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University of Washington Jackson School centers receive $13.4 million in federal funding to advance understanding of global issues

September 5, 2018

Outside Thomson Hall in June
The Henry M. Jackson bust in front of Thomson Hall, which houses the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the UW. June 2017.

University of Washington Jackson School centers receive $13.4 million in federal funding for advancing understanding of global issues

The University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies has received $13.4 million in federal funding for six global and area studies centers and programs over the next four years. The primary goal of the funding, which is under the prestigious Title VI federal program at the U.S. Department of Education, is to support the teaching and study of world regions and foreign languages, and generate public engagement in international affairs.

“We are very pleased to know that our students, and the community which we serve will have access to these resources through the next four years,” said Reşat Kasaba, Director of the Jackson School. “Knowing about the world and being aware of U.S. interests in remaining engaged in international affairs will make all of us better prepared for the challenges that are facing us.”

Over half of the funds will go to UW students as Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to support acquiring modern foreign languages and area or international studies competencies. The remaining portion will fund the six National Resource Centers for training and outreach to K-20 teachers, students and minority-serving institutions, support of faculty research and course development in disciplines ranging from political science to environmental studies to art history, and outreach activities for the public.

“The Jackson School is proud to be a part of the Title VI Program since its inception in 1959,” noted Kasaba. “Some of our centers have been recipients of grants for more than five decades which has given the UW unequaled strength and reputation in the study of international and area studies. Thanks to this support, we are looking forward to more teaching, research and public engagement.”

The school will receive around $3.4 million for AY 2018-19 under this grant. The list of Jackson School centers who received Title VI funding includes:

About The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
The Jackson School, a department in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington, is a national leader in international studies teaching and research. It specializes in the comprehensive study of the world’s regions. The Jackson School was founded in 1909 and is one of the oldest and largest schools of international and area studies in the country. With 14 research centers, nine master’s programs, an executive 10-month master’s and accelerated and applied Ph.D. for professionals, the Jackson School has long been recognized as a leading institution for the study of world regions in their historical and modern contexts.

About The College
The College of Arts & Sciences, founded in 1861, provides an education of tremendous breadth and depth to more than 21,000 students while advancing research and scholarship in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. The College has more than two dozen interdisciplinary centers and ties to many other centers, enabling scholars in diverse fields to collaborate on complex research questions in the humanities, demography, labor studies, human rights, astrobiology, and other areas.

The College’s faculty generate more than $105 million in research funds annually, through public and private grants. The College also serves the community through the more than 280 performances, 60 exhibits and 100 public programs annually offered through the School of Art + Art History + Design, School of Music, School of Drama, Dance Program, Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, Henry Art Gallery, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and the Meany Center for the Performing Arts.

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