2013 Authors

Ariana Bengtsson is currently a student at the University of Washington Bothell and will be graduating from the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences in June 2014.  She is working to complete a B.A. in Law, Economics and Public Policy and a minor in Human Rights. She is currently interning at JAMS, a company that specializes in alternative dispute resolution, and is in the application process for law school. She is presently pursuing research about the relationship between technology and human rights. A Seattle native, Ariana enjoys exploring, hiking and enjoying the outdoors of Western Washington.

Edie Bernhardt is a senior earning her B.A. in Community Psychology. She also holds a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She would like to pursue an advanced degree next year but still does not know exactly what that path will look like. She’s very interested in social-justice issues such as education reform and sex education, in particular: preventing gendered violence and promoting gender equity; mental-health advocacy;  feminist, social, community, and systems psychology; labor issues and alternatives to capitalism; reforming our criminal justice system and correcting some of the power imbalances we have come to accept as normal in our society.

Darryl Nevels graduated from the University of Washington Bothell in 2012 with a major in Environmental Science. He is currently working towards a graduate degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Technology at the University of Southern California. Darryl became interested in using GIS to solve environmental and spatial issues during an expedition to Ecuador while studying and conducting research. He plans on continuing research and looks forward to applying GIS towards improving the relationship between people and the environment.

Bobbie Khanna will graduate with honors from the University of Washington Bothell in Spring Quarter 2013 with a degree in Society, Ethics and Human Behavior and minor in Human Rights.  She plans to take a year off after graduation before she continues her education by going to law school.  Her inspiration for law school comes from her eighteen year old daughter and her experiences with injustices and inequalities that exist for people with special needs within society.  She hopes to draw from these experiences to help others in a legal capacity obtain their rights within the educational and justice system.

As an undergraduate at the University of Washington Bothell, Kayla Francisco is double majoring in Community Psychology and Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior and double minoring in Human Rights and Education. She plans to graduate in June of 2014. Her research interests are domestic abuse, and violent-crime victim support and recovery. By researching these topics, she supports and justifies the means of safety. Her current goal is to pursue a Masters of Cultural Studies at UWB, and her long-term goal is to educate supporting agencies on the harm that cultures revolving around domestic abuse and violent crime go through for supporting options.

Carolyn Stapp will graduate from the University of Washington Bothell in Fall 2014 with a double major in Community Psychology and Environmental Studies as well as a minor in Ecological Restoration. She has served as a leader in many environmental groups including the Snohomish County Natural Resources program and volunteers with a local women’s shelter.  She and her husband, who is also graduating from UW Bothell with a Community Psychology degree, have a beautiful 6-year old daughter. Her future goals include working with sufferers of PTSD and incorporating encounters in nature as part of the therapeutic process.

Eric Irons is a former student of the University of Washington, Bothell campus and will complete his undergraduate studies in Fall 2013 with a Bachelor of Sciences in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and a minor in Russian Language. With a deep interest in the disciplines of microbiology and Central Asian studies, Eric combines these diverse subjects in both his education and research. He is currently in the process of applying to medical school for a combined MD/PhD degree, and hopes to one day translate his laboratory research into novel treatments for various genetic diseases and cancer.


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