis Civic Fellowship Capstone

in HUB 214

Feben Gebremichael, Business Administration
Kyesha Pringle, Medical Anthropology and English

Exploring Internships in the Social Sciences: Story Share and Panel Discussion

in HUB 145

Story Share, Session I: 2:00-2:50p.m.

Catherine Kato, Geography: Waste Management Northwest
Katie Mcconville, Law, Societies & Justice: Justice Involved Solutions
Laura Seniow, Geography: Puget Sound Energy, City of Bainbridge Island
Laura Anuakpado, History: King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics


Story Share, Session II: 3:00-3:50p.m.

Jane Park, History: PeaceTrees Vietnam
Channing Reeves, Law, Societies & Justice: D.C. Corrections Information Council
Amalia De La Iglesia, Psychology: Seattle Children’s Hospital Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit
Fei Yu, Psychology: Crisis Text Line


Ask Me Anything Panel Discussion; 4:00-5:00p.m.

Cleone Abrams, History, Intern at Seattle Art Museum
Julian Barr, Undergraduate Advisor, UW Department of Geography
Jamie Lee, English and Print Making ’01 Social Work and Public Affairs ’11; Director of Community Initiatives, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority
Rayna Mathis, History ’16, Coordinator of School & Educator Programs at Seattle Art Museum

Husky Leadership Portfolios

all in the HUB Ballroom


Cierra Brandi Apolonio
Hakikat Bains
Kara Bretschneider
Zian Chen
Maggie Clarke
Nathalie Cruz
Asma Dakhil
Joshua Dawson
Hope DeMint
Richard Dumo
Harrison Hiraki
Brianna Jones
Vivian Lappenbusch
Stephanie Le
Yeh-Eun Lee
Ahrif McKee
Yarid Mera
Amanda Moyer
Christina Nguyen
Hillary Pham
Sierra M Simmerman
Ivyanne Smith
Cecilia Tran
Aman Sandhur
Apichaya Sangiamputtakoon
Saralyn Santos
Hannah Wilson
Jonathan Yee


Alex Capi
Crystal Chindavongsa
Nicole Davis
Mariela Galvan
Josephine Gaultier
Jasmine Graham
Anna Johnson
Nicola Kalderash
Andrew Luo
Deanna Ly
Danafe Matusalem
Yichun Miao
Mitali Palekar
Amaris Penaloza-Rayo
Jenny Phan
Lailanie Rabena
Kendra Ramsey
Kanisha Richardson
Sydney Russell
Abigaíl Sevilla
Marie-Christine Smet
Maya Sullivan
Alex Urasaki
Brittany Wu
Jie Yin
Jiarun Zhang
Baljirjantsan Zoljargal

Small Group Interview

these students completed their Husky Leadership Portfolio process earlier this month

Faridah Abdullah
Asha Abdulle
Alena Ahren
Abigail Anderson
Kimberly M Aubert
Azal Bahadory
Avidant Bhagat
Daniella Brengelmann
Emily Cameron
Kerry Carmena
Kin Long Chan
Angie Chau
Yu Ting Chen
Carol Cheng
Yong-Hsiang Cheng
Jenny Chung
Sasha Cordier
Eric Dimitrovich
Donavan Martin Erickson
Yifan Fu
Gia Angelica Go
Myrella González
Bo Goodrich
Chelsea Graves
Connie He
Yasmine Hejazi
Brian Honaker-Coe
Rick Huang
Tigger Huisinga
Sam Huynh
Kain Ip
Emily Jones
Cassandra Justesen
Maura Kilpatrick
Sejin Kim
Forrest Kwong
Timothy Lantin
Eunsol Lee
Marisa Leong
Jiaxian Liu
Xuanxuan Liu
Fatima Manzer
Rungpatch Nethnapat
Madelena Ngo
Hiep Nguyen
Vivian Oguejiofor
Naresh Oli
Natalie Pearlman
Nicholas Peda
Chester Pham
Madison Prentiss
Tim Prusa
Tongtong Qu
Clarita Reyes
Mallory Richey
Khagindra Rijal
Kassie Schwartz
Samantha Solis
Hannah Stevens
Abril Talledo
Yujun Tang
Siena Traverso
Wingo Tse
Andrew Vo
Mackenzie Warfield
Eugenia Yang
Shuning Yu

Poster Presentations

all in the HUB Ballroom

Asha Abdulle

Legal Outreach for the Immigrant and Refugee Community

Table or Easel #: 51

I am working at the Unemployment Law Project, which provides low-cost legal services to people who have been denied benefits. My project will focus on how to reach out to immigrant/refugee communities to increase awareness around legal services. I will also provide information about the importance of legal literacy for disadvantaged populations.

Linda Achelpohl

Crossing Boundaries- Multimedia Transformation of Performing Arts

Table or Easel #: 110

Katherine Carlisle Adams

Empowerment over Impairment In collaboration with the Disability Resources for Students office, D Center, and Student Disability Commission.

Table or Easel #: 38

We hope to build community, strengthen self-advocacy, and introduce unique leadership styles within the impaired community. We planned an event for impaired students across campuses, including those from community and technical colleges, in the area to reflect on experiences and share effective leadership styles tailored to their unique impairment. Personally, this provides an opportunity to spread the experience of finding and strengthening community, just as getting involved in leadership offered me a community. Group Members: Nicholas Chindavongsa

Atharva Agashe

Environmental Alternative Spring Break

Table or Easel #: 14

Ruweida Ahmed

Youth Tutoring Program- Rainier Vista

Table or Easel #: 111

My community based participation is with the youth tutoring program in Rainier Vista. My focus project is on increasing parents’ engagement with their child’s education. I tutor and help assist students in achieving their educational goals such as: increasing their reading level, strengthening their math and compression skills and grow their confidence. I enjoyed working with my students in helping them achieve their goals. I enjoyed seeing my students increase their reading level and understand math concepts after multiple attempts.

Kemi Akinlosotu

Vlogging for a Cause For our leadership practice

Table or Easel #: 65

We explored different ways that individuals and groups donate their time – documenting each experience in the form of a video blog. We interviewed regular members of each organization to hear why they do what they do. From things like a Horse Farm in Monroe, to the Seattle Musical Theater, and Garden Stewards, we explored our interests and also things outside our comfort zone. From this experience, we have improved our interpersonal skills especially with people we’ve never met, and in an environment that we not familiar with. We were also able to explore the creative arts in forming this vlog and putting all the pieces together. To our community, it will be an opportunity to lend a helping hand in activities that mean so much to certain people. Group Members: Kristen Marie Hewson

Sumaya Ali


Table or Easel #: 5

I participated as an AmeriCorps member in an award-winning network of volunteers who provide individualized attention and positive adult-child relationships to prepare children attending preschool in low-income neighborhoods for school success.Throughout the program I implemented early childhood curriculum, supported family involvement, promoted children’s language and literacy skills through ongoing relationships with preschool children and I served as a partner to increase adult support in the learning environment. I collaborated with a team of Corps members to plan twice weekly in classroom activities for preschool children. I received intensive training and professional development in early childhood theory and practice,language and literacy development, leadership skills, and communication with families.

Nik Anderson

Environmental Alternative Spring Break

Table or Easel #: 14 

Sriram Annapurni

Promoting Resilience and Wellness in UW Bioengineering

Table or Easel #: 74

Sometimes healthy habits and a focus on wellness can get lost in the numbers. Undergraduate bioengineers at the University of Washington expressed that mental health and wellness were not adequately addressed in the department and that student culture prioritized high achievement over resilience. In a coordinated effort with the departmental administration and the UW Biomedical Engineering Society, I took steps to promote resilience and wellness among students by curating mental-health focused programming, establishing a wellness student leadership position in the department, and creating a BioE Resilience Project which features stories of resilience from faculty, staff, and students.

Andrea Argueta

Corazon Latino

Table or Easel #: 1

My Leadership Practice presentation will consist of essays that I have written this past year about my past and what it means to grow up Hispanic, majorly Guatemalan. I will be presenting these essays to my peers and loved ones. I plan to demonstrate photos from the event and from the country itself during my presentation with the goal to educate others about my culture. This will help prevent my community from being “brainwashed” by the misleading information that is circulated by the media about Guatemala and Latinos. Personally, it brings emotions that I never knew would be triggered by writing these essays. Through my writing, I have been able to fully let sink in the events of my life. Now I can use this opportunity to practice using my voice in a public setting.

Alex Argyle

Building a Personal Portfolio Website From Scratch

Table or Easel #: 2

I challenged myself to build a portfolio website without the help of any websites that let you work off templates. I wanted to limit myself to only using code. By using the help of others, and researching resources online, I was able to learn new programming skills and create a product I am proud to display to friends, and potential employers.

Erika Arias

Strengthening Partnerships: King County Latino Community Empowerment

Table or Easel #: 84

Through my work at the Latino Community Fund (LCF), I have been able to contribute to the fortification of LCF’s networks. I attended Latino Legislative Day in Olympia, WA to advocate for automatic voter registration and familiarized myself with issues surrounding the Latino community here in King County. I was assigned to work with the housing policy that is where a a large portion of the Latino population in Seattle reside. While there, I partnered with SPIARC (South Park Information and Resource Center) and attended community talks where residents could voice their opinions. I then compiled notes from the meetings (in Spanish and English) and listed common concerns within the neighborhood. I created brochures in Spanish that listed bills I learned about at Latino Legislative Day that addressed some of the concerns and issues brought up at the meetings. They could then be distributed throughout the South Park community.

Afomia Assefa

Access to Higher Education and Mentorship

Table or Easel #: 6

I will be presenting on my experiences as a Dream Project Mentor and currently as a mentor in making connections. I will be using these experiences to talk about the mentorship I practice in my life towards my siblings in hopes of connecting the role black girls have in their families and also outside the home. My presentation will also aim to engage others on what service looks like outside of the organization you are volunteering with. I will also explore themes of doing service to your community and “what serving the other” might look like when working with students of color towards helping them access higher education.

