Dr. Keva Miller is the inaugural Dean for the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice and a nationally recognized scholar in the areas of child welfare and criminal justice. Prior to joining the University of Washington Tacoma, Dean Miller was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor at Portland State University School of Social Work. She also held academic appointments at the University of Texas at Austin, Fordham University, and Columbia University. She earned her doctorate in social work from Fordham University and master and bachelor degrees in social work from the University of Texas at Austin.
As a leader, Dean Miller seeks to maintain and enhance the University of Washington Tacoma’s reputation as a distinctive urban-serving institution and partner with faculty and staff to prioritize social justice and organizational excellence through elevating student success; advancing teaching and research excellence; promoting organizational sustainability; enhancing community engagement and partnerships; and creating a shared identity. Dean Miller believes that multi- and interdisciplinary scholarship through research, instruction, and community outreach are critical to the overall mission of the University and School.
Dean Miller’s scholarship challenges linear discourses and conceptualizations on contributors to adverse outcomes among system-involved, vulnerable, and historically marginalized and minoritized populations. Her scholarship also examines risk, protection, and resilience among BIPOC and highly stressed populations. Dean Miller works in partnership with criminal justice and child welfare systems to evaluate program effectiveness and enhance service delivery. Her research, policy advocacy, and practice recommendations have contributed to the preservation of family-based, system-focused prison programs and culturally-responsive practices within child welfare systems.
Dean Miller enjoys spending time with her family on the Oregon coastal shores and at Disney parks.
Chris is an Assistant Teaching Professor for the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice. In his role as Director of Field Education, he has the privilege of connecting students to practicum experiences in the field and watching them put into practice the concepts and teaching learned in the classroom. His interests include HIV/AIDS issues, LGBTQ rights and perspectives specifically trans and gender non-binary experiences. Prior to UWT, he worked in HIV medical case management in the South Sound. He remains committed to increasing access to HIV medications, care, and prevention for all as well as decreasing HIV-related stigma.
Rick has over 33 years of child welfare practice and management experience working in British Columbia, Canada, California and Washington. His expertise includes adolescent development and transitioning issues, leadership development, community engagement and partnership, policy and program development and implementation, and fiscal and contractual accountability.
He currently is the Director for the Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP) at the University of Washington, Tacoma (UWT). Prior to this position he was the Region 3 Director for the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence for UWT and prior to that, the statewide Adolescent Program Manager with DSHS Children's Administration. In this position he successfully implemented Passion to Action – the Department's first (and only) statewide youth advisory board. This board brought “authentic youth voice” into the development and implementation of policies and procedures affecting child welfare practice in Washington State. Rick also led the successful implementation of the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) bringing Washington State to the forefront as one of the leaders in the country for NYTD implementation.
Rick is very passionate about adolescents and transitioning youth. He is a strong ally and advocate in making sure all youth in foster care are given the necessary tools to be successful in adulthood.
In his free time Rick enjoys spending quality time with his 2 children. He has a love for the outdoors - biking, hiking, and kayaking and re-purposing old wood into new life.
Erin's current research is informed by a social work practice career encompassing intervention, prevention, and policy work related to sexual and intimate partner violence. Her research focuses on the primary prevention of gender-based violence and on engaging communities in prevention endeavors. Current projects include engaging men and boys as partners in gender-based violence prevention, engaging commuter campus communities in violence prevention, and supporting local community-based organizations to design and implement program evaluation.
Diana earned her doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2008. After graduation she worked in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY where she ultimately earned the rank of Associate Professor with tenure and served as the Department Chairperson for two years. After relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 2015, Diana held the position of Associate Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Society and Social Justice at Saint Martin’s University and served as the Director of their Gender and Identity Studies program. She joined the faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma and the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice in 2018 in the role of Assistant Teaching Professor. Since summer 2020, she has served as the Criminal Justice Division and Program Chair.
