A desire to foster resiliency among young people, advocate for social justice and build inclusive communities drive five University of Washington College of Education students named to the inaugural Husky 100 class.
Representing the College are:
- Policarpio (Polo) Decano (PhD '17, School Psychology)
- Karl Gapuz (BA '16, Early Childhood & Family Studies)
- Michelle Leibbrand (BA '16, Early Childhood & Family Studies)
- Anna Maher (BA '17, Early Childhood & Family Studies)
- Meixi Ng (PhD '19, Learning Science and Human Development)
Ng, who was born in Singapore and grew up in Thailand and México, is interested in education and boundaries of new partnerships. She's currently a research assistant on a project that focuses on a community-based model for providing poverty-impacted middle and high school students with opportunities to learn about STEM higher education and STEM careers and to develop interests, identities and skills to pursue career opportunities in STEM.
"Together with youth, teachers and communities, we build counter-hegemonic educational change," Ng said. "Through alter/native practices focused on human relationships, resurgence and liberation, we reimagine marginalized spaces as sites of possibility and strength."
Gapuz grew up in West Seattle and is the first member of his family to attend college. As community partnerships lead for the UW Dream Project, a program that partners UW students with first-generation and low-income students in Seattle area high schools, Gapuz now helps other young people succeed in college.
"I have used my Husky experience to immerse myself within communities across and beyond campus that pushed me to never settle," he said. "I want to show individuals like myself that they can overcome barriers and reach their full potential."
The Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW. Husky 100 students are making a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future through their passion, leadership and commitment.
Dustin Wunderlich, Director for Marketing and Communications