Mary Bahadori Nejad

Failure and Growth

I’m signing up for being a part of UWL. My leadership practice is centered around personal growth. For the past few years of my life, I have been faced with great adversity, each year different and more challenging than another. Ever since being on the UW campus, I have started to view my expectations, my view on failure and achievements, as well as my value of my inter-personal relationships differently! That encouraged me to try to live a more meaningful life. Meaning, challenge myself to do things I wouldn’t normally do–either because I don’t have time, or feel insecure in. I have been challenging myself daily or weekly, and encourage myself to take on doing things that will farther deepen my understanding of not only myself, but the world I choose to, or, live in.

Julia Bauman

Neuroscience for Everyone

Table or Easel #: 61

“Neuroscience for Everyone” is a new, quarterly event series put on by the Neurobiology Club at UW. For each event, we choose a neuroscience-related topic of importance and interest to the public – for example, this year we have discussed artificial intelligence, Alzheimer’s disease, and opioid addiction. We invite two speakers, usually with slightly different perspectives on the issue, to have a live conversation about the topic while answering questions from the audience. Attendees of Neuroscience for Everyone have said that they find the events fascinating and informative; people leave with a better grasp of the topic of focus than they had coming in. As vice president of Neurobiology Club, I am serving as the founder and lead organizer of this event series. This has been an amazing leadership experience for me. Throughout the event development process, I have seen my skills in teamwork, reflection, and organization grow tremendously.

Lizzie Bensussen

Physical Therapy Internship

Table or Easel #: 68

I am beginning an internship this summer at the Sports Physical Therapy clinics in Bellevue and Kirkland. This will provide me with an opportunity to take a hands-on approach to learning about the career of sports medicine and physical therapy. The special thing about this internship is that I will be assigned to certain patients that I will work with for the entire duration of the internship. Establishing these kinds of relationships will help me see what kind of impact physical therapy can have on people, which is essential to me for my future path. Personally I will gain vital experience for taking the next steps into the field.

Joseph Jalil

 The CandleLight Foundation

Table or Easel #: 1

Daniella Katia Brengelmann

UCBI Partnership with ROOTS Young Adult Shelter

Table or Easel #: 95

The work I will present will be an overview of my site including; asset map, community needs assessment, logic model, and internal policy recommendations, along with materials I have made during my internship. Some of the materials I have made are actively used in shelter or for volunteer recruitment and other material will be used to address gaps in services and ideas for future problems. This work has given me an insight to a community and public health issue I knew very little about and has given me a new perspective to consider when trying to combat the issue of homelessness. This experience has also awaken a new found passion in this issue that I will likely continue working with in my future.

Brittni Burgess

Utilizing Toy Adaptation to Teach Engineering Fundamentals and Inclusive Design

Table or Easel #: 14

Working with a local middle school classroom to teach engineering fundamentals through hands-on toy adaptation. Through this work I have had the opportunity to work directly with students to teach them what engineering is, why one may pursue it, and provided them with hands-on workshops that teach engineering fundamentals while simultaneously increasing the students understanding of diversity. Toy adaptation has informed our community about universal design, the diverse field of engineering, and this work has directly impacted local families, as the toys were donated to a local non-profit organization. Through this project I have not only grown professionally, learning how to develop an effective teaching plan and communicating with a wide audience of people, but have refined my leadership skills. Through this work I have learned how to envision the outcomes and purpose of my work, realized the importance of situational leadership, and gained experience providing others with growth opportunities.

Brittni Burgess

Mary Gates Leadership

Table or Easel #: 54
Utilizing Toy Adaptation to Teach Engineering Fundamentals and Inclusive Design

Table or Easel #: 2

Matthew Jason Canin

ASUW Elections, Volunteer Coordinator

Table or Easel #: 95

I will be working with a team of student volunteers and ASUW candidates to encourage conversations about key issues facing UW and its students. I will also be spreading awareness about student government elections and asking students to participate. As a volunteer coordinator, I will be managing other volunteers, helping them prepare for tabling and social media campaigning. I hope to make the UW student body more informed about issues potentially affecting them and the candidates running for student government positions. I have never helped run a campaign or promoted an issue in a public space, so I believe this position will give me useful experience in reaching out to people and advocating for problems that matter to me. This position will also improve my public speaking, coordinating, and time management skills, as well as my confidence. Group Members: Espen Scheuer

TJ Cha


Table or Easel #: 77

I am doing two things for my project. First of all I will support changes on the website, such as links to resources and apps that could help prepare clients for the Civics and English part of the bio-metric test. Secondly, I will be making a brief orientation about Citizenship Day/Clinics and what the clients are expected to do for Citizenship Day/Clinics. This work that I am doing will hopefully make getting citizenship more convenient and lessen the stress burden upon clients who have Legal permanent residency, who want to become citizens. This work has given me insight to how complicated and stressful obtaining a citizenship could be.

Jessica Chandler

Growing Toward a Sustainable Future at 21 Acres

Table or Easel #: 3

My work at 21 Acres has been centered in growing a community knowledge base around sustainable and small space gardening. The mission was to explore how to make growing healthy food sustainable and equitable. The growing spaces are coming alive and with it they are telling a visual story about 21 Acres and the work they do to make local communities healthier and more resilient. In this experience I have learned more about my professional self and the potential for a job to reflect my personal values. My time at 21 Acres has been formative and the knowledge I have learned about sustainability, horticulture, and professionalism will follow me into my future career.

Sophie Chey Chey

Connector Program

Table or Easel #: 28

For my focus project, I have been working on the connector program. Currently, I am interning for Global to Local as a community engagement intern— We created this program because we see a need for civic engagement within the communities of Tukwila and Burien. The connector program aims to build community leaders to participant in decision making processes that effects their particular community. I have designed the “Hiring” poster, assisting in the application review, the interview process, and the orientation process. I think this work is very important—to provide spaces and voices for each community to negotiate for what is best for them.

Lessa Joy Chiaraluce

Planning Recognition Events

Table or Easel #: 69

I’m currently in the process of planning an event honoring the hard work of the mentor team in the ASUW program UW Leaders. Mentors put in a ton of time into building a personable mentorship with their Leaders in addition to hosting workshops on a weekly basis. There’s never been an event recognizing the mentors, since much of the focus is on the Leaders (incoming students). I hope this event will make them feel as valued as they truly are by others in the program.

Nick Chindavongsa

Empowerment over Impairment

Table or Easel #: 38

UWL Leadership Practice: My Unprecedented Week

Table or Easel #: 97

My Unprecedented Week In my practice, I will be taking a week of trying things that I have never done before. Some will be personal for myself, and some will be giving back to the community through service. Each day will have a particular event. I’ve chosen this practice because I realized that our time is limited in life, and sometimes you may not have the opportunities to do some of the things you want to do because of your age or some other kind of obstacle. It’s imperative that you take action on what you want to do before that opportunity is gone

Stephen Chmelewski

A One-year Course on Public Service

Table or Easel #: 4

I have served as an intern in two different government offices since September of last year. These have both been great experiences for a Political Science student such as myself. My reason for doing these internships were two-fold. The first was to gain valuable insights in a non-classroom setting about government. The second was to try to make some difference (regardless of how small it may be) during this particular political moment. Being cynical or pessimistic about our national political landscape can be easy, but both of these experiences showed me how much good can be done by our leaders. Perhaps the most meaningful part of these internships, however, was getting the chance to help constituents connect with and receive help from their government.

Enoch Chung

Addressing Healthcare Disparity Through Videos

Table or Easel #: 7

Miscommunications between patients and physicians due to a language barrier is a widespread problem in healthcare. Up to 75% of the Chinese-American population have limited English proficiency. Patients with limited English proficiencies are also found to be three times more likely to experience improper medical practices. I partnered with the Washington Association of Chinese American Physicians (WACAP) to create patient education videos with physicians lecturing in Mandarin to improve health literacy in the Chinese-American community. These videos have alleviated the role of the language barrier in dividing access to health information. As a leadership project, this experience allowed me to further develop my mentorship philosophy. I mentored a group of middle and high school students in collaborating with physicians to create these videos. Leadership, to me, means dedication to others and assisting other people in achieving their goals. It starts with meeting people where they are.

Stefana Ciustea

 Alternative Spring Break STEM Program

Table or Easel #: 57 

Baylee Ann Corey

Treehouse Caregiver Resource Guide

Table or Easel #: 92

Treehouse is a non profit organization that provides services to help improve the lives of foster children in Washington state. As the Community Outreach Intern I have taken on the task of further developing the Caregiver Resource Guide. This guide offers people in the Treehouse community a single place where they can find free and low-cost activities going on in their local communities, as well as resources for support. This has helped the community by providing caregivers with an extensive list of community activities and services for their foster children. This work has personally impacted me because I have been able to learn about all the amazing things happening in my own local community as well as help make the lives of caregivers a little easier and the lives foster children a little better.

Annie Cornstock

 UW Jumpstart at Denise Louise Education Center

Table or Easel #: 101 

Kissshonna Curtis

 Ellis Fellows Involvement.

Table or Easel #: 72 

San Dehan

 Book Reading

Table or Easel #: 113 

Sydney Elizabeth Dahiyat


Table or Easel #: 13

I hope to present a blog of how, as an out of state student, I found balance in my academic, personal, and social life. Recently, I’ve found it really hard to find balance in my life while also missing home. One of the most important aspects of being a leader is being able to lead. If I don’t feel healthy, I cannot effectively lead others or inspire others. I’ve found a love for journaling that I want to express in the form of a blog that could possible help other students. I also have been trying out meditation, and I want to present what I’ve found changed in my attitude/mental state because of meditating for a month. Additionally, I have been setting goals for my health by cutting out refined sugars in my diet, as I am interested in if there is a correlation, personally, between what I’m eating and how I feel mentally.

