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International Longshore and Warehouse Union demonstrators march from Seattle's Terminal 46 during the "Juneteenth Shutdown of All Pacific Coast Ports" rally and march on June 19, 2020. Media credit: Jason Redmond / AFP via Getty Images   Since the arrival of COVID-19, workers in fields from health care to meat processing to grocery sales have been deemed essential. Many other workers have been furloughed or have lost jobs. What are the labor challenges and implications of this moment?... Read more
Steve Herbert, professor of law, societies, and justice and of geography, is referenced in this article discussing common myths about policing.Featured on The Washington Post 
Raised fist, a universal symbol of solidarity and support. Artist Dave Savage.
The Department of Geography’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at the University of Washington shares the immense pain, grief, and anger over the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and Tony McDade. In the Seattle region, we say the names of Charleena Lyles, Shaun Fuhr, Che Taylor, Bennie Branch, Said Joquin, Manuel Ellis, and Eugene Nelson. These killings are but a few of the long list of Black lives... Read more
Last week, the Department of Geography celebrated nearly 150 B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. recipients at our annual Convocation Ceremony! Due to Washington State's ongoing COVID-19 safety efforts, the event was held virtually with a prerecorded video, slideshow of graduates, and Zoom rooms with faculty and staff. While unprecedented, this online convocation offered space for recognizing the strength and resilience of our geography community. Professor Mark Ellis, Graduate Program Coordinator, and... Read more
Tyson meat processing plant in Wallula
Designated critical infrastructure by President Trump in an executive order and encouraged to reopen or remain in operation, meat processing plants face challenges in keeping workers safe during the pandemic. Two University of Washington faculty members, with backgrounds in public health and human geography, explain the situation inside the plants and what can be done to improve it.... Read more
Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, affiliate professor of geography explains how doctors are striving to further research on the effects of certain psychedelics on mental health.Featured on Geekwire 
Jonathan Mayer, professor emeritus of geography and epidemiology, explains how geography is an important discipline in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.Featured on Wired 
You Thought You Were an Environmentalist Podcast.
"How does climate change disproportionately affect the health of women of color?" So asks episode 7 of the new podcast series, You Thought You Were an Environmentalist: An Environmental Justice Podcast. Produced by students in the autumn 2019 writing link with GEOG 272 Geographies of Environmental Justice, the podcast's episodes are the culmination of a full quarter of research, writing, editing and recording by nine groups of undergraduate... Read more
Students in the Interdisciplinary Honors class “Citizen Acts to Challenge Poverty” collaborated with Real Change to bring the exhibit Portraits for Change.Featured on UW Undergraduate Academic Affairs 
Bo Zhao, assistant professor of geography, has created an interactive map showing the spread of cornoavirus, as well as other factors such as regional death tolls and recovery rates.Featured on The... Read more