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A medal for making a difference in global disabilities

December 1, 2022

Photo of Shixin Huang

Shixin Huang, Ph.D. International Studies, 2022. Photo courtesy of Shixin Huang

Not only did Shixin Huang graduate from the Jackson School with a doctorate in international studies and a GPA of 3.95 in June 2022, but she was also awarded another recognition: The 2021-2022 Graduate Medal for the Social Sciences for her accomplishments in global disabilities studies research.

“It is such a great honor to receive the Dean’s Medal. This award is a symbol of all the acknowledgement and support I received at UW that enabled me to develop my academic interests, for which I am deeply grateful of,” said Huang. “Moving forward, I am going to continue my passion in advancing the cutting-edge academic agenda of global disability studies through engendering cultural-sensitive and community-oriented research.”

Huang will join the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at Lingnan University, Hong Kong as a research assistant professor in August 2022.

“I have already witnessed her rapidly establish herself as one of the foremost scholars of the disability movement in China,” wrote Huang’s Jackson School doctoral faculty adviser Stephen Meyers in nominating her for the award and of her dissertation, “We Walk Out: Global Discourses & Local Practices of Disability Rights in China.”

The Dean’s Medal is a distinction given each year to an outstanding undergraduate and graduate student in each division of the UW College of Arts and Sciences. It is one of the most distinguished honors in the College.