Leshawn Dandridge

Healthy Meal Prep For Aging Populations

Table or Easel #: 43

Jonathan Delcid Delcid

Mentorship, Representation, and Educational Inequities in Seattle

Table or Easel #: 59

I have been involved in the UW Dream Project since my Junior year of High School. Starting off as a mentee, I have since mentored at my alma mater, as well as taken on various leadership positions. The UW Dream Project is a mentorship program that pairs UW students with high school students to support their post-secondary plans. As a male of color, specifically Latino, I believe my work within the Dream Project has been impactful to a community that is not well represented in higher education. As a mentor, leader, and educator, I have been able to provide resources and advice through my own story of navigating higher education. My experiences have allowed me to learn more about educational equities in the education system thus influencing my own career pathways. I have found my passion in becoming an educator through working with students.

Chiara DeSantis Desantis

The CandleLight Foundation

Table or Easel #: 1

The CandleLight Foundation provides free, preventative medical care to the homeless population in the greater Seattle area, with an emphasis in Pioneer Square. We help this community learn long-term healthcare skills, such as the proper ways to manage and care for their acute diseases, instead of simply providing aid in the moment. The majority of these individuals do not receive medical treatment while on the streets, so we provide Wound Care Kits which contain: materials to help basic injuries, socks, toothbrush, floss, hand sanitizer, and tips for staying healthy. This work has impacted the homeless population greatly, but even more so, us. Through our organization, we have learned the importance of giving back to the community, especially those in most need of help. The amount of love and joy expressed from these people is something that money just cannot buy. Group Members: Joseph Jalil Bigham, Chukwuma Onyinyechi Okereke, Mohammed Mushtak Talib

Kayla Devine

Leadership through Athletics

Table or Easel #: 50

For the last few months, I have had the opportunity to work as a volunteer coach for the Roosevelt High School Track team. In this role, I have been able to give back to our community and further develop my leadership skills. In addition to the personal growth I get from coaching, I feel I’ve made a positive impact on the lives of many of my runners by teaching them different skills that apply not only to running, but also apply in other areas of their lives. Initially, I simply wanted to make an impact on each of their high school athletic careers, but I quickly learned how by serving as a coach I am able to shape so many different aspects of their lives. I am excited to present at this years’ Service and Leadership Celebration to share my story and show people how valuable service can be!

Alejandro Diaz

Alternative Spring Break STEM Program

Table or Easel #: 57

In March 2018, four groups of UW students worked at four secondary sites in the Yakima Valley: White Swan High School, Yakama Nation Tribal School, Campbell Farm, and Granger High School. The curriculum they taught ranged from design-thinking, to electrical engineering, to the physics of flight, to ecosystem analysis. Two science cohorts, one at Yakama Nation Tribal School and the other at White Swan High School, also conducted an exciting event when, in partnership with the UW NASA Space Grant office, they launched high altitude balloons into the atmosphere! High altitude balloons can reach as high as 100,000 feet, documenting their journey with cameras, and measuring aspects of the atmosphere for analysis once back on the ground. Both balloons had successful flights, and were returned both with camera footage and data regarding pressure, temperature and altitude. Students were able to apply their science knowledge to a real-life enterprise! Group Members: Stefana Ciustea, Jesse Loi, Alexandre Yang

Byron Dondoyano Jr. Dondoyano

Men of Color in Early Childhood Education

This year I have served as a team leader for Jumpstart at Denise Louie education center. Jumpstart is an Americorps program that places undergraduates in preschools that serve lower socioeconomic populations. We work to fight the opportunity gap by providing language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for students through 300 hours of service. Our site, located on Beacon Hill just down the road from where I grew up, has provided me the opportunity to directly impact my community through my time. It has allowed me to contextualize the issues and topics that I have learned in my education classes, my research, and my Law, Societies & Justice classes. It is humbling to serve in my community and has inspired me to create change. My experiences have empowered me to believe that I can make a change through concrete policies that fund and operate the preschool.

Mingzhe Dong

The Fundraising and Marketing of Non-Profit Organization

Table or Easel #: 88

I worked in Denise Louie Education Center as a development volunteer. DLEC is focusing on providing early education of children from pre-birth through pre-K. My job is to reach out to local businesses and raise fund for our annual auction, by doing so we are able to close the fund gap for the organization and help it run efficiently. During the time I not only contact our existed partners but also add new contacts, I learned the way of communicating with businesses, and the technics in marketing for NGOs, which expanded my vision and let me help the organization more and more efficiently.

Jassey Ebrima

UWL Leadership Practice. Animated Short: What do you want to be?

Jassey Ebrima

UWL Leadership Practice. Animated Short: What do you want to be?

Table or Easel #: 98

Sam Eden

Neighborhood House Volunteer

Table or Easel #: 60

This Spring Quarter, I have been volunteering with the Neighborhood House. They are a social service agency in the Seattle area that offer a wide variety of resources to immigrant, refugee, and low-income families to ensure a healthy and self-sufficient life. I have been volunteering weekly with their preschool program at the Epstein Opportunity Center, and am currently working on a project with them to share information to parents about nutrition and child brain development to ensure that the students are receiving a healthy diet they need to grow and develop. I have made a difference to this community by offering support to these young students, who come from immigrant, refugee, and low-income families, and help them develop and prepare them for further education. This work has impacted me personally because I have been able to engage with and understand different cultures around Seattle and learn how resources can be equitable and accessible for all communities.

Nafiso Egal

Biomedical research and Mentors in Sciences

Table or Easel #: 105

Faaumu Elsea

Sāmoan Communities: Towards Dialogue on Social Justice

Table or Easel #: 79

Sāmoan communities continue to be impacted by issues of economic opportunity, education, politics, representation and gender. Using the talanoa (talk) methodology, I researched how local communities in American Sāmoa engage in dialogue on social justice issues. Findings suggest Fa’asamoa (the Sāmoan way) and Sāmoan social structures heavily influence how and when dialogue occurs. This presents opportunities to study how social justice conversations can occur within the dynamics and norms of Sāmoan culture. The relationships I made, and conversations I had with local Sāmoans pave the way for community participatory research on social justice in the Pacific Islands.

Alondra Espinoza

2018 Neah Bay Pipeline Project: “Telling Our Stories, Imagining Our Futures”

Table or Easel #: 114

Hunter Francia


Table or Easel #: 5

Frantz David

Cathartic Intentions

Table or Easel #: 23

Sam Fredman

Young Adult Service Provisions and Complications in the UDistrict

Table or Easel #: 108

The Doorway Project is a UW initiative that intends to provide resources and community to young adults experiencing homelessness in the U-District through a navigational center/cafe. Over the course of 9 months, I will be conducting qualitative interviews with young adults experiencing homelessness, planning and executing quarterly events, and consolidating existing resources for the target population. As this is also a part of the Carlson Center’s Community Based Internship program, I am expected to focus on expanding upon connection, community, and equity. In this presentation, we will be presenting the current resources available to unstably housed young adults, through both intentional and unintentional service providers. This will include a timeline of service provision, the times, places, and spaces people can access, and the gaps that exist due to socioeconomic marginality.

Fua Sevi

2018 Neah Bay Pipeline Project: “Telling Our Stories, Imagining Our Futures”

Table or Easel #: 114

Lisa Fujii

Volunteering at Roots Homeless Shelter Changed My View

Table or Easel #: 100

I work at Roots Young Adult Shelter as a breakfast volunteer. I make and serve breakfast with other volunteers from 6:15 to 7:30. The experience at Roots changed my view of homeless people. Since I had rarely seen homeless people in my hometown, Tokyo, especially those who are seriously in need, I was very shocked to see them in Seattle for the first time. Every time I saw them, I thought I had to be careful not to get close. However, through volunteering at Roots, I learned that they are indeed very friendly and respectful. If it had not been for this service-learning experience, I could not have had an opportunity to interact with homeless people. It taught me what is important is to have experiences in order to understand something, not to guess how it is.

Rachel Gerstenfeld

Mary Gates Leadership

Table or Easel #: 55

Ashley G. Guerrero Campos

Casa Latina Community Bulletin Board

Table or Easel #: 22

We wanted to allow a flow of resources into our community space that will be useful and relevant to the members served. It was a collective effort made by staff and community members. Just as many of the projects at Casa Latina. The center is run by volunteers, staff members, and community members towards a collective effort to continue persevering despite the many obstacles they face. We wanted to establish or strengthen relationships between community members and staff in an effort to maximize our knowledge and continue building ourselves. As a privileged member of the Latinx community, I do not share the same experiences therefore, it was important to hear from them. “El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido”.

Nabilla Guanawan

Leading Responsibly and Innovating Sustainably at the UW and Beyond

Table or Easel #: 86

Ayantu Hajikedir

Youth Resource Fair

Table or Easel #: 108

Throughout my internship at Neighborhood House, I have been involved in planning and hosting a Youth Resource Fair which has included inviting more than 15 organizations that provide training, internship and job opportunities for youth. This event was organized with the aim of helping students discover the organizations that are in their neighborhoods. Our audiences were mostly underrepresented students from SE Seattle. Our goal was to connect these students with organizations, give them the opportunity to grow and advance themselves, and serve their community. This event has opened many doors of opportunity for youth. Personally, as an underrepresented student, I didn’t have the chance to engage in this kind of event when I was in high school in SE Seattle and I didn’t know of many events designated for youth.

Dureti A Hajikedir

Educating the Horn: College Prep Workshop

Table or Easel #: 34

During my internship at East African Community Services (EACS), I designed a workshop for high school students. This workshop is meant to help high school students gain insight into college. Our participants are mainly students of color. College can be challenging and when you’re a minority it can be even more overwhelming. My goal in this workshop was to point out some of the resources on campus that are geared toward helping underrepresented students. Furthermore, I talked about my experience as a first-generation student at UW and some tips on how to deal with classes and life in general in college. Students will benefit from this workshop because they have the opportunity to hear from college students about their experiences, network with current and former college students. Likewise, making this workshop helped me to give back to my community by helping the youth learn about college.

Madison Meoshaa Hall Lambert

Ellis Fellows Involvement.

