General Studies 101
Summer Quarter 2007

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Donna Bolima-Yamada

"Be the change you want to see" --Mahatma Ghandi

Academics is hard work... College is usally a rude awakening for students with the realization that it will be hard work, very different from high school life and way more demanding. But there is good news --it is doable hard work.

I began my academic journey at the University of Washington as a single Mom of two. It was especially challenging to readjust to an urban pace and demands after 10 years of life in a tiny fishing village in Alaska. Yet it was in this village that I took my first college course, telecommuting remotely, plugging in to the college with six other small villages throughout Southeast Alaska. It was a rare, but exciting experience!

After entering the UW as an undergraduate, my various jobs included work with Women's Studies as a T.A. and occasional lecturer, a tutor for the U.W. Huskies, and in 1985 work with the U.W. Office of Minority Affairs Writing Center. In 1988, I also began working with both the U.W. and N.S.C.C. Upward Bound Programs as a summer instructor, and later as the sole the academic year instructor for U.W. U.B.  Currently, I am also an associate faculty for Cascadia Community College and adjunct faculty for Western Washington University.

I completed my U.W. degrees in English (Writing Emphasis) and Gender Studies, and a M.Ed. (multicultural focus). My pedagogical emphasis centers on transformational education and levels of social justice. As scheduling allows, I am taking Doctoral courses in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership.