Languages, Cultures, and Race

How Chinese pioneers helped build the Pacific Northwest

Though often surprising to people today, Chinese immigrants once had a thriving population in the Inland Pacific Northwest. From their earliest days searching for gold to their later work constructing the Northern Pacific Railway, the Chinese endured discrimination and, in many cases, extreme brutality. How it began When word came that gold had been discovered […]

Meet the new faculty of fall 2021

Meet the college’s newest faculty, whose scholarly expertise and interests—from transnational geographies to transgender studies, culturally relevant music to immigration law, and mind and body awareness to fluids in the Earth’s crust—enrich and expand the arts and sciences at WSU.

Making a difference

The 2021 WSU President’s Awards for Leadership and Engagement Award of Distinction (LEAD) recognized 17 CAS students and a faculty member for outstanding contributions across our diverse campus communities. “This is a prestigious award that recognizes…the ways they give back to the community and empower others,” said Phillip Sinapati, ASWSU advisor and

Spanish students read for literacy project

When COVID-19 restrictions derailed her Spanish for Health Profession class’s regular partnership with local health and dental clinics to provide translation services, WSU Vancouver’s Cassandra Gulam quickly pivoted the scope of the service-learning project to aid the South Sound Reading Foundation (SSRF). Located in near by Lacey, Wash., SSRF provides family education programming and reading […]

Pre-law, Spanish major earns Congressional internship

Daniela Carvajal-Macias, a junior pre-law student majoring in Spanish, has been selected for a National High School Equivalency Program/CAMP Association Congressional Internship. Over the summer, she will work with Arizona Representative Raúl Grijalva, who has served his congressional district since 2003. “I am super excited and a little nervous,” Carvajal-Macias said. “I want to learn […]

Fueling course material innovation

WSU’s Affordable Learning Grants are helping boost course engagement and saving students thousands of dollars in textbook costs each semester. Faculty grant recipients Johanna Phelps (English), Collin Shull (Spanish) and Paul Buckley (chemistry) each took different approaches to developing open educational resources (OER), with each project proving highly beneficial to students.

Q&A with Lisa Guerrero

An interdisciplinary scholar interested in the impact of intersectionalities and the relationships between culture and power, Lisa Guerrero is a professor of comparative ethnic studies in the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race at WSU Pullman and also serves as associate vice provost for inclusive excellence.

Beyond words

WSU Vancouver students are learning how to help Spanish speakers navigate clinical experiences and forming strong partnerships with community health-care providers. As as one of the WSU Center for Civic Engagement’s inaugural Faculty Fellows in 2017, Cassandra Gulam and her colleagues learned how to incorporate the principles of community engagement into their courses. Gulam, clinical […]

Student, faculty serve on artist jury

Mikayla Makle, an English major and president of the WSU Black Student Union—and a College of Arts and Sciences student ambassador—served alongside three CAS faculty to help select recipients of the recent Black Lives Matter Artist Grant program offered by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.