Interested in working for a Global Non-profit?

UW Alumni Panel – Careers in International Non-Profit (with founders of local Seattle NGOs)

Tuesday, February 28th 
Thomson Hall 317
No registration required


Join us for a lunchtime discussion with UW alumni Rick Montgomery (’88 BA, International Studies) and Samantha Rayner (’08 BA, Business), who founded their own NGOs in the Seattle Area. Learn about their career paths and what led them to founding these global organizations, as well as internship and volunteer opportunities.


Bio for Rick Montgomery, founder of Global Roots (children’s charity organization):

After graduating from the UW’s Jackson School of International Studies in 1988, Rick took a job in southern China but the rampant destruction of Pearl River ecosystems and the endless migration of child labor from the hinterlands inspired Rick to change directions. He roamed the world as a travel writer and tour guide until he met Tendol Gyalzur, a Tibetan woman who has adopted more than 250 desperate children on the Tibetan Plateau. Rick realized that he could bring about great change by seeking out and helping local humanitarians like Tendol in distressed places all over the world.


Bio for Samantha Rayner, founder of Lumana (microfinance organization):

Sammie implemented the pilot micro-credit program that marked the inception of Lumana in 2008, which occurred through meeting members of the Atorkor Development Foundation in Ghana. She has been the driver of Lumana’s strategic expansion ever since. Sammie is Lumana’s operations director, overseeing the implementation of programs and communication between teams in Ghana and the US as well as managing the organization’s finance and accounting systems. In addition to keeping the back-end in check, Sammie loves introducing new people to Lumana, maintaining relationships with supporters and encouraging young people to get involved in social entrepreneurship through Lumana’s Fellows Program. Sammie has a BA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business with a focus on international business and French. Sammie began her path toward founding Lumana when looking for ways to use her business degree to do good in the world. She was struck by the powerful concept of microfinance and wanted to be a part of spreading it to rural areas in Africa where there was – and still is – a great need for funding.


During this upcoming lunch-time chat, Rick and Samantha will answer any questions you might have about global aid work and explain why you should never be afraid to “knock on the doors that keep you from your destiny.”

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Spring Internship

If you are looking for a spring internship and you are interested in learning more about the power of digital media and helping young citizens engage in their communities, please see the attached announcement about “Becoming Citizens: Engaging Youth in Politics.”

The internship is 5 credits, requires 15 hours per week on site, and includes a weekly seminar on Tuesdays from 430-620pm. If you would like to learn more, attend the orientation on Friday, March 2, at 4pm in 126 CMU. To RSVP or if you have questions, contact Catarina Rost at

To learn more about Becoming Citizens, go to

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Spring 2012 Academic Achievement courses

THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON’S ACADEMIC SUPPORT PROGRAM is offering four different sections Spring Quarter 2012 titled, “Immigration and Higher Education: What is an American?”, “Genetic Engineering: Moral and Ethical Issues”, “Identity and Graphic Novels: Visual Storytelling” and “Race, Class and Gender in Sports Media”.These courses are great for freshmen, sophomore, and transfer students who are interested in improving their academic performance. Through these courses, students will be presented with interesting course material and will learn strategies to improve their note-taking, essay writing, reading, and study skills. As a part of the course, students will meet with a tutor-mentor three hours per week to work on class assignments and learn about university resources.  

General Studies 101 A: Immigration and Higher Education: What is an American?

  • ·         SLN 14071
  • ·         3 credits, numerically graded, W credit
  • ·         Class meets on Tuesdays from 2:30PM-4:20PM
  • ·         Meet with a tutor-mentor for 3 hours/week


General Studies 101 B: Genetic Engineering: Moral and Ethical Issues

  • ·         SLN  14072
  • ·         3 credits, numerically graded, W credit
  • ·         Class meets on Wednesdays 2:30PM – 4:20PM
  • ·         Meet with a tutor-mentor for 3 hours/week


General Studies 101 C: Race, Class and Gender in Sports Media

  • ·         SLN 14073
  • ·         3 credits, numerically graded, W credit
  • ·         Class meets on Wednesdays  11:30AM – 1:20PM
  • ·         Meet with a tutor-mentor for 3 hours/week


General Studies 101 D: Identity and Graphic Novels: Visual Storytelling

  • ·         SLN 14074
  • ·         3 credits, numerically graded, W credit
  • ·         Class meets on Tuesdays  11:30AM – 1:20PM
  • ·         Meet with a tutor-mentor for 3 hours/week


To request an add code, please contact Anne Browning at

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‘The Little Heart’ screening + Panel Discussion

Come join the UW Women’s Center for a free screening of the “The Little Heart” followed by a panel discussion on gender-based violence in Vietnam.

The Little Heart’ screening + Panel Discussion

Hosted by the University of Washington, Women’s Center


Monday, March 5, 2012 at 3:30pm in Parrington Hall Room 108


Event Details: Free screening of “The Little Heart”, a feature film produced by the Vietnamese Film Cooperation in Vietnam that tells the story of a young woman subjected to violence in her home and is trafficked from her rural community into prostitution in Ho Chi Minh City.