Diana’s research interests focus on public opinion, punitiveness, capital punishment, and criminal justice education. Her most recent publications include a study evaluating the impact of information on death penalty opposition (published in Crime & Delinquency) and a study assessing different teaching modalities (in-person versus hybrid/online classes) in criminal justice (published in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education). In 2021, the Washington State Legislature funded a project that Diana is collaborating on with two of her colleagues, Drs. Janelle Hawes and Erin Casey, which is conducting an evaluation of a community-immersion internship program for pre-academy police recruits. Diana is also collaborating with Dr. Hawes and the DEI Commander at a local police department, to conduct a climate survey and assess officer/departmental willingness to engage in diversity and equity work.
Diana is a devoted and impactful teacher and offers courses across the criminal justice curriculum. At UWT, she most commonly teaches TCRIM 370 – Police & Society, TCRIM 352 – Women and the Criminal Justice System, TCRIM 390 – Research Methods, TCRIM 395 – American Criminal Courts, TCRIM 156 – Miscarriages of Justice, and TCRIM 157 – Criminal Justice and the War on Drugs. Diana also collaborates with Dr. Jeff Cohen and offers study abroad programs for criminal justice students. Study abroad has been a significant part of her academic career and she has traveled with over 300 students to 12 different countries as part of faculty-led study abroad programs.
JaeRan Kim, Ph.D., MSW, (she/hers) is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice. She was a Title IV-E Doctoral Fellow and a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellow at the University of Minnesota. Prior to completing her doctoral degree, she worked with foster and adopted children and families and with adults with disabilities in residential care. Dr. Kim’s research is focused on the intersection of adoption and disabilities, in particular exploring disability, race, and transnational experiences for adoptees. Her research has explored the racial, ethnic, and adoption socialization practices of Korean American adoptee parents, the use of out-of-home care for adoptees and has examined the adoption histories of children in residential treatment, group homes and foster care in MN, the experiences of adoptive parents who placed an intercountry adopted child in out-of-home care, and the experiences of adult intercountry adoptees who had displaced adoptions in their childhood. Dr. Kim also researches the intersection of disability and social work, and explores the preparation and training of professional social workers. As a public scholar, Dr. Kim is passionate about engaging in community-based projects; her blog Harlow’s Monkey, which focuses on the transracial/transnational adoptee experience, is one of the longest-running transracial adoption blogs in the United States.
As the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice Administrator, Terri provides support and oversight in the areas of school operations, budget and academic human resources. Her interests center on helping to find creative and strategic solutions to pave the way for better experiences for students, faculty and staff. With a strong background in the areas of university advising, recruiting and student affairs, she’s a valuable resource to those she supports. Local to this area, Terri enjoys all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She especially loves spending quality time with her family.
Jeff joined the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice faculty in 2012, earning tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2017. He currently serves as Executive Director of UW Tacoma’s Office of Global Affairs, which includes International Student and Scholar Services, Fellowships and Awards, and Study Abroad. Jeff was selected as a 2020-21 Presidential Fellow with the Association of International Education Administrators. He also currently serves as President of the American Men's Studies Association, an international organization dedicated to the critical study of men and masculinities through a (pro)feminist lens. Jeff is a first-generation college student who earned a doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2009. He has taught courses across the criminal justice curriculum and in the Global Honors and Core programs. He has co-taught multiple criminal justice focused study abroad programs, including to South Korea, the Netherlands, and Ireland and Northern Ireland. Jeff's scholarship focuses on the criminalization of school bullying, intersections of gender, masculinities and crime, Integral theory, and the transformative impact of study abroad. His recent co-authored book "Criminology Explains School Bullying" (University of California Press) explores the application of criminological theory to school bullying, and is part of a 10-book series for which he serves as co-editor. He lives in Tacoma with his partner, two dogs, and chickens. In his spare time Jeff enjoys traveling, gardening, smoking delicious BBQ, hosting cookouts, and playing Catan.
