School of IAS students lead the Husky 100 pack at UW Tacoma

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Interim Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Baldasty has announced the first cohort of students to make up the Husky 100, including eight students from UW Tacoma--half of whom are School of IAS students.

The Husky 100 program is a competitive program created to help students find out who they are and where they are going. To be considered, students were nominated and endorsed by faculty, staff and students. These students will be recognized at a special event May 16, 2016, and at other events throughout the next academic year.

The School of IAS and interim dean Cheryl Greengrove congratulate our students and recognize their hard work--both in the community and in school--in making the most of their Husky Experience.

Sophie Nop

Sophie Nop

Fresno, CA
BS Computer Science '16
Minor: Nonprofit Management
Involvement: ASUWT President 2015-2016. Co-founder of the User Experience (UX) registered student organization (RSO). Student Technology Fee Committee member 2014-2015.

As a Husky, I have been given the opportunity to shape my environment rather than just become a product of it. Committed to also empowering others through education and community engagement I founded UW Tacoma Dreams Big — a technology conference to encourage everyone especially women and people of color to pursue a career in STEM. As a woman computer scientist, I am equally passionate about user experience, leveling the technological playing field, and using technology to solve systemic problems.

Marae Slyter

Marae Slyter

Kent, WA
Law and Policy and Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies '16
Minor: Human Rights
Involvement: past ASUWT Senator, President of the Student Theater Acting Guild (STAG) RSO. President of the Pre-Law Society (PLS) RSO.

I’ve been a student representative for two years, president and founder of a growing theater program, and president of a growing pre-law program. My purpose for being a student is to enrich myself in the experience and to contribute to my university as a whole. I wanted to graduate knowing I left behind a legacy.

Beleqse Tamaami

Beleqsa Tamaami

Kent, WA
BA Global Studies '16
Minor: Global Engagement / Asian Studies
Involvement: Global Honors program, Black Student Union, Muslim Student Association, Institute for Global Engagement and Center for Service and Leadership.

My experiences in and outside the classroom demonstrate how I continuously take advantage of my time at UW Tacoma and seek out opportunities to serve and do more. I have demonstrated this by pursuing multiple study abroad, Global Honors, and working in the Center for Service and Leadership as the spring breakaway coordinator. I have been named to the Husky 100 because I fully seek out and engage in all the opportunities that being a UW Husky has granted me.

Melissa Workman

Melissa Workman

Puyallup, WA
BA Asian History '16
Minor: Asian Studies, Environmental Studies and Education
Involvement: Transfer Student Peer Advisor, 2016 ASUWT Commencement Committee member. ASUWT Judicial Board Justice (2015).

I am a single working mother who made the decision to go to college later in life. Despite my struggles, I have made a decision that I will do everything in my power to be an example of what is possible through unflinching determination, not just with words but with my actions. With everything I do I have to decide, “Will this be helpful in teaching my children and others?” And, if I falter, I can still provide others with valuable knowledge, even if it means teaching them, “Don’t make my mistakes.”


Read more about all Husky 100 students at

Written by: 
Meridith Hatch / May 3, 2016