A description of the film can be found here.

Film length: 98 minutes and shown in Vietnamese with English subtitles


Following the film, there will be a panel discussion/Q&A with representatives from the Centre for Studies and Applied Science in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents (CSAGA) in Vietnam regarding their work on behalf of the LGBT community and gender-based violence in Vietnam.

To learn more, please click here for their website.

What: Film Screening + Panel Discussion

Where: Parrington Hall Rm. 108

When: Monday, March 5th at 3:30pm

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Johnna White


Panelists: Ms. Nguyen Van Anh, Chairwoman of Foundation Committee, Ms. Nguyen Thu Loan, and Ms. Bui Thi Thanh Hoa

Speaker Bio: Ms. Van Anh started Vietnam’s first domestic violence hotline in 1997.  She founded CSAGA in 2001 through which she has organized multiple workshops and programs on domestic violence prevention, women’s empowerment, and volunteerism.  She created Vietnam’s first network of volunteers to support victims of domestic violence, and has successfully engaged local communities and political leaders in awareness-raising and prevention efforts.  Ms. Van Anh is an alumna of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitors Program and was honored as an outstanding alumna by the State Department in August of 2011 for her ongoing work.  Ms. Van Anh is also featured in “Women Who Light the Dark”, a wonderful book on women activists around the world that was published by UNESCO and features gorgeous photos by Paola Gianturco.

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Scholarship Opportunity

The Class of 1957 Scholar Award is sponsored by the UW Alumni Class of 1957 to provides scholarship support to outstanding undergraduate students at the University of Washington.

Eligible Students must be:

  1. Sophomores, juniors or seniors as of autumn quarter 2011; graduating seniors are not eligible unless they are intend to enroll as a full-time student summer or fall quarter 2012;
  2. Have a 3.3 minimum grade point average;
  3. Financial need as indicated by the Financial Aid Office; and
  4. Able to demonstrate academic merit through involvement in activities relevant to their academic, career and/or professional goals.  Appropriate activities can be research, internships, study abroad or other experiential activities.

Additional information can be found at the following URL.  The scholarship application is via Catalyst.


Application: .

Deadline:  Thursday, April 5, 2012

The UW Class of 1954 Achievement Scholarship will be awarded to outstanding students at the University of Washington (UW) who, by their achievements and goals, enrich society and themselves.

Eligible students must be:

  1. Juniors and seniors as of autumn quarter 2011,
  2. Have a 3.3 minimum grade point average,
  3. Financial need as indicated by the Financial Aid Office, and
  4. Able to demonstrate involvement in and relevance of extra-curricular activities to their academic, career and/or professional goals.  Activities can be research, internships, study abroad, service, leadership or other experiential activities.

Additional information can be found on the following URL. The scholarship application is via Catalyst.



Deadline: Thursday, April 5, 2012

For additional information, please contact the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards.

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SPRING Course- Internships in the Public or Non-profit sectors

General Studies 350 Section F: Working in Community: Making Connections through a Non-Profit Internship 

3 credits (credit/no credit)
Course meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 pm-3:50 pm in MGH 258.

Course description: Are you engaged in a non-profit or public sector internship? Interested in exploring your internship work in the context of community action, global citizenship, professional development, academic inquiry, and personal growth?
This course allows you to come together with international students studying at the University of Washington through the Thematic Studies Abroad (TSA) Progam – Global Studies, Local Service to contextualize your internship work.  As a complement to your internship work, you will read about and discuss concepts of global citizenship and leadership, consider theories behind community-campus partnerships, closely connect your internship to your academic work through a research product for your internship organization, and engage in future academic and personal planning.

Interested? Email Francesca Lo at for more information and an add code.  In your email, please include your name, class standing, current internship involvement, and 2 primary goals for this class.

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Spring Quarter 2012: “Digital Storytelling and Community Leadership”

GEN ST 349 (3 credits, Credit/No Credit)
Meets Tuesdays 4:30pm-6:20pm, Mary Gates Hall 206
Course size: 25
Add-Code Required – Apply at
Questions? Email

Digital Storytelling and Community Leadership is a three-credit course designed for students with some form of previous service-learning experience. This course will utilize the teaching and learning method of Digital Storytelling to examine local community organizations and the role they play in addressing social issues and community needs. Students will work in teams to create a digital story about a local community organization, 3-5 minutes in length, that reflects the organization’s mission, services, and impact, from an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) perspective. The learning objectives for each student to achieve by the completion of this course are: to understand narrative construction and storytelling techniques; to critically examine community development and the ABCD theory; to gain a beginner’s level competency of online video production; and to manage the production process of a 3-5 minute digital story in partnership with a community organization through to completion. The course will conclude with a public viewing on campus of the Digital Stories.

Interest and experience in serving the community is essential. Digital video production experience is a plus, but not required.

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