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UW alum’s Community for Youth video highlights grads and students

 
UW alum and Information School Guest Faculty Greg Hay has released a short-documentary on Community for Youth, a local nonprofit that provides mentors for inner-city kids facing significant challenges. It’s an inspiring video and includes a few comments from former UW men’s basketball star Nate Robinson.

Community for Youth has a presence in three Seattle high schools—Rainier Beach, Cleveland and Chief Sealth—and celebrates its students that progress to the University of Washington. Recent Community for Youth and UW graduates include Biniyam Berhe and Vanny Chham (both UW ’07), while Samuel Martin, Marcell Buckner and Jonathan Amosa are current UW students pursuing degrees.

“Non-profits have been hit pretty hard in the past few years with the economic downturn and that includes Community for Youth,” Hay says. “I hope to raise awareness of this organization, as it has helped many troubled kids find success. My goal is to get 10,000 people to view the short-documentary before the end of January.”

Take a look, you’ll love it. And enjoy this week’s Dawg Treats: 

  • Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large writes about the late Sam Kelly’s new autobiography, written with UW history professor Quintard Taylor. Dr. Kelly was the UW’s first vice president for minority affairs.
  • A survey by UW Associate Professor of Social Work Taryn Lindhorst shows that women who have left their abusive husbands and fled with their children to the U.S., half the time our court system sends the children back, usually to their fathers.
  • UW alum Norm Rice was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Council for Community Solutions, which will look at the best ways citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government can work together to solve specific community needs.

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Black Panther movie “Night Catches Us” produced by UW alum Ron Simons

Night Catches Us, a new film about the Black Panthers produced by UW alumni Ron Simons, will be released by Magnolia Pictures on Dec. 3. Written and directed by Tanya Hamilton, it premiered at Sundance 2010 and was an Official Selection.

This is the first feature film produced by SimonSays Entertainment, Inc., which Simons founded in 2009 to tell the stories, fables and narratives of under-represented communities. Simons left Microsoft Mail’s marketing division to earn his Master of Fine Arts in Drama from the UW in 2001. He now lives in New York City.

It’s 1976 and Marcus (Anthony Mackie) returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. He quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced and must protect a deep secret that could shatter everyone’s beliefs. For more, see the official movie site.

Night Catches Us will be screened Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Cinebarre in Mountlake Terrace. The screening will raise money for the UW School of Drama Career Entry Endowment Fund and is co-sponsored by the UW School of Drama and the Graduate School. More info in this University Week story written by Elizabeth Lowry.

Now, on to this week’s Dawg Treats:

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Charter schools are just one of the options, dean says

Tom Stritikus, dean of the UW College of Education, addressed in a recent Seattle Times op-ed the growing interest in charter schools. He references the new documentary “Waiting for Superman,” in which director Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvient Truth”) tells the tale of an American education system that caters to adults and not children. Stritikus sees the movie’s buzz as an opportunity to talk teacher training and quality.

A former Teach for America corps member, Stritikus says, “I know firsthand that many of today’s youth aren’t getting a quality education. But can charter schools alone fix this problem?” Washington voters rejected a charter school initiative in 2004, but Stritikus believes it is time to re-approach that decision. He says teachers must represent and respect the diverse landscape in which they’ll work. Charter schools are just one of the options needed to face the challenge, he concludes.

Read the op-ed by Stritikus, and make room for this week’s Dawg Treats:

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Asian American women are leading the way at UW

This is a fantastic photo for every reason. Taken by George Liu of the Northwest Asian Weekly, it shows, from left, UW Alumni Association President Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, University of Washington Interim President Phyllis Wise, and UW Student Regent Frances Youn.

The Weekly says this trio “represents a paradigm shift in leadership for America.”  A UW Alumni Association president who is a Japanese American, a UW interim president who is also Chinese American, and a UW student regent who is a Korean American. And all three of them are women.

The University of Washington community is proud of its diversity. Here is another shining example.

Photo by George Liu, Northwest Asian Weekly.

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