The Class of 2021

Members of the Class of 2021 can hold their heads high as survivors and achievers. Through pandemic and polemic, they have completed the next stage of their journeys through life. We present a sampling of their stories.

June 10, 2021

The Subtle Influencer

Taylor Owens wants to use her criminal justice degree to address the ongoing tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

June 10, 2021

Service to Family and Military

Renée Guzman knows what it is like to grow up as a military child, from a family for whom service is a calling. With her degree in social welfare, she hopes to carry that service forward.

June 10, 2021

“I Can Do Something to Change That”

Growing up in Puyallup as part of the immigrant community and as the daughter of the owners of a popular restaurant, Margarita Gonzalez learned early that she could succeed with the help of those around her.

June 10, 2021

Dr. Charles Emlet: Developing an age-friendly Puyallup

After 25 years of social work practice in the field, much of which had been and still is centered around older adults and LGBTQ+ individuals, Dr. Charles Emlet came to UW Tacoma in 1999 and has been teaching social work practice, research methods, spirituality in social work and aging gerontology ever since. During our Feb. Collaboratory drive, we were able to reach out to and speak with Dr. Emlet about the work he’s doing in our community.

May 10, 2021

The Monstrous

Some monsters hide under beds or in sewer drains. Most, however, live inside us. Ingrid Walker and Dustin Annis talk about the role of the monstrous imagination in culture and politics.

October 30, 2020

A Giant Leap

Every student's journey to a degree is unique, and the great leap they take into the world beyond. Read about four 2020 grads: from psychology to cybersecurity to space!

September 16, 2020