Ken Cruz has a JD from the University of Connecticut and a PhD from the University of California, Irvine. He joined the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice as an Assistant Professor in 2019. Before he became an academic, he worked in social services for close to eight years as a crisis hotline worker, a behavioral health case manager and a direct care worker at a violence prevention group home. As a practitioner, he witnessed similar stressors endured by his clients in three different states and gained first-hand experience with our extremely overburdened and under-resourced social service systems. These experiences propelled him into academia to examine the structural forces that produce inequitable exposures to distress, trauma and violence. His current research examines practitioners’ experiences of community-based crime prevention, social control, racialized injustice, and transformative solutions. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking and playing percussions. He currently teaches Helping Skills in Criminal Justice, Criminological Theory and American Criminal Courts.
Eric Madﬁs, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Washington Tacoma, where his research focuses on the causes and prevention of school violence, hate crime, and mass murder. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Northeastern University in Boston, where he was a Research Associate at the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict. He often teaches courses on Criminological Theory, Sociology of Deviance and Social Control, Criminal Homicide, Juvenile Justice, and Diversity and Social Justice in Criminology.
As a nationally and internationally recognized expert on school and mass shootings, Dr. Madfis has spoken to audiences across the country and around the world about his research, including to the United States Congress. The Washington State Legislature utilized his research on the prevention of mass school shootings to inform the passage of a recent legislative mandate implementing non-biased threat assessment procedures in public schools across Washington state. He is the 2018 recipient of UW Tacoma's Distinguished Research Award.
His work has been published in Aggression and Violent Behavior, American Behavioral Scientist, Behavioral Sciences & the Law, Critical Criminology, Homicide Studies, The Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, The Journal of Hate Studies, The Journal of Psychology, Men and Masculinities, School Psychology Review, Social Justice, The Social Science Journal, Sociological Focus, Sociological Inquiry, Violence and Gender, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, and in various edited volumes. He served as co-editor of the February 2018 special issue of American Behavioral Scientist on "Media Coverage of Mass Killers." He is the author of How to Stop School Rampage Killing: Lessons from Averted Mass Shootings and Bombings and co-editor of the forthcoming book All American Massacre: The Tragic Role of American Culture and Society in Mass Shootings.
Randy Myers is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work & Criminal Justice at UW Tacoma. He received his PhD in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine in 2012. His scholarly interests include youth justice policy and practice, criminological theory, and theories of social control. His work has been published in Punishment & Society, Theoretical Criminology, and the British Journal of Criminology, among other outlets. At UW Tacoma, he regularly teaches courses such as Criminological Theory, Deviance & Social Control, and Adult Corrections. The best part of his job is meeting with students and talking to them about their lives and goals for the future.
In his spare time, he likes to explore the PNW with his young family, attempt to play the guitar, and read.
Barb Toews is Associate Professor in criminal justice at University of Washington Tacoma. Her research focuses on the relationships among criminal/restorative justice, architecture and environmental design, and psycho-social-behavioral-judicial outcomes for victims, offenders, and justice professionals. Her research is meant to inspire a justice architecture and environmental design that reflects restorative justice values and goals of accountability and healing. Her current focus is on the design of trauma-informed spaces for violence survivors. She actively collaborates with architects, designers, and landscape architects in her research.
Barb has numerous publications related to restorative justice, including its relationship to design. She is co-author, with Howard Zehr, of the forthcoming book, Still doing life: 22 lifers, 25 years later (The New Press) and Critical issues in restorative justice (2004). She is also author of Little book of restorative justice for people in prison (2006) and the current series editor of the Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding series (Good Books). Her collaboration with architect Deanna Van Buren, of Designing Justice+Designing Spaces, was featured in the By the People: Designing a Better America exhibit, curated for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York City.
For almost two decades prior to becoming faculty, Barb held leadership positions in restorative and criminal justice non-profit organizations. This included two community-based victim-offender dialogue programs as well as an agency that advocated and provided services for incarcerated people and their families, holding a position in which she developed and facilitated restorative justice programs in collaboration with incarcerated men and women. She is an experienced victim-offender dialogue facilitator in both non-violent and violent crimes.
