Eight was something of a lucky number for UW Tacoma, at least when it came to the Husky 100. In both 2016 and 2017 eight UW Tacoma students were included in the tri-campus honor. The streak of eight ended this year as 11 students from the Tacoma campus were named to the Husky 100. This year's class represents a range of majors and degrees. Three of this year's honorees are graduate students. The School of Interdisiplnary Arts & Sciences has six students represented followed by The Institute of Techology with two. The Milgard School of Business, Urban Studies and Social Work & Criminal Justice each have one student in the 2018 Husky 100.
B.A. Business Administration (Marketing)
My UW experience was key to developing my capacity for leadership: I am active student leader working as ASUWT Business Senator, an advertising manager for The Ledger and a student coordinator at the Center for Student Involvement who seeks change and capitalizes on opportunities. I aspire to become one of the few female marketing directors connecting individuals to high-impact organizations, driven by a commitment to corporate social responsibility.
B.A. Ethnic, Gender & Labor Studies
As a Husky, I am driven by the adversity I faced being a first-generation college student. My experience at the University of Washington is about having the drive to be proactive and overcoming impostor syndrome; I know there is no limit to what you can do if you believe in yourself. I want to assist students in their transition to higher education and am passionate about creating a space where all students know that higher education is for them to own.
B.A. Writing Studies
I love to explore how writing can be used to communicate complex ideas in accessible language and how storytelling grips us into action when it is most needed. This led me to start a literary journal called In Layman's Terms that works to bridge the gap between extremes in knowledge. Most of my own writing stems from lessons from non-human animals, which I often look to for insight into some of humans' own bizarre ways of interacting with one another.
BASW, Social Welfare
UW has given me the platform I need to not only excel academically but also to make a difference in my community. I have used my Husky Experience to engage in leadership opportunities, a variety of student organizations and honor societies, advocacy, hundreds of volunteer hours and an independent study on the effects of trauma on the developing brain. It is my goal to tackle social justice related issues on a macro level, and my professors and peers at UWT have given me the confidence to do so.
M.A. Non-Profit Management
As a first-generation scholar, the most significant lesson I've learned from my UW experience is how important conversation, collaboration and community are to enacting change. It is empowering to think that one person can change the world, but nothing worth doing can ever be done in isolation. Community-led action provides relevant solutions to real-time problems, and I am excited and prepared to work diligently on furthering the goals of the communities I work within.
B.S. Computer Science & Systems
From day to day, you might find me in the computer lab problem solving, serving as committee chair for the Students and Activities Fee, being a voting member in the World Affairs Council or mentoring at Federal Way High School. Throughout these experiences, UW has equipped me and empowered me with the tools to make my dreams become a reality. If it weren’t for the opportunities I have had here, I might still have been a homeless, uneducated non-English speaker rather than pursuing my goals and my aspiration of eventually running a technology company.
B.A. Arts, Media & Culture
As a student, writing consultant, editor, and aspiring professor, my goal is to elevate voices that too often go unheard - voices of people like me, who identify as LGBTQ, mixed race and disabled - or who are members of other underserved communities. Education should not be unattainable or inaccessible; it should undo injustice, not perpetuate it. In my time at UW Tacoma, I've had exemplary experiences with faculty and staff who are dedicated, like me, to living out that belief through what they do every day. I'm honored to continue this work as a member of the Husky 100.
M.A. Community Planning
I'm a community planner, local historian, and storyteller. I believe the stories we tell about places are central to the public decisions we make - and changing these narratives can promote more equitable outcomes. From implementing site-specific interpretative projects at the City of Tacoma, to researching meaningful civic engagement with the Livable City Year program, to coaching students at the Writing Center, I'm grateful for opportunities to put this belief into practice at UW Tacoma.
I came to UW driven to create positive change for women. My research examines sexual assault resources, with the aim of blunting systemic discrimination, oppression and violence. Linking research as a catalyst for change motivates me to work harder every day. As a proud Husky, I am a Bamford Fellow, Next Step Scholar, Gilman International Scholar, Global Ambassador, research assistant in the behavioral health lab, a community volunteer and more.
Angela Ramos Henderson
Master of Cybersecurity & Leadership
"Stop thinking about change. Start acting boundless in career and life. Continue with a world-class education." These were my instructions to myself as I chose a path forward that was in line with my goal of overcoming serious economic and national security challenges. After 20 years in marketing and communications, I am reinventing myself as a cybersecurity leader. My UW experience is transforming me day by day to accelerate organizational performance and build cyber resilience that protects people, property and planet.
I chose psychology as a way of better understanding why people think and act the way they do. I've been accepted into the Ph.D. program program in social psychology at Claremont Graduate College in California. My dream is to be a professor at a university while researching things I’m most passionate about including racism and homophobia.
John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or firstname.lastname@example.org