Alumni Events


RC2: Remain Connected to Robinson Center, Winter 2018

We held a “Remain Connected to the Robinson Center” alumni event in the Winter of 2018! Alumni far and wide gathered at Art Marble 21 in South Lake Union for a night of memory sharing, dining and fun, and gave advice to current students in our photo booth. Check out the ways to Remain Connected as RC Alumni!

Farewell Guthrie Annex 2: Write on the Walls Party

After 40 years of residing in the beloved Guthrie Annex 2, the Robinson Center recently relocated to a newly renovated Guggenheim Annex! To bid a memorable farewell to an incredibly memorable place, we hosted a Write on the Walls party where everyone in the RC community can write all over the inside walls of the building. Alumni to revisited old memories and old friends, and RC community as a whole to got excited for the memories ahead. The party was held at Guthrie Annex 2 on Friday, December 15th, 2017.

Commemorative T-shirts will be available to RC Alumni for $15. If you are able to join us celebrate Guthrie Annex 2 the write way, please RSVP here so we have enough delicious food for everyone!

6th Alumni Speaker Series, Spring 2015 – Giving Back

Current students, UW staff and faculty, and other alumni on Friday, April 24th, to hear Robinson Center alumni discuss the different ways that they serve their communities and how working for social change has, in turn, changed them.

The speakers discussed topics such as social justice, philanthrophy, advocacy, and service. Friday, April 24, 2015

Speaker Bios

Dashni Amin is a senior college honors student who is majoring in Law, Societies, and Justice with a minor in Philosophy. She has researched and advocated for prison rights, Islamic feminisms, and philanthropy.

Jessan Hutchinson-Quillian manages Google’s employee giving platform, its Google for Nonprofits service, and co-founded its Week of Giving campaign. He is excited to try to make philanthropy more accessible both through his work at Google and as a board member of Social Justice Fund Northwest.

Jessica Locke is a 5th year EEPer and graduating senior at UW. She is the Events Director of the Student Philanthropy Education Program, a part of UW Founda-tion. She is also on the auction committee at the Denise Louie Education Center, which provides early learning opportunities for children in the Seattle area.

Amanda Powter is executive director of GEEKGIRLCON which works to celebrate the contribution of women and girls to all areas of geekery. There, she works with a team of volunteer staff to create a safe and welcoming space for all genders, races, ages, sexual orientations, sizes, abilities, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and alien species.

Jay Thompson is a poet, activist, and instructional designer in Seattle, where he teaches writing to women incarcerated at King County Jail and does political work against racism as a member of the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites.


5th Alumni Speaker Series, Fall 2014 - Life After the RC: The Role of Mentors

Friday, November 7th, 2014
4:00 – 6:00 PM
University of Washington Faculty Club

Research in Gifted Education has consistently argued that effective mentorship is a vital component in the success of students. What role do mentors play in your success, both at the university and beyond? How does one seek out mentorship? Join us for the fifth installment of our Alumni Speaker Series, where we will kick off our brand new Mentor Bank, and a panel of RC alumni will share their experiences with mentorship and give advice about how to make the most of these important relationships.

Speaker Bios


Liz Cady is a UW Academy 4.0. In addition to TAing the Academy seminar, she performed in two EDS plays, served on the board, and costumed two additional plays. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in Sociology, and is currently employed as a researcher for an international database on pesticides and food.


Elizabeth Cook graduated Transition School in 2009, and the University of Washington in 2013 with a B.A. from the Jackson School of International Studies and a Minor in Mandarin Chinese. During her years at UW she studied abroad in Turkey, Germany, China, Israel, and Denmark. She is currently a 2L at the UW School of Law and works at the Gallagher Law Library. During her 3L year, she intends to pursue the J.D./MLIS (Legal Librarianship) joint-degree program (something that was inspired by working at the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries all through undergraduate). She is also currently a FLAS Chinese language scholar.


Sarah Herman attended the University of Virginia School of Law after graduating from UW. She started her legal career working with technology companies as an associate with Fenwick & West in the Bay Area, and more recently joined the technology transactions group of Perkins Coie in Seattle.


Ansel Herz is a reporter on politics and social issues at The Stranger. His work has been published by ABC News, The Nation Magazine, the New York Daily News, and