Table or Easel #: 72

We are the Ellis Civic Fellows of the Class of 2021. We will be presenting about the work in which we have contributed to, while being apart of the UW Seattle community. Our mission is to give back, in ways we can cultivate constructive and fulfilling results. Group Members: Kiss’shonna Curtis, Mariama Sidibe

Harrison Hiraki

Mary Gates Leadership

Table or Easel #: 56

Irene Harun


Table or Easel #: 3

This project allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and also put my passion into action. Unlike what you normally see amongst YouTubers, I decided to do a variety of videos that helped me balance both seriousness and fun. This included vlogs, tutorials, discussing about issues that I felt that needed to be addressed, and emphasizing to viewers that I am very open to communication (they can reach out to me for advice, to rant, or even just to talk – anything goes). This project really helped me open my mind to how complex everything really is. It opened my mind to so much; the many things that we can appreciate in the world and the many ways we can help people.

Kristen Hewson

Vlogging for a Cause

Table or Easel #: 65

For our project, we explored several different ways that individuals and groups may donate their time – documenting each experience in the form of a video blog. We also interviewed regular members of each volunteer organization to hear why they do what they do.

Chelsey Huang

Enhancing After-Screening Experience

Table or Easel #: 36

This project is designed to improve the experience for parents who complete the development screenings with Parent Trust. It contains two parts. The first part is creating a system to track families that Parent Trust are losing. Some children haven’t come back to their next screening. This tracking system allows Parent Trust to keep in touch with families and send them reminders to come to their next screenings. The second part is to make brochures which contain information about early intervention and Child Find. This brochure will provide parents a general idea of early intervention process and will be given to parents after the screener has made a referral. It will inform parents about what to expect in terms of the screening process, receiving results, eligibility, and costs. This experience allows me to my practice and develop my research skills, including how I gather and organize data.

Eddy Huang Huang

Together we can

Table or Easel #: 91

I’ll present my plan to write a book about how to bring people together based on my primary research and working with faculties at policy making school during the summer. My plan is to interview people from different backgrounds about what shaped their political views, and use my skills as a Human Centered Designer to understand their concerns. After that I will create personas for them, helping the audience understand what they have been going through. I hope that this discovery process can help me find out the root problem that cause the deep divide in American Society, and how we can bring people together by listening to one another and understand where they’re coming from, instead of putting them into opposing sides.

Claire Hutchinson

Reaching Out: Increasing Awareness of the Pike Market Senior Center

Table or Easel #: 76

The Pike Market Senior Center is an organization that is part of the Seattle downtown community and the Pike Place Market. However, before my internship began, staff had found that many farmers and artisans working in the Market didn’t know much about the Senior Center. For my internship, I conducted a survey to analyze current knowledge of the Senior Center, and then organized outreach tabling events in Pike Place Market. My work has helped by increasing the knowledge, participation, and support of the neighboring organizations towards the Senior Center. My work has also enabled me, personally, to learn about one of Seattle’s most iconic sites, to gain understanding of the complex issues surrounding homelessness, and to develop professional skills of communication and organization. All of this was made possible with the support of my lovely mentor, Zoë Freeman.

Julia Jannon-Shields


Table or Easel #: 75

For my UW Leaders leadership practice, I’m exploring the impact of growing up biracial in America. This has definitely shaped who I am and I’m excited to have insight on how it’s impacted others. I’m going to be presenting information gathered from interviews with other biracial students. These interviews will be more personal and incorporate creative elements, allowing them to reflect or just express themselves. From all that I gather from these interactions, I’m going to present the information in an artistic manner and briefly discuss research on those who are biracial; how individuals who are biracial are changing the world we live in, not only in terms of demographics.

Nathan Jarvis

Literacy Source Community Based Internship

Table or Easel #: 53

At Literacy Source I help instruct and tutor adult learners in English literacy and citizenship preparation. Literacy Source provides free classes to low-income adults in Seattle. Basic literacy skills are needed for school, finding a job, and are essential to achieving individualized goals. Helping students achieve literacy objectives and reach their goals not only empowers individuals but increases community engagement as a whole. I have learned the importance of engaging in my local community and the intrinsic benefit of taking the time to perform volunteer work. My experiences also taught me how to actively listen to people in order to best help others address their individual needs rather than assuming to know the needs of different people in my community.

Natalie Kemler

2018 Neah Bay Pipeline Project: “Telling Our Stories, Imagining Our Futures”

Table or Easel #: 114

Jillian Kessell

Licton Springs K-8 Service-Learning

Table or Easel #: 52

Throughout my undergraduate degree, I have been service-learning at Licton Springs K-8, a small alternative school that focuses on connecting children’s learning to the real-world environment and emphasizes Native curriculum. Through my service, I have built positive relationships with the children, families, and school partners. I volunteer through the Pipeline Project, which provides support to public schools to transform student learning experiences and address inequities in education. As a consistent mentor, I became involved in the close-knit school community while applying my UW course content through real and meaningful experiences. I have supported kindergarten students for three years at the school, each who has their own characteristics and needs. This mentorship enabled the children I worked with to strengthen their emotional, physical and cognitive development. Volunteering has solidified my aspiration to become a kindergarten teacher.

Anna Margot Kessler

Wheels of Fortune 2018- Women’s Skateboard Showcase

Table or Easel #: 103

My project will be focused around my work at my host site’s (Skate Like a Girl) annual women’s skateboard showcase weekend. A women’s skateboard showcase strengthens the community by including people of all ages, genders, sexualities, etc. in the competition showing people that everyone and anyone can skate! Watching women of all ages and abilities participating in a male dominated sport is quite powerful. To prepare I have, • Contacted sponsors, athletes, and numerous businesses about donation request • Translated flyers and waivers into Spanish for athletes here and abroad • managed social media on promoting the event and inviting athletes to participate • used my newly learned knowledge of Excel to create and work on documents At the event I will, • coordinate volunteer schedule and responsibilities • help check in athletes who speak Spanish to make them feel more welcome • cover all social media for the competition on Sunday

Amodini Khade

Startup Culture

Table or Easel #: 83

I have always been fascinated by the startup world and its potential in advancing humanity. To further my interest in entrepreneurship, I joined a RSO- Startup UW. Since spring this year, I got selected to be the freshman representative for the club. Since I did not get as much exposure to the startup space as I would have liked during high school, I proposed an idea to put up an event solely for high school students. The event would take place on May 19th on the UW campus. It would involve high schoolers in a pitching challenge and provide them with an opportunity to network with our guest speaker and other startup UW team members who are all heavily involved in the startup space. I will consider a job well done if the event piques the students interest in startups and connects them with resources to develop their interests .

Rebeka Khaiehpour

Women in…

Table or Easel #: 104

Kim Mai

UW Jumpstart at Denise Louise Education Center

Table or Easel #: 101

Megan Kimitsuka

Outreach and Volunteer Engagement at Bloodworks NW

Table or Easel #: 62

Bloodworks Northwest is a nonprofit that serves as a local blood donation center. The organization relies heavily on volunteers to ensure a constant blood supply for hospitals throughout the Pacific Northwest. As an intern with the volunteer services department, I have been researching methods of meaningful engagement with younger people in the community to encourage volunteerism and blood donation. I identified one method through the creation of a new volunteer role: the social media and communications manager. This position will appeal to younger volunteers and work to increase community awareness of the organization’s great work. A consistent blood supply is a critical public health issue as one in three people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime. This project has personally impacted me by transforming my understanding of volunteering. In the past year, volunteers contributed over 90,000 hours to the organization, creating an incalculable impact with Bloodworks and the community.

Kellan J Kinney

E-Bike Delivery Program

Table or Easel #: 33

I am the student project leader for UW Mailing Services E-bike mail delivery program. We have spearheaded the transition from using delivery trucks to electronic assist bicycles for mail delivery. As the student project leader I’m responsible for assuring all the promised criteria for the project are met. That includes writing and distributing press releases, educating the campus community through our graphic design and media campaign, and much more. Our goal is to make UW the first large university in the nation to address the issue of energy consumption reduction and climate change in mail services, by creating an E-Bicycle Mail & Package Delivery Program. This project has allowed me to align my personal and professional passions while expanding my network with the campus community. I’ve been given control of design, data analytics, customer outreach, content writing, and much more. All of which have strengthened and sharpened my leadership skills.

Cecilia Knaub

Seattle and Civic Engagement Through UCBI

Table or Easel #: 80

I worked with Seattle CityClub on a number of initiatives to serve as a non-partisan platform for civic discussions. I wrote and conducted listening sessions with local leaders to better understand their needs from a civic organization. I also helped expand the WA State Debate Coalition that will cover 2018 midterm elections this fall.

Sanjay Kubsad

Closing the Kindergarten Readiness Gap at El Centro

Table or Easel #: 15

We are in Jumpstart, an AmeriCorps funded program that matches us with Seattle preschoolers at El Centro de la Raza’s Jose Marti Child Development Center. In a typical Jumpstart session, we partner with the classroom teachers to provide children with a consistent routine, low adult-to-child ratios, and positive, meaningful interactions with adults. We implement an early childhood curriculum centered around oral language, book and phonological awareness skills. The curriculum also provides a balance of child-initiated and adult-guided learning opportunities. All of these factors contribute to the progress a child makes towards lifelong success in school and beyond. Our team consists of UW students from diverse academic background and intended career paths, but we all benefit from the leadership experience that working at El Centro provides, along with a sense that we have made meaningful connections in our local community. Group Members: Monica Gabriela Nobbay, Monica Vera

Manisha Kumari

Serving Children

Table or Easel #: 73

Brian Kuranishi

Through the Lens

Table or Easel #: 4

My leadership practice, Through the Lens, focuses on the visual and collaborative aspects that happened behind the scenes of various projects throughout the year. In the past few months, I have directed and put together a promotional video for a benefit concert in support of HIV/AIDs patients, mentored another leader from the UW leaders program on the art of producing and editing video-based content, and documented an ongoing positivity project in collaboration with other leaders. As a result, this project has allowed for me to expand my horizons in my content creation as a videographer, but it has also allowed for me to create long lasting friendships with those I collaborated with.