Barb holds a PhD in Social Work and Social Research from Bryn Mawr College and a Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation (with a focus on restorative justice) from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University.
Sam is an MSW alumni class of 2004 from University of Washington Tacoma. She has been a social worker for 24 years in community, government, and private sector settings. She has had her LICSW since 2008. Her specialized work experience includes: Gerontology, Traumatic Brain Injury, Family Caregiver Supports, Veteran and Military services, Medicaid and Medicare systems, Medical Social Work, and Home and Community based settings in Washington State. She is proud to work at her alma mater with the future generations of social work graduates.
Anindita Bhattacharya is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice at the University of Washington-Tacoma. She received her Master of Arts in Social Work (MSW) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. Subsequently, she worked as a social worker serving women living with serious mental illness in psychiatric institutions in India. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University School of Social Work. Her current research integrates feminist perspectives to examine social and cultural determinants of women’s mental health and improve care through the development of culturally and contextually adapted interventions. Anindita has expertise in qualitative, mixed-methods, and community-based participatory research methods and brings a global and social justice perspective on social work in both her research and teaching.
Charles A. Emlet, Ph.D, MSW, LCSW (ret.) is Professor of Social Work at the University of Washington, Tacoma and Affiliate faculty with the UW Center for AIDS Research. He is Adjunct Professor with the University of Washington Seattle School of Social Work. A fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Emlet has published approximately 90 journal articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of The Gerontologist and the Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services. He has coauthored two books, In Home Assessment of Older Adults: An Interdisciplinary approach (2nd ed., 2007) and HIV/AIDS and Older Adults: Challenges for individuals, families and communities (2004). Currently his is a co-investigator on Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, Sexuality and Gender Study and Aging with Pride: IDEA (Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action) a random control trail intervention for LGBT older adults with dementia and their caregivers. Both studies are funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging. In 2013 he was a Fulbright Scholar at McMaster University, conducting research on long term HIV survivors in Ontario Canada and their strategies for successful aging. Dr. Emlet has received numerous awards including the UWT Distinguished Research Award in 2004 and the UWT Distinguished Community Engagement Award in 2016. Dr. Emlet was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare in 2020.
Rich Furman, MFA, MSW, PhD, is the author or editor of over 18 books, including a collection of flash nonfiction/prose poems, Compañero (Main Street Rag, 2007). Other books include Detaining the Immigrant Other: Global and Transnational Issues (Oxford University Press, 2016), Social Work Practice with Men at Risk (Columbia University Press, 2010), and Practical Tips for Publishing Scholarly Articles (Oxford University Press, 2012). His work has been published in Another Chicago Magazine, Hippocampus, Bluestem, Chiron Review, Sweet, Hawai’i Review, Pearl, Coe Review, The Evergreen Review, Black Bear Review, Red Rock Review, Sierra Nevada Review, New Hampshire Review, Penn Review, and many others. He is professor of social work at University of Washington Tacoma. A qualitative researcher whose work is situated on the boundary between the expressive arts and the social sciences, he is one of the pioneers of poetic inquiry. He received his MFA in creative nonfiction from Queens University Charlotte’s MFA-Latin America program. He is, or has been in former incarnations, a punk, dishwasher, laminator, photographer, dad, social worker, busboy, chemical-spill cleaner, telemarketer, Time/Life bookseller, dance club bouncer and dog petter. Petting dogs is what he does, and enjoys, best.
Social work is the nexus of concern for improving individual and collective well-being with physical and mental health and social justice implications. This core mission is what attracted me to the field and now unifies and guides my teaching, research, service, and clinical practice.
I am a scientist-practitioner clinician, trained in behavioral health and medicine. After earning my MSW, I worked for years as a clinician and researcher in varied venues and with multiple populations prior to and during my doctoral education. I am a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) and a member of the NASW academy of certified social workers (ACSW). Having joined the UWT faculty in 2006, I now teach practice and theory classes at the bachelors and masters levels, a role I am thoroughly enjoying. I have continued my private practice, which invigorates my teaching by keeping me grounded in my skills and current with practice issues.
