Global Honors Council

The UW Tacoma Global Honors Council is a body of faculty, staff and students responsible for providing academic and specialist guidance on matters including curriculum, admissions and graduation. Drawing considerable experience and expertise from academic and other programs across campus, the Council helps keep Global Honors at the cutting edge of educational enrichment.

Current Council members include:

Divya McMillin, Ph.D.

Chair, Global Honors Council
Executive Director, Institute for Global Engagement
Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Divya McMillin is winner of the 2012 Distinguished Reseach Award, the highest recognition of scholarship offered to faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma. She is Professor of Global Media Studies and teaches courses on Asian film, non-western television audiences, critical research methods, and media globalization. As Director of the Global Honors Program, McMillin teaches Honors orientation and capstone courses, working closely with students to develop excellence in undergraduate research. Under her leadership, the Global Honors Program has more than doubled its graduates, secured a Global Scholar merit award for each student, and developed fully-funded international research opportunities for undergraduates.


Orlando Baiocchi, Ph.D.

Professor, Institute of Technology

Orlando Baiocchi is an Endowed Professor in Engineering Systems. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University College London and has been involved in teaching, research and academic administration for more than 40 years, both in Brazil and in the United States. He has directed and participated in many projects of national and international research cooperation and external funding. His areas of expertise include electromagnetics and wave propagation, modeling and simulation of linear and non-linear systems, technology and society, cyber- and engineering ethics, and engineering education, with more than 80 publications in these areas. He is Life Member of the IEEE and has served as a reviewer for several journals, conferences and funding agencies.


Tom Diehm, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Acting Director & Principal Lecturer, Social Work

Tom Diehm is a founding faculty member of the UWT Social Work Program where he coordinates the Field Education program in addition to classroom teaching in social policy, mental health, and issues of importance to LGBT individuals. He obtained his doctorate in Social Work from Portland State University in 2004, and his Master of Social Work from the University of Denver in 1993. His interests focus on community mental health services, HIV/AIDS policy and practice, and human rights issues as they relate to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.


Mark Pendras, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Urban Studies

Dr. Mark Pendras' research concentrates on three primary areas of inquiry: urban political economy, alternative urban and regional development politics and policy, and university/community relations. His research on urban political economy takes a critical legal geographic approach to investigating how capital mobility influences urban politics and development and to identifying ways to denaturalize and positively reconsider the relationship between capital and place in the United States. His critical legal geographic research suggests that capital mobility is politically produced and contestable, which, in turn, opens space for thinking about alternative approaches to urban development. As he continues to explore critical legal dimensions of urban political economy, he has therefore recently expanded his research to include a more focused exploration of creative urban development alternatives and the political challenges associated with alternative urban development. His third area of research considers how critical scholarship and teaching can both improve university/community relations and advance positive urban development.

Eugene Sivadas, Ph.D.

Director, MBA Program
Professor, Milgard School of Business

Eugene Sivadas is Professor of Marketing and Director of the MBA program at the Milgard School of Business.  He was previously on the graduate faculty at Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University and has also taught at Emerson College and the University of Cincinnati.  Professor Sivadas  was Chair of American Marketing Association's Interorganizational (B2B and Channels) Special Interest Group from 2006-2009. Professor Sivadas serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Health Communication and International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Health Care Marketing. He is widely published in leading marketing journals such as Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Marketing Letters, Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management etc. and his work has been cited more than 3500 times by other researchers. His research interests are in the area of inter-firm and customer relationships, construct measurement issues, and citation analysis.

Huatong Sun, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Dr. Huatong Sun is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media Studies. She teaches Web design, print design, social media, and other digital media courses. Her research explores the relationship and interaction between technology, culture, and design in this increasingly globalized world, with a focus on web technologies and mobile communication. Her book “Cross-Cultural Technology Design: Creating Culture-Sensitive Technology for Local Users” (Oxford University Press, 2012) was named the 2013 Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication by the National Council of Teachers of English. Her current research project seeks to develop design resources and toolkits to create culture-sensitive designs for under-represented user groups through community engagement activities. A primary goal of this project is to cultivate students’ critical design sensibility and transform them into socially responsible leaders.

Akane Yamaguchi, M.Ed.

Assistant Director, International Student Services (ISS)

Akane has been at UWT since October 2014. Despite the fact she grew up in a small coastal town in Japan, thanks to her parents who were involved with Sister Cities Programs, she was exposed to the value of cross-cultural exchange from a young age. After completing high school in her hometown, she moved to Bellinghan, WA as an International Student. She attended Whatcom Community College and attained her A.A degree in Business Administration. She then transferred to Western Washington University and earned a BA in Business Administration and M.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. After completing her master’s degree, she worked at various universities and colleges in Washington state, most recently including in the ISS office at Pacific Lutheran University.  Akane is passionate about working with International Students and connecting them with opportunities and resources to make the most of their time at UWT and beyond.

Weichao Yuwen, Ph.D., RN

Associate Professor, Nursing

Weichao Yuwen received her PhD (2016) from the University of Washington Seattle and BSN (2010) from Arizona State University. Dr. Yuwen teaches undergraduate students in the Nursing and Healthcare Leadership programs, including classes on Research in Nursing & Healthcare and Diversity, Health, & Inequities. Her research focus is on family-centered care, health disparities, sleep health, and pediatric chronic conditions. She has joint published articles on sleep patterns, sleep quality, sleep hygiene, and sleep fragmentation and biomarkers.