Vanessa Lam

What does being an American mean?

Table or Easel #: 102

I made a medium and explored the question of what being an American means through the experiences of my parents who immigrated to the US from Vietnam. The purpose of this medium is to spread greater dialogue about the experiences that shape the Asian American experiences in the United States. By sharing the stories and narratives of my parents, it has allowed me to reflect on my own identity and how I fit into this world as an second-generation Asian American.

Parker Lawrence

2018 Neah Bay Pipeline Project: “Telling Our Stories, Imagining Our Futures”

Table or Easel #: 114

Eya Lazaro

Educational Equity and the Pasifika

Table or Easel #: 35

My passion for education comes from my Pasifika roots. Coming from an immigrant family in a US island with a complex immigration system, education was not accessible to me; yet, I still had the privilege of a higher education, which I want to give back to my community. This year, I serve as PISC’s Academic Empowerment and Professional Development Lead and support the Commission’s efforts to increase the visibility of Pacific Islanders in academia. Additionally, I serve as one of Jumpstart’s Volunteer Coordinators and work to create community service events that are accessible to marginalized communities. Finally, through the Ruby Linsao Early Learning Scholarship, I am working on an event that serves as a culmination of my educational equity work as a PI woman. This event is in collaboration with the Sisterhood of Pi Nu Iota and aims to highlight the Pasifika culture and its values through early literacy

Grecia M. Leal Pardo

2018 Neah Bay Pipeline Project: “Telling Our Stories, Imagining Our Futures”

Table or Easel #: 114

I will be presenting the 3-quarter long project of the Neah Bay Pipeline project. The project consists of a team of 8 UW students mentoring the 5th graders in Neah Bay Elementary School over two week-long periods. The first week, the week before the school year started, we taught Learning Through Photography. The second week, during spring break, we helped the students write and film short videos exploring different career paths that my team is currently editing. The project has helped the Neah Bay community by providing the students an opportunity to learn about higher education and career options that will allow them to come back and serve their community, partly by learning what careers already exist in Neah Bay. The work has impacted me personally by stretching my teaching abilities and by allowing me to work with a new demographic and learn more about a culture new to me. Group Members: Alondra Espinoza, Sevi Fua, Natalie Kemler, Parker Lawrence,Krizten Li, Mai Ogawa

Alice J Lee

Awareness and Outreach Initiative Accelerator

Table or Easel #: 12

YMCA is an organization that has been known as a “highly resourceful but underused” program. My goals as a UCBI intern are to establish connections on a community level. Once we have become more embedded in the communities, we can expand programs and services that we initially couldn’t incorporate because of the lack of attendance and participants in certain programs. Therefore, I will be promoting awareness and outreach. This work has provided me the necessary interpersonal skills for appealing to the masses and individuals.

Eileen Lee

Interim CDA As a UCBI intern

Table or Easel #: 48

I have been working on building community amongst residents in three Interim-owned buildings centered in Seattle’s International District. The Interim CDA aims to provide financial literacy, ESL, healthy living/nutrition, and civic engagement workshop, programs, and events. So far, my work has focused around the planning and preparation phases for the program. This includes doing community outreach and developing marketing material to be distributed. This work has set the foundation that will help provide residents in the community information to help them become engaged advocates for their themselves and their community. This work has given me first hand experience in what it’s like to work in nonprofit and improved my communication and marketing skills.

Dandridge Leshawn

Healthy Meal Prep For Aging Populations

My project is in connection with my service learning site, White Center Food Bank, I am presenting cooking preparation to encourage seniors at the SHAG facility Arrowhead Gardens to cook more of their meals from scratch, incorporating fresh produce, and reducing their sodium intake. The program is still developing and we are working out some kinks, but the vision for future is very exciting.

Amanda Moon Levenson

Mary Gates Leadership

Table or Easel #: 58

Professional Development for Chemical Engineering Undergraduates

Table or Easel #: 71

A chemical engineering (ChemE) degree equips students with strong technical skills that can be utilized in essentially any industry. However, the broad applicability of the ChemE degree can make it difficult for students to determine/initiate their own career path. To tackle this issue, I’ve spent the last year building a professional development program for 200+ undergraduate ChemE students at UW. I’ve coordinated a variety of events/workshops focused on supporting the three primary stages of undergraduate-level career preparation: (1) career discovery, (2) pursing job opportunities, and (3) transitioning from school to a full-time career. This series exposes ChemE undergrads to diverse job market/positions, and enables skills development in decision making, networking, and steps for early-career advancement. This project has taught me how to build something from the ground up, and helped me grow upon my project management skills, which I hope to bring to engineering management programs in the future.

Christine M Lew


Table or Easel #: 5

Uplift is a project intended to highlight the importance of positivity and small acts of kindness, both towards other people and towards ourselves. Over a hundred people participated in a positivity challenge for two weeks, and then we collected their reflections about what it means to be happy. We hope to make a difference on an individual level first – instilling long-lasting positive habits in one’s life will lead to greater self worth, stronger relationships, and maybe, piece by piece, a happier world. For us personally, this project has shown us why it is essential to always be aware of the impact you can have on others lives with something as simple as a smile. Uplift yourself, uplift the ones around you, and uplift the world. Group Members: Hunter Davis Francia

Winslow Lewis

From Students to Superheros

Table or Easel #: 40

During my UCBI internship, I worked with The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (BFI) in Yesler Terrace. With the help of BFI and the Carlson Center, I designed a program where students collaboratively create a superhero short-film. This process involved children identifying heroes in their lives, writing a script for their short film, creating their own costumes, and acting in the roles they have created. After the films are finished, they will screen at a community-wide event. This project was designed to work around the general lack of enthusiasm students have towards creative writing and to give these students an experience they may not find outside of BFI. I’m grateful to have worked on this project, as it has allowed me to meet many wonderful members of this community and has given me a chance to develop my skills as a leader and educator.

Jennifer Li

“You Are Beautiful”

Table or Easel #: 2

My UW Leader leadership practice is inspired by Shea, who made an eighteen million viewed Youtube video called “people react to being called beautiful”. The process is simple – I will ask various groups such as my close friends, classmates, professors and strangers if I could take their pictures for an art project. Once I get their consent, I will pull out my camera and they can get ready for the picture. When they ask about the project, I will tell them: “I am taking pictures of things I found extremely beautiful, and you are beautiful”. This project is not about calling someone beautiful, but how a simple act could brighten someone’s day and bring positivity to people’s lives. I hope I can spread this message to others and encourage people to have more open conversations and discover beauty around us.

Mengjiao Li

Building Mobile Applications for Disability Students and Related Volunteer Opportunities

Table or Easel #: 20

My leadership project mainly focused on the mobile app development for students with disabilities. I wanted to create a platform for families with children who have disabilities to come together and talk about their past experience, and help each other out. This platform will include rating systems for specialized teachers. It will also provide leadership volunteer opportunities. In California, I was involved in Friends of Children with Special Needs for three years, which challenged me to think a lot about my limit and what I could do to help and served as part of the inspiration to my leadership project today.

Kyki Li

Crossing Boundaries- Multimedia Transformation of Performing Arts

Table or Easel #: 110

Krizten Li

2018 Neah Bay Pipeline Project: “Telling Our Stories, Imagining Our Futures”

Table or Easel #: 114

Ken Lin

Personal Leadership, Philosophy, and Thoughts from a Japanese American

Table or Easel #: 67

I decided to write a blog for my leadership practice. I consider it to be more of a narrative on American life and society through the lens of a second/third generation Japanese American, and how tidbits from Japanese culture can relate to us all. The theme is personal leadership – this entails that I connect a part of Japanese culture to a notable lesson to be learned in growing up and becoming a kinder, more fulfilled, and more open-minded human being. I wanted to make a difference in my community by sharing some thoughts that I have about culture, life, and personal leadership to my audience. This has a profound personal experience on me because it helps me look further into my own cultural upbringing and what lessons I can bring into my adulthood through the cultural influences that have been present throughout my life so far.

April Lo

Branch Out Today: Lend A Helping Hand, Grow As A Person

Table or Easel #: 17

My first volunteering experience was with the International English Learning Program (IELP). Every week I went into the classroom and interacted with international students, helping them strengthen their conversational English skills by playing games and leading group discussions. For me, this was the first step of my journey in growing both as a volunteer, an influencer, a leader, and most importantly, as a person. It was a privilege to engage with students of diverse backgrounds and transcend language barriers together. This inspired me to seek out more opportunities that would allow me to create a global impact while also connecting with the UW community. From there, I became a facilitator for FIUTS and now, a Unite UW participant. As a graduating senior reflecting on my past activities, I plan to apply what I’ve learned from my experiences towards new endeavors in creating meaningful opportunities for future generations of Huskies.

Jessica Taylor Lo

Full Life Care: Adult Day Health Center

Table or Easel #: 41

Full Life Care is a multi-branch adult, day-health center committed to promoting independence in adults living with physical or mental disabilities. Our clientele is diverse and represents a particularly vulnerable population. As an Adult Day Health Activity Intern at Full Life Care, my work was about becoming a part of the community and knowing each client on a personal level. I led activities and socialized with our clients with brain injury or with developmental disability. My part in the community was unquantifiable and deeply rewarding: as simple and pure as being told that a client was happy to see me, looking forward to having me as part of his/her/their group. The work has been tremendously important to me. I felt that I was truly engaging this community as my own, and the personal connections forged here informed my work outside of Full Life involving the brain injury community.

Jesse Loi

Alternative Spring Break STEM Program

Table or Easel #: 57

Andre Magallanes

Business Leaders of Faith

Table or Easel #: 21

Like all great ideas, BLOF started with food. My friend and I were hanging out for the second time ever and we both felt that God was moving our hearts to take action about the need for a home for people of faith in Foster. That’s why after weeks of prayer our team decided to start BLOF with a drive to create a community. BLOF is a community of leaders who have a fire to learn about how faith and business can combine rather than collide. We have monthly events where business leaders come and talk about their testimonies, their hands-on experiences, and how God led them to success. We also have bi-weekly studies and activities to fellowship and tangibly apply what we learn. This allows us to connect and create networking events with industry companies whose core is rooted in faith.

