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$1.2M NSF grant to support new generation of female leaders

Maria Gartstein.Maria Gartstein found herself in an unfamiliar position when she reached the level of associate professor in 2008.

“I was unsure of what to do next,” Gartstein said. “I always had a pretty good sense of what it would take to get tenure but once I got it I realized I hadn’t really thought beyond that.”

Gartstein’s dilemma was and still is a common occurrence in academia.  Research shows » More …

French Film Festival brings cultural diversity

Sabine Davis.For the tenth year in a row, the Palouse French Film Festival offered students and local community members the opportunity to experience a slice of European culture.

“Some of our films get more toward the history of France, some are more modern and [delve into] culture or today’s French society,” said Sabine Davis, clinical professor of French and co-organizer of the festival. » More …

First-generation student a champion for equity and inclusion

Savanna Navarro Kresse.History student and vice president of the Associated Students of Washington State University Tri-Cities (ASWSUTC) Savanna Navarro Kresse is excited for the grand opening of the new Mosaic Center for Student Inclusion open in September. Located in the Floyd Building, the center is dedicated to diverse students of all kinds allowing them to gather, learn from each other, and seek support.

Navarro Kresse, a Chicana and first-generation college student who is passionate about helping the community, played a leadership role in creating the center. She and » More …

Diversity, creativity lead to opportunity

Lian JacquezFor student Lian Jacquez, finding the ideal university fit was a bit of a challenge – that is, until he arrived at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Originally from eastern Oregon, he attended a university located in his home state, but found that the decision was an expensive one and more based on impulse than it was in finding a good fit for where he was at in his life. » More …

Undergraduate research enables WSU junior to give back

Lambert in the mountainsWashington State University junior Lambert Ngenzi wants to use what he is learning about geospatial analysis to help farmers in rural Africa conserve and manage vital water resources.

“Where I come from, water is a big issue,” Ngenzi said. “If I could do something in any way, if I could help the people back home, I would love to do it.” » More …