Ocean Currents 3/23/21
Upcoming Events for the Decadal Review
This spring the School will dive deep into the process of writing our internal report for the decadal review. There will be a set of open events in order to get everyone's input on a variety of topics; stay tuned for times and Zoom links. In addition, every other Friday we will meet at 1:30 for a "UW 101" type seminar. The first will be Friday, April 2, and the topic will be "Decadal Review 101". Other seminars will focus on University and departmental finances.
Moving past the Pandemic
Everyone should have received an email from UW outlining our communal response to the state moving into new phases of pandemic recovery. Just a reminder that even once you are vaccinated, masks are still required on campus and keeping each other safe remains our paramount concern. The statewide list of COVID restrictions can be found here.
The Spring Race Talk is tackling Seattle, Anti-Asian racism, and the Pacific Northwest's brand of “cold racism,” a topic we feel is pertinent given the events of the last year and the recent uptick in hate crimes directed at the Asian American community. To avoid conflicts with departmental classes and regularly scheduled events, we will meet every other Tuesday at 3 p.m. starting on April 6. We are keeping the book club format from Winter Quarter where each person selects a book to read and we spend part of each session discussing our books with our fellow readers. There are four books to choose from:
• The River That Made Seattle (UW ebook)
• They Called Us Enemy by George Takei and Justin Eisinger (Seattle Public Library - Hoopla)
• Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong (UW ebook)
• The Myth of the Model Minority by Rosalind Chou and Joe Feagin (UW ebook)
Please sign up for at least one book, at this link. A suggested reading goal for the first meeting is included on this spreadsheet so that you can get started reading right away.
Also, if you plan to join us, please register at this link. Everyone is welcome, even if you haven't been able to join us before! We look forward to engaging with these topics this spring.
As we adjust to a difficult new normal, how to help ourselves and others can be unclear. Here’s a resource provided by the UW that may be of help: Working during COVID-19/Caring for self and family/Self care.