2009 Authors

Dustin Sewell once had a drill instructor tell him that in times of adversity people do not rise to the occasion, but sink to their level of training. Thanks to the University of Washington-Bothell, as of June 2009, he finds himself better equipped to take on new challenges. He majored in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences: Society, Ethics and Human Behavior program and minored in Human Rights. To further pursue his love of global socio-cultural studies, Dustin is currently attending a comparable interdisciplinary graduate program at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Brian Ritter is a graduate student in the Master of Education program at UW Bothell, and will graduate in the spring of 2010. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, and currently enjoys a career in Human Resources. He is a dedicated life-long learner with a short-term goal of being selected to participate in the new UW Bothell Leadership MBA program. From a personal perspective, he is interested in high school dropout prevention, public school funding inequities, and literacy development programs. From a professional perspective, he is interested in transforming public K-12 education to help ensure the United States remains globally competitive in business throughout the 21st Century and beyond; specifically regarding math, science, and their associated technologies.

Melody Hearten-Johnson graduated from the UW Bothell with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with a concentration in American Studies and a minor in Human Rights in September of 2009. She currently works in a nationally recognized program in Boston called MATCH Corps. MATCH Corps’ mission is to bridge the intergenerational achievement gap in low-income urban youth in the Boston area. It is a one year residential tutoring program that will help Melody gain insight into the workings of our education system. Upon completing her fellowship, she plans to attend law school and build a legal career in family law and civil rights.

Carl Larson graduated in Spring 2009 from UWB with a BA in Marketing. Previous to UWB, he served with the U.S. Army as a Combat Engineer in Germany & Iraq. During the initial OIF invasion and immediately thereafter in 2003 and 2004, he first learned the importance of a small region of the world known as Palestine from Iraqi translators. Research conducted on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was initially only to better defend his country’s actions, but soon served to convince him that there is something very wrong with the U.S.’s foreign policy, and that the U.S.’s relationship with Israel is closely tied to many other critical issues. Believing that any thinking person could not help but be swayed by a cursory examination of the full story, he hopes his marketing training will allow him to help bring the issue to the forefront of American consciousness. When Carl is not tilting at political windmills, he spends his time studying, riding motorcycles and traveling with his wife.

Diane Belleba completed her University of Washington-Bothell undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Science in 2006 after spending more than 15 years raising her two boys and serving for more than 10 years in elementary aged children’s ministry. She currently anticipates a June completion of Bothell’s K-8 teacher certification program. Ms. Belleba hopes to extend the joy of learning in a teaching position sharing the value of empathy with the school and extended community. Ms. Belleba wishes to thank Dr. Diane Gillespie for her generous contribution of time, personal interest, and in-depth understanding of this relevant topic. Her mentorship is what made this article possible.


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