My name is Katie Rabus, and I am a fourth-year student at the University of Washington double majoring in medical anthropology and global health and international studies, and minoring in human rights. I currently work at the University of Washington Center for Human Rights researching U.S.-Salvadoran communications and relations during the Salvadoran Civil War (1979-1992), specifically the documentation and awareness of human rights atrocities at the hands of both governments. I am incredibly interested in the dynamics and politics regarding migration between the Global North and Global South, specifically within the Americas, exploring the anthropological aspects of migration and asylum-seeking on individual experiences, and how international politics shape local attitudes towards migration. I really look forward to learning more about the similarities and differences between border and migration policies in the United States and Canada through this opportunity in the Corbett Scholars program. I also look forward to building connections with fellow students and gaining skills to transfer into the field of law, post-graduation!
I grew up in Southwest Washington for most of my life, and absolutely love living in the Pacific Northwest. I have strong familial ties to Canada, specifically B.C., yet have not yet had the opportunity to learn much about the area. I am excited to learn more and cultivate greater understanding and appreciation for the lived and shared experiences of our communities through this opportunity.
The Corbett British Columbia-Washington International Exchange Program Fund provides an opportunity for undergraduate students at the University of Washington to spend two semesters at the University of British Columbia or University of Victoria; and for students from the University of British Columbia and University of Victoria to spend three quarters at the University of Washington.