I have a health services research orientation in my research and scholarship. As such, my interests are broader than the study of specific populations and lay in seeking to understand and improve common processes of health and social services. Specifically, I am interested in how services are organized for delivery, clinically active aspects of contexts and service providers, and potent content of provided services along with how these things effect who receives services, and how effective and efficient they are. My research and scholarship accordingly center upon:
Empirical outcomes evaluation of health and social service programs and novel psychosocial or structural interventions. Translational science and analytical analyses to conceptualize and improve provider behavior and intervention content for effectiveness at point of services, including preparation of professional social workers and lay community volunteers.
I bring enthusiasm for the profession and my work into the classroom and am contemplative about how to make this enthusiasm contagious!
Marian S. Harris, Ph.D., ACSW, LICSW is a Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma, Social Work and Criminal Justice Program and Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Washington, School of Social Work, Seattle. Dr. Harris is a Faculty Associate at the Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor and Research Advisor for the Smith College School of Social Work, Northampton, MA. She is a former Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work. Dr. Harris was awarded an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship and completed a two year postdoctoral training program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Social Work. She received her Ph.D. from the Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA.
Among the awards she received at Smith College were the following: Bertha Capen Reynolds Fellowship, Roger R. Miller Dissertation Grant, and a SAMSA Clinical Training Award. Dr. Harris is a former consultant for the U.S. Children's Bureau. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who has a private practice for psychotherapy and consultation in Tacoma, WA. She is the former Chair of the Pubic Policy Council, Children's Alliance of WA. She serves on Human Subjects Review Committee G at the University of Washington as well as the Human Subjects Review Committee for Casey Family Programs in Seattle and is a Consultant for Casey. She is a member of numerous professional organizations.
Her research and publications have focused primarily on issues of mothers who have children in the child welfare system including substance abuse problem severity, attachment typology, parental stress, child maltreatment, extended family support, race and family structure, and disproportionality of children of color in the child welfare system, especially African American children. Recent honors include: 2007- Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteer Recognition/Community Service Award, University of Washington, Seattle and honored as one of 2007 UW Distinguished Women; 2006- Certificate of Appreciation for Mental Health Transformation in the State of Washington by Governor Gregoire; Who's Who Among America's Teachers-2004-05; Academic Keys- 2004; Who's Who in Social Sciences Higher Education-2004; Who's Who of American Women- 2004-05, 2007-08; and 2004-Social Worker of the Year Award, Washington State Chapter, National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Harris was recently appointed by the Tacoma City Council to serve on the Citizens Review Panel for the Tacoma Police Department; she is the Vice-Chair of the Citizens Review Panel; she is a Co-Chair for the Washington State Advisory Committee for Disproportionality.
Ronnie's social work career spans 35 years of combined experiences in behavioral health practice and university teaching in Guam, Hawaii and the State of Washington. Guided by his practice and educational experiences, Ronnie’s teaching focuses on community behavioral health and neurodevelopmental disabilities practice. Particularly of interest to him are neurodiversity, recovery, policy and clinical social work practice. He earned both his MSW with a behavioral health concentration in 1990 and PhD in Social Welfare in 1998 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He serves at the Coordinator of the UW Tacoma Simon Family Endowment Autism MSW Fellowship program and supervises MSW students in agencies serving neurodevelopmentally disabled adults.
Claudia Sellmaier joined the Social Work and Criminal Justice faculty in 2015. She received her social work degree in Germany and practiced social work mainly with homeless youth both in Germany and the United States for over seven years. Her teaching focuses on the role of macro contexts such as policies, communities, and institutions in social work practice and social work education. In her research Claudia examines economic security and work-life fit at the intersection of disability, gender and community resources. She also looks at social work education and professional development in the context of disability both nationally and internationally.
Hermenia Butler earned her BA in Psychology and her MSW from the University of Washington. She is also a graduate of the Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP).