Madeline Nicole Maher

Swedish Hospital CLIMB Program Volunteer

Table or Easel #: 85

The CLIMB Program at Swedish Hospital works with children who have a parent dealing with cancer. The goal is to support the emotional needs of the children and help them learn how to cope. In addition, the parents take part in a support group centered around their children to learn the best way to communicate with them. By providing my time as a volunteer I hope I have made even the slightest difference with the projects I helped the children with. This can help take their mind off of what is going on and/or deal with the emotions they are feeling. As someone who has had a parent diagnosed with cancer, I feel humbled and grateful to do what I can to help by being a leader for them. Swedish Hospital played a role in my family’s life and I hope I did the same for these children.

Jolee Jeanne Melink

The Adoptee Mentorship Program (AMP) for Transracial Adoptees from Asia

Table or Easel #: 87

The Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington’s (AAAW) Adoptee Mentorship Program (AMP) and AMP’Lified serves transracial adoptees from Asia through mentorship and curriculum based programming. AMP and AMP’Lified aim to support these adoptees in adolescence navigate their adoptive and racial identity. The program provides community through social programming and a curriculum. As a transracial adoptee, I am a mentor in the program and build relationship with youth through this process. I practice my facilitation skills during these events to educate and support the growth of the mentees. Additionally, I have worked with the community to assess the program to understand the best ways to support our community through my Honors research project. Through this experience I have expanded upon my mentorship and leadership skills in addition to learning more about myself and my own adoption from the participants in the program.

Andre Menchavez

Expression Over Oppression

Table or Easel #: 37

My event is a performing arts fundraising showcase that spreads the message of using self expression to overcome various levels of oppression we may feel in our daily lives. The ticket proceeds from this event will be going to a local nonprofit, Lifelong, which is an organization that provides food, housing, and medical services to those living with illnesses, especially HIV/AIDS. My work going into this event will benefit these communities Lifelong is working for. This event and everything it stands for has impacted me because it truly reminded me of how much the arts have saved my life and how impactful all of us can be to communities that need assistance no matter how young we are.

Erick Mercado

UW Jumpstart at Denise Louise Education Center

Table or Easel #: 101

Henry Milander

Leading Responsibly and Innovating Sustainably at the UW and Beyond

Table or Easel #: 86

Our team over the last year leveraged our leadership positions in Ecoreps, Net Impact UW, and CISB to incorporate a discussion of CSR, cross-cultural ethics, and sustainability into our RSOs’ learning umbrellas, and extend them to the UW community via the campus-wide Global Leadership Summit. We hope to present the success of GLS and our goals for continuing its momentum. GLS focused on responsible leadership in solving global issues in the context of four areas: socially-responsible business, tech, public health, and environmental public policy. GLS provided ~140 students and community members a space to engage with real-world cases and discussions on topics related to leading responsibly and sustainably in world. Our next major step is to institutionalize the momentum by establishing a certificate program on campus in ESG (environmental social governance). This project has taught me how to act more responsibly in ambiguous situations and help others do the same. Group Members: Nabilla Gunawan, Alexander Justin Urasaki

Catherine Mitri Canavati

Application Process and Database Functions

Table or Easel #: 11

Along with a colleague, I will be reviewing our application processes and reformatting our application for previous scholars. By doing so, we will be able to create a more current dashboard on our current scholars. Along with this, I intend to work around our database and fix the discrepancies in our system while creating a more sustainable mean to control our applicants and scholars. This will create a higher degree of efficiency at our organization and will allow us to look at more scholars and provide more opportunities to more inmates around the states we serve. This has been a bit of a challenge for me, because I often struggle to do my work when our file systems are not efficiently organized. By fixing this flaw, I hope that my adjacent projects will flow successfully and as will the organization for future interns or volunteers.

Monserate Miguel

Addressing Student Wellness by Untraditional

Table or Easel #: 8

Esha More


Table or Easel #: 30

Geetika Mukkamala

Alternative Spring Break: Curlew

Table or Easel #: 9

I participated in the Pipeline Project’s Alternative Spring Break project. I went to Curlew, WA and did the Literacy Arts Program, where a group of five UW students visited the Curlew School to help 1st-4th graders write storybooks about a theme. This year’s theme was about a time they didn’t give up, and we were talking to them about how it connects with their identities and how their town has influenced them. Our work has a positive impact on the community we serve, because we’re trying to break down the barriers between communities. For me personally, ASB has changed the way I look at other cultures and communities. Working with these young children has had a significant impact on the way I look at myself and others. It’s motivated me to work in these types of communities and also work with underserved kids in the future.

Jamie Lyn Murray

Heroes for Health 5K Run at HealthPoint

Table or Easel #: 44

I work with my supervisors and maintain a social media plan to engage the community in participating in a 5K run in June. The social media plan reiterates HealthPoint’s vision of great care that accessible for all.

Lindsey Narkchareon

Understanding the Needs of Seattle’s Homeless

Table or Easel #: 4

I began volunteering with the University YMCA’s Homeless Youth Meal in October of 2017 as part of a service-learning option through my Psychobiology of Women class. We provide free lunch, showers, and an opportunity to relax in a safe environment. I assessed the resources available to women and how our site addressed questions of motherhood, sexual orientation, and gender. Each week I am able to interact with homeless youth, intimately understand their needs, and develop friendships. My service has increased the resources the YMCA can provide through soliciting clothing donations for our giving closet. After fall quarter, I was compelled to continue volunteering with the Homeless Youth Meal because of the amazing community of UW and Seattle volunteers that all seek to create a nonjudgmental and welcoming atmosphere. This experience has broadened my understanding of how we as a community need to support homeless youths.

Liz Newcomer

Patient Experience Ambassador (PXA) Program Impact on Swedish Medical Center’s Press Ganey

Table or Easel #: 63

For 10 weeks, I researched whether the PXA Program within the COPE Health Scholar Program has an impact on Swedish Medical Center’s Press Ganey. The focus of the PXA program is to provide patients with a person that can serve as a “bridge” between them and their healthcare provider. In this sense, the program strongly focuses on Patient-Centered Care, leading to more positive scores the hospital gains from the surveys patients take once discharged. In my role, I learned a lot about both the positive and negative aspects that can occur on various hospital floors at Swedish and how that data can be used to report back to nurses. Future implications could include the implementation of a program similar to ours in order to increase and improve Patient-Centered Care and advocacy.

Angelyne J Ngo

Serving Children

Table or Easel #: 73

Liem Nguyen


Table or Easel #: 27

Lobkov Nicole

UWL Leadership Pratice

Table or Easel #: 99

For my Leadership Practice, I am hoping to host a film screening of either an LGBTQ+ film or documentary and facilitating a discussion afterwards in hopes of bringing to light the experiences of individuals in the LGBTQ+ community for those who are not as familiar with those in this community. I feel a very personal connection with this project as I’ve struggled with figuring out my identity over these past few years at the university, and I’ve only recently truly been accepting my queer identity this past year, so being able to put on a project that can hopefully prompt conversation and dialogue about the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals is something I care very much about

Ben Nielsen

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Volunteer

Table or Easel #: 1

I am organizing a small group of volunteers to serve at the University Post Office during Stamp Out Hunger, the nations largest food drive. Our work will involve collecting food donations that will then go to people in need. This is a great opportunity for me and others to make an impact off campus within the Seattle community.

Monica Nobbay

Closing the Kindergarten Readiness Gap at El Centro

Table or Easel #: 15

Laura Irene Nordquist

Husky Holiday Program

Table or Easel #: 46

Husky Holiday program is a project designed to ensure every child has something new to open this Holiday season. The project consists of setting up toys, clothes, and gifts in a store. Eligible families can come in and choose gifts for their children, free of charge. This project idea is derived from the Readiness To Learn Foundation, an organization who holds a similar project called “Holiday House’. Since I was 11, I have been volunteering at this organization and helping with this program. I hold this project close because growing up my family relied on these kinds of programs. The core issue this project addresses is providing a stress and debt free holiday for families. College is expensive and so is living is Seattle. Therefore, Mini Huskies Holiday is geared towards parents who are also current students at UW.

Mai Ogawa

2018 Neah Bay Pipeline Project: “Telling Our Stories, Imagining Our Futures”

Table or Easel #: 114

Chukwuma Onyinyechi Okereke

The CandleLight Foundation

Table or Easel #: 1

Dylan Phan

Introducing Weeb Nation at UW

Table or Easel #: 49

Last Fall I helped start an RSO called Weeb Nation with some friends I’ve met this year. Weeb Nation is a community group of people who enjoy watching anime, reading manga, attending conventions, and cosplaying. Weeb Nation is community for those who are confident with their weeb-ness, and for those who are still learning to embrace their passions. At Weeb Nation UW, we were able to create a platform for people who enjoy Japanese media to come together and express their interests with others. Throughout the year, we created weekly posts on our Facebook page to facilitate discussions with our members and held monthly meetings to give them opportunities to create connections. Being an officer for my RSO, it challenged me to learn to work with new people, plan events and how to openly advocate my interests.

Mika Phillips

Young Adult Service Provisions and Complications in the U District

Table or Easel #: 107

The Doorway Project is a community based research initiative. This initiative is in its planning stages and its social media and website platforms are not successfully conveying its mission to community members or its target population. I plan on restructuring the Doorway website. This restructuring will emphasize the needs of homeless youth (and will therefore require a solid understanding of those needs). It will also require understanding of the economic, academic, historical and political factors involved in the issue. These factors will inform how information is shared with the site’s audience. This work will help Doorway to communicate better with its fellow service providers and with homeless youth. Hopefully, it will also act as an eye catching and inspiring way to attract donors and volunteers. This work has taught me a great deal about the complexity of needs in the U District, and about the political requirements in navigating them.

