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The Class of 2023

June 8, 2023

In 2023, we are celebrating the incredible achievements of almost 1,900 newly-minted UW degree holders.

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Mona Halcomb: Banking on Her Future

June 9, 2023

After years and decades of being told she was in the wrong place, Mona Halcomb, ’23, Ed.D. Educational Leadership, is just getting started.

Dani Small: The Barrier Breaker

June 9, 2023

First-gen alumna Dani Small, ’23, Master of Social Work, wants to bring the values she defined through both her undergrad and grad experiences at UW Tacoma into the corporate world.

Eileen Jimenez: Persona Educada

June 8, 2023
Eileen Jimenez, ’23, Ed.D. Educational Leadership, embodies the spirits of her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and proudly aspires to be, like them, a persona educada.

UW Tacoma in the News

Nashville shooting exploited by right to escalate anti-trans rhetoric

Dr. Eric Madfis, associate professor in UW Tacoma's School of Social Work & Criminal Justice, is quoted on intentional mischaracterization of perpetrators of mass shootings, who are "cisgender male ... by and large. ... This is a cynical, bigoted attack."

Washington Post
March 30, 2023

Hometown Hero: Federal Way veteran, researcher isn’t deterred by death

Biomedical sciences student and Army veteran Melissa Swain is a Federal Way Mirror Hometown Hero and a Soroptomist Club Live Your Dream scholarship recipient. Tragedy led to her role as a single mother and a research intern with the King County Medical Examiner's office.

Federal Way Mirror
February 24, 2023

Opinion: Why Washington's capital gains tax should be upheld

UW Tacoma Economics Professor Katie Baird calls on the Wash. State Supreme Court to uphold the capital gains tax passed by the Legislature in its 2021 session, in order to adequately fund child care, especially for rural areas of the state.

Puget Sound Business Journal
January 16, 2023

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Debbie Hales: A Sisterhood of Support

June 8, 2023

Support from the circle of students in the Muckleshoot Cohort Ed.D. program is a key element that got Debbie Hales, ’23, Ed.D. Educational Leadership, through the rigors of her doctoral studies.

Julie Venezio: The Making of an Advisor

June 7, 2023

Julie Venezio, ’23, B.A. Psychology, credits career and academic advisors for her success as a student and as inspirations for her future career plans.

Jennifer Vasilez: Doing Right by the Children

June 7, 2023

The experience of being surrounded by strong, intelligent Native women is what drew Jennifer Vasilez, ’23, Ed.D. Educational Leadership, to UW Tacoma’s Muckleshoot Cohort.

Phillip Dontje: For the Love of Math

June 7, 2023

When not delving into algebraic topology, Army veteran Phillip Dontje, ’23, B.S. Mathematics, is raising his children and preparing for his upcoming Ph.D. studies.