Ms. Butler began her social work career over 20 years ago as a counselor at a juvenile rehabilitation facility working with incarcerated youth. After receiving her MSW in 1998, Ms. Butler obtained a job with Washington State’s Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). Over the years, she worked in several programs including Child Protective Services and Child and Family Welfare Services, first as a social worker then CFWS Supervisor, Area Administrator and most recently as the Regional Programs Administrator covering all 13 counties in Region 3. Her expertise includes curriculum development and training to help address the issues of Racial Disproportionality and Father Engagement within the DCYF.
Keli Drake joined the Social Work Program faculty in 2015. She has over 18 years of practice experience in Washington State public child welfare services. Prior to coming to UWT, Keli was the statewide Child Protective Services Program Manager and Policy Manager with DSHS Department of Children, Youth and Families.
Mahealani (pronounced MAH-HAY-YAH-LAH-KNEE) Kalilikane graduated from University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2001 with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and Communication and then completed a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2005. She began her social work profession in 1994 working with foster care youth in a non-profit agency in Hawaii, and then moved to Tacoma, Washington where she continued to work with the foster care population. Ms. Kalilikane began her work with Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Department of Children, Youth and Families in 2004 and held social work positions in Child Family Welfare Services, Child Health Education Tracking, Afterhours and Adoption.
Ms. Kalilikane joined the University of Washington Tacoma Social Work Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP) in June 2015 where she serves as a faculty field instructor for CWTAP students engaged in the achievement of their MSW degree. In her role, she is responsible for educating and training students in the master’s in social work degree program while preparing them to gain and maintain permanent social work positions within the Department of Children, Youth and Families.
Moniquetra Slater, MSW is one of four Field Instructors for the Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP) here at UW Tacoma. She is both proud and honored to be able to work for CWTAP and the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice, and believes this is her way of giving back to the programs that helped to mold and develop her social work career. Ms. Slater graduated from UW Tacoma in 2008 with her Masters of Social Work degree and was a CWTAP graduate herself. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University, where she also completed minors in Sociology and Religion. Ms. Slater has been working with children and families since 2002, including work as a Children’s Mental Health Counselor and as a Child Welfare Social Worker with the State of Washington. During her time with the State Ms. Slater worked in the following programs: Family Voluntary Services, Tribal Payment Liaison, Adoptions, Child and Family Welfare Services, and in Indian Child Welfare as both a front-line worker and supervisor.
Ms. Slater is very passionate about providing best-practice services to children and families. This involves working diligently to build appropriate rapport and effectively engaging with everyone who has a vested interest in the success of the family.
“Children and families need to know that you care, not only by hearing us say it, but by showing them through our efforts to improve their situation. One must work consistently to diminish the inherent power imbalance that the helping professional has over the case plan by incorporating both the client’s own needs and personal concerns in order for a successful, lasting resolution to occur.”
-M. Slater, MSW 2016
Ms. Slater is a staunch advocate for UW Tacoma students, the campus as a whole, and the surrounding communities. She believes her current role is both an honor and privilege, affording her an opportunity to serve & encourage others with like desires to make positive change in society. Ms. Slater is hopeful that her status as a BIPOC woman & educator will help to encourage current/future students to aspire to be on the front lines of social change.
Ms. Slater’s interests include equitable and inclusive public child welfare practices, investing in childhood resiliency, supporting appropriate & adequate community mental health services, and active participation in social advocacy efforts (especially those that affect BIPOC communities). She is the proud dog-mom to a 130-lb. pit-bull mix named Seamus, who is definitely the light of her life. Her 5-year goals include: Learning to actively incorporate more mindfulness activities into all of her daily routines and achieving a licensed independent clinical social worker status.
Paripa is a Program Coordinator at the SSWCJ who provide administrative, fiscal, and time schedule curriculum support to students, faculty, and staff. She enjoys creating and maintaining effective working relationships as well as developing and maintaining spreadsheet systems. Paripa holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Washington Seattle. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, spending time with her family and her dog, going on food adventures, and playing strategic board games and video games with friends.