Luiz Porto

Leaders Against Cancer

Table or Easel #: 10

Madison Prentiss

College and Career Readiness at Auburn High School

Table or Easel #: 25

I started mentoring at Auburn my freshman year of college. I’ve been there ever since and it’s completely changed my life. I have learned an incredible amount about project planning, community outreach, activism, self-reflection, and much more. I’ve worked with juniors through their senior year to the day they graduate and it’s incredible to see their growth. I hope that my impact at Auburn has been a positive one for students because they have all had such a positive impact on me. My project is focused on the growth that I’ve experienced during my time at Auburn High School over the last several years through different projects and events

Reilly Richards

Ellis Fellow

Table or Easel #: 5

Brenton Matthew Riddle

How a Trip to the Mexico-USA Border Prompted Internal and External Discussion

Table or Easel #: 45

During the spring break of 2018, I was given an opportunity to explore what life looks like along the El Paso – Juarez Border. 1,700 miles away from Seattle, the America that I saw was vastly different than the America of my childhood. While engaging with undocumented immigrants, border patrol officers, and visa-workers my perspective grew. My experiences made me ask “How does one deconstruct, analyze, and grapple with their privilege?” In returning from the trip, I made strides to prompt new dialogues through the writing of an article that was to be shared with family and friends, as well as published in local newspapers. This project has given me the opportunity to reflect on what it truly means to be a white, middle-class, male in American today, and given others the opportunity to participate in an important discussion.

Parker Scott Ruth


Table or Easel #: 16

BioExplore is an inclusive venue for students interested in learning about and sharing their passions for research in bioengineering-related fields, with a focus on providing tools for freshmen and sophomores to get involved in undergraduate research in the biosciences. High attendance and specific personal feedback from attendees at the lab tours, workshops, and presentations we host has confirmed my belief that BioExplore can be a valuable resource for many students at UW. BioExplore’s mission resonates personally with me because research has been a central part of my Husky experience since Winter 2017. I sincerely hope and am actively working to ensure that BioExplore will continue to be a venue for other students to similarly grow as leaders in the undergraduate research community.

Fatoumata Sallah

Jumpstart: Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)

Table or Easel #: 29

Espen Isaac Scheuer

Running for Vice President

Table or Easel #: 78

For my project I ran for ASUW Vice President. I had never been super comfortable with openly marketing myself, and this project really forced me to step outside my comfort zone. Throughout the series of forums where I defended myself and my platform in front of a crowd of voters, I became much more comfortable with public speaking. I also gained more experience working with people from different backgrounds, as the team I ran with was was composed of students from all across campus. Overall, running was something I had never really considered before, and an absolutely crazy learning experience.

ASUW Elections, Volunteer Coordinator

Table or Easel #: 95

Jaclyn Shallat

Side-By-Side Preschool Population Evaluation

Table or Easel #: 81


For the past 2 quarters, I have been working with Side-By-Side preschool to provide early childhood education for children of families struggling with childhood illness. I have learned a lot about childhood education, sensitivity, and leadership during this internship, and I am excited to apply these skills to my project as well as my daily life. My final project for spring quarter is evaluating and reporting on data we’ve gathered about the population we serve. This evaluation will include an analysis of what times students arrive, which kids we reach with our services, and provide context for next steps. I love working with Side-By-Side, and am excited to see our growth and impact represented in this project!

Rodha A Sheikh

Biomedical research and Mentors in Sciences

Table or Easel #: 105

Biomedical research and Mentors in Sciences (BioXMS) is an after-school outreach program that works on introducing STEM to students who previously might have never considered it, addressing the lack of representation in the STEM fields. Each quarter, we have a group of mentors who dedicate themselves to the program. We work together to maximize STEM exposure to students. We do this in several ways: we organize workshops where we help students with personal statements, resumes, and financial aid applications, we plan field trips to UW STEM departments such as the Bioengineering and biochemistry departments, we also host professors and other professionals to visit the students at Highline. Personally, this program is what ignited my goal of entering the field of education as a career. It highlighted the educational discrepancies present in racially and economically diverse schools. Group Members: Nafiso Egal

Jasmine Shen

Patient-Centered Care: Empowerment for Mandarin-Speaking Communities

Table or Easel #: 64

Through Online Education Resource At the heart of patient-centered care is the principle that it is of utmost importance to value the desires of the individual. When patients are knowledgeable about their health, they are empowered to make informed, meaningful decisions that are driven by those desires and goals for fulfillment. My service project hopes to contribute to patient-centered care by improving the health literacy of Mandarin-speaking patients, a community that faces structural barriers to good health outcomes. I worked in collaboration with high school students and the Washington Association of Chinese American Physicians (WACAP). Together, we created this accessible website wherein individuals can view videos on common health topics, find a Mandarin-speaking specialist, and have questions answered by WACAP physicians. This work has challenged me to understand the value of perseverance, and taught me how to respond to ambiguity and uncertainty with resilience. Any impact on anything is effected only through dedicated, repeated small changes.

Mariama Sidibe

Ellis Fellows Involvement

Table or Easel #: 72

Christelle Silue

A New Face to Horn of Africa Services (HOAS)

Table or Easel #: 3

I am currently interning for Horn of Africa Services (HOAS) which is a nonprofit that serves the East African Immigrant and Refugee community in Seattle. The program that I am a part of is the after school program. I currently serve as a tutor but also work along the volunteer coordinator. The project that I have been working on is to expand their volunteer outreach, better the recruitment process and the involvement of Volunteers. I started a partnership with Amazon, where we recently recruited some Amazon employees and hope to expand this project with other big cooperation such as Microsoft. I am also trying to have volunteer more involved by having them develop activities that fit around their passions. One last step that I have taken is developing online surveys that will be distributed to current and past volunteers to have an ongoing conversation with them.

Jacob P Slater

UW // FA$HION Podcast

Table or Easel #: 96

I am making a podcast called UW // FA$HION with two components: one where I interview people of the UW community about their fashion choices and then another where I share news in the fashion world that has come up since the last episode.

Dolce Sofia

Future Meets Present: Mentoring the Next Generation of Latinx in STEM

Table or Easel #: 42

Future Meets Present engages current and future underrepresented and low-income students in the University of Washington Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and encourages them to pursue post-secondary studies. Through mentorship and personal development opportunities for Latinx and other underrepresented minorities, the SHPE UW community aims to promote equity and facilitate the path to a STEM career.

Kyle Steinbock

Global Medical Brigades: A student-driven movement establishing sustainable healthcare in rural Nicaragua

Table or Easel #: 19

Ann Margaret Stompro

Environmental Alternative Spring Break

Table or Easel #: 14


Environmental Alternative Spring Break (EASB) gives UW students the opportunity to develop their own environmental science based curriculum and travel to rural or tribal communities in Washington for a week to share their curriculum. EASB aims to create interactive place-based curriculum that exposes students to environmental topics and encourages real world problem solving. EASB helps students in under-served schools gain confidence and lets them know that anybody can do science. During EASB I have been able to make strong connections with folks and see how supportive a community can be. The students are inspiring with how open, welcoming and kind they are to us UW students, and to each other. Students always help fellow classmates with translating to Spanish, and at the end of the day will help us carry our supplies back to our van. EASB makes me proud of this generation who are going to grow up to be strong, compassionate individuals. Group Members: Atharva Agashe, Nik Anderson, Madison Rose Bristol, Tyler Ung

Rosie Sun

Personal Health Project

Table or Easel #: 66

This is a personal project. I believe that leadership is not limit to how you affect your community, but also how you handle yourself in a lot of ways. How did you handle you stress? How does mental wellness affect your executive decisions? What are the factors that influences your life? By recording my life in Spring Quarter in terms of retaining mental and physical health, I aim to understand how my mental and physical situation affects me on a personal level.

Mohammed Mushtak Talib

The CandleLight Foundation

Table or Easel #: 1

May Tam

UCBI Focus project for APAVEvotes

Table or Easel #: 93

I will demonstrate what I have done in striving to promote student voter registration on campus. By way of creating power point slide, in class presentations and walk in to club meeting for idea dissemination.

Kristine N Tan

UW Jumpstart at Denise Louise Education Center

Table or Easel #: 101

Jumpstart is a nation-wide early education organization that implements language, literacy, and social-emotional support in preschools. By providing additional curriculum and access to quality education, Jumpstart works to diminish the Achievement Gap that separates low-income and high-need preschools from other privileged areas. Our team at Denise Louise Education Center engages with a tight-knit class of nineteen 3 to 5 year olds. We watch each and every student rapidly grow and progress throughout the year and build trusting relationships with both the students and the lead teachers. The collaborative effort and mutual goals of our team push us to always be our best self in and outside of the classroom, whether that is being fully prepared for a session or being conscious about not perpetuating any harmful stereotypes surrounding society. Jumpstart gives back to a community that raised us, and we pursue experiences that could possibly shape our careers. Group Members: Annie Elizabeth Comstock, Mai Kim, Erick Mercado, Abby Kristine Thayer

Stacie Tao

Jumpstart: Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)

Table or Easel #: 29

Jumpstart is an AmeriCorps program that builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills in preschoolers from under-resourced communities. Our mission is to prepare our young children for Kindergarten to provide the foundation they need for future academic success. In efforts to direct our service to the Greater Seattle Area, our Jumpstart team partners with the Beacon Hill Refugee Women’s Alliance in their Panda Class with 3-5 year olds. We integrate our Husky Experience to the greater community to promote quality education for all. Group Members: Fatoumata Sallah, Jodi Warren

Heaven Tesfamariam

Third Year Ellis Fellows Presentation

Table or Easel #: 90

This past year I’ve worked with three different service organizations all linked to the start of my Ellis Fellows Capstone. Being a Medical Anthropology in Global Heath major, I’ve worked with GlobeMed and the Bryant Elementary Health Room to study and find ways to address local and global health concerns. I also recently decided to double major in Political Science, and that was in large part due to my work with the Young People’s Front for Democracy and Justice’s Seattle chapter. This poster will detail my work with these three organizations and how they have influenced my goals as a fellow for my senior year and future career goals.

Abby Thayer

UW Jumpstart at Denise Louise Education Center

Table or Easel #: 101

Tuvshinzaya Tumurkhuyag

Community Toolkit

Table or Easel #: 26

I will do an extended toolkit – manual for communities of the Greater Seattle area to provide them with available programs and resources. The purpose of this toolkit is to help people learn about existing programs and funding opportunities relevant to the environmental, economic and community development. It can help people choose the right tool to take positive actions to improve their community and neighborhood. This toolkit will be a part of the non-profit organization Sustainable Seattle’s project – Seattle RiSE. The project’s goal is to build a grassroots network of community advocates to address the leading sustainability challenges of the Seattle Metropolitan area. The toolkit’s final product will be a handout, also a poster on Spring Celebration. The handout in pdf form will be placed on Sustainable Seattle’s website available for everyone to have a look.

Kate Turk

Global Medical Brigades: A student-driven movement establishing sustainable healthcare in rural Nicaragua

Table or Easel #: 19

Global Medical Brigades at the University of Washington is a student organization that provides sustainable healthcare to communities in rural Nicaragua. Each summer, student volunteers and health professionals travel to Nicaragua and treat approximately 1,000 patients who wouldn’t otherwise have medical care. Students also create public health projects to prevent disease, educate community members on preventive healthcare, and become culturally aware, service-minded individuals. After being brigaders, auction chairs, and co-presidents together, we’ve learned that hard work during brigade preparation can change someone’s life in Nicaragua. We’ve been humbled by the conditions abroad, and we’ve realized that students can be the most powerful forces of change. Group Members: Kyle Anthony Steinbock

Tyler Ung

Environmental Alternative Spring Break

Table or Easel #: 14

Alexander Urasaki

Leading Responsibly and Innovating Sustainably at the UW and Beyond

Table or Easel #: 86

Evelin Uyu Palomares

Serving Children (Jumpstart)

Table or Easel #: 73

Jumpstart is an organization that focuses on early education in low-income communities. Studies have found that children in low-income communities aren’t prepared when going into kindergarten. Our vision is to help reduce the achievement and readiness gap by building language and literacy skills through a set of activities such as welcome, reading, circle and center time. The work that my group has done within this site has made a difference in our community because we are building social and academic skills for children. Low-income communities don’t have sufficient resources and are set aside, however, my site focuses on building skills that prepares children to be ahead. I’ve been able to have a different perspective towards children and how I’ve learned to not judge a child before knowing their background. This organization sparked an interested in working with children that don’t have the same privileges as their peers. Group Members: Angelyne J Ngo, Manisha Kumari

Tyler Valentine

Developing New Outreach Methods for the SPACE Ambassadors: High Altitude Balloons for Higher Education

Table or Easel #: 31

Monica Vera

Closing the Kindergarten Readiness Gap at El Centro

Table or Easel #: 15

Gonzalo Villacorta

Leaders Against Cancer “

Table or Easel #: 10

My partner and I are going to sell food within our UW Leaders Cohort to donate to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. We are setting a goal $50 because we know giving up money in college but hopefully we are able to match it or surpass it! ” Group Members: Luiz Fernando Saade Porto

Aditya Vohra

Dream Project Mentorship

Table or Easel #: 32

I work as a High School Lead for the University of Washington Dream Project. I oversee ten mentors who work closely with first-generation and low-income students at Rainier Beach High School. Our goal is to empower students with the tools and information to make and enact a plan for their futures. My role in Dream Project gives me the opportunity not only to broaden access to postsecondary opportunities, but also to lead a group of peers in working to increase equity and diversity in higher education. Working with Rainier Beach High School has allowed me to develop relationships with a diverse group of students and administrators. This work has impacted me personally by deepening my understanding of institutional issues and pushing me to think about how to address educational inequity ethically and effectively.

Iris Lyn Wagner

Yoga Behind Bars GiveBIG 2018

Table or Easel #: 106

Yoga Behind Bars, the organization where I am a UCBI intern, is participating in GiveBIG 2018 for a 24 hour online giving campaign. The money raised on this day will go directly to supporting our programs that share yoga and meditation with incarcerated women, men and children. Without the support and donations of our community, Yoga Behind Bars would not be possible. The generosity on the day of May 9th, 2018 will help support these programs.

Lufei Wang

CGI U 2018 Competition

Table or Easel #: 24

Recently, I led a team to develop a vaccine education strategy to increase the patients’ awareness of yellow fever vaccination in Africa and joined the CGI U 2018 competition. During the project, I found that yellow fever vaccine remains underused because of lack of awareness. Parents’ knowledge about vaccinations is poor, and the knowledge they do have is often wrong. My passion for saving people’s life drives advancements in developing a cartoon poster to disseminate vaccine knowledge in order to improve the awareness and demands in yellow fever vaccine. The short-term goal is to get more people vaccinated to prevent the yellow fever outbreak with 5% increasing rate of the coverage in next two years. Through this project, I well understood the global vaccination situation including the drivers and barriers. Most importantly, I further developed my skills in leadership and communication.

Wendy Wang

Pride Foundation: Demographic Dashboard

Table or Easel #: 70

Pride Foundation works to expand opportunities and provide equity for LGBTQ people across the Northwest. My research was to compile demographics – gender, age, poverty, education etc. – of both the general Washington population and the LGBTQ population in WA. Through this research I will be able to compare these data points to the applications that we receive during our annual scholarship review. By doing so, we will be able to see what demographics we hit the most and which ones we do not. This will allow us to see which demographic area we need to do more outreach on, as well as brainstorm reasons why they do not apply. Ultimately, this project aims to expand Pride Foundations equity work in their scholarship program.

Jodi Warren

Jumpstart: Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)

Table or Easel #: 29

Annabel Weyhrich

Survival Guide

I am presenting a blog about how one might deal with homesickness. A large portion of this blog is how getting involved and finding your interests can help when dealing with the college transition. My interests included leadership, volunteering, and the environment. This spring I was able to get involved in an internship with the Fiddlehead Forest School, I got involved with Green Greek, and I attended other club and volunteer opportunities like the UW Farm and Habitat for Humanity. The college transition can be really difficult and I wanted to create a medium where others could learn from my mistakes and my success and hopefully share their own.

Alex Wheeler

Food Justice Here and Abroad

Table or Easel #: 39

My project contains two components. The first is a Mary Gates Leadership project with the student club, Huskies for Food Justice. We are campaigning for the UW to change their food purchasing practices toward ethical and sustainable food. My work is helping to educate students and the campus community on issues in our food system and encourage students to take action. The second project is an internship with Community Alliance for Global Justice, a grassroots organization in Seattle that supports local economies and food sovereignty. I have been working with AGRA Watch, a committee that holds the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) accountable to the public. My work there supports smallholder farms in Africa through research, communications, and blog writing. Both of these project components address how our food system impacts the most marginalized, and pushes for an alternative, both here and abroad.

Lilly Widen

The Prison Scholar Fund

Table or Easel #: 89

I began working at the Prison Scholar Fund (PSF) as an Autumn quarter service learner and later continued my work as a permanent intern. PSF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing scholarships for incarcerated individuals to pursue post secondary education. During my time at PSF, I have had the privilege of communicating with many incarcerated individuals. From these interactions, I have learned about the failures of the criminal justice system, particularly the missed opportunity to educate and rehabilitate individuals during the corrections process. I was able to try to address this systematic failure by going to Washington D.C. with the Prison Scholar Fund to advocate for educational opportunities for the incarcerated. What has been most profound about my experience has been being able to witness first the ways education can transform lives and communities.

Wong Emily

 Breaking Barriers in User Experience at the University of Washington

Table or Easel #: 18

As President of the Women in User Experience Conference (WiUX), I embody and drive our mission of empowering and connecting women at the University Washington and the Greater Seattle area. Our main event of the year is the annual Women in User Experience Conference and my leadership project focuses on doubling the size of the conference to 400 people to impact many more individuals interested in pursuing a career in user experience.

David Frantz

Cathartic Intentions In this project I am changing habits in my daily life to understand how these changes may effect my mood and experience day-to-day. I will also interview friends to learn more about things they do to feel better or to make sure they have a good day. This project is meant to interpret some of the many new emotions I’ve felt in my transition to UW.

Alexandre Yang

 Alternative Spring Break STEM Program

Table or Easel #: 57

Kaiqi Zhang

Improving Reading Level of Young Immigrant Students

Table or Easel #: 47

My main goal is to improve the reading level of my students. The agency has implemented various methods – daily reading logs, weekly library visits, and focus groups run by reading specialists. However, each method has its own disadvantages. The students have found a way to “cheat” the reading log, and often time they can manage to complete the assignment without carefully reading through the book; we have not set up a specific goal for the library visit; the number of reading specialists is simply not enough to meet all the needs of the students. For my focus project, I would like to introduce a new reading log format that requires them to do more thinking, to make more effort in comprehending the story, rather than just answering the same set of questions for every material they read. I would also like to set up a specific goal for the library visit.

Nick Zhou

Social impact design- sustainability in classroom

Table or Easel #: 82

My two person, hcde major team developed an innovative a classroom desk design that aims to increase engagement safety in elementary school classrooms using mostly sustainability materials. Our desk not only makes an effort to create classroom supplies that better fit in modern educational context but also being awareness of sustainability to our future generation students. Personally this project was also my first design for community and social change, and it had been a rewarding journey.

Sophie Ziliak

Youth Wellness Through Running

Table or Easel #: 112

I’m volunteering at Greenwood Elementary with a program called Let Me Run. LMR teaches boys in 4th through 6th grade how to be themselves, relate to one another, and express themselves in a healthy way – all through running! I coach the boys in proper running form and technique and help them learn how to stretch and take care of their bodies while building fitness. You really can see a difference in the boys, as this has helped them overcome some of the harmful stereotypes about masculinity. With luck, the lessons they learn will help them as they grow older. I have felt so blessed to have this opportunity because coaching running is something I’ve always wanted to do, and the program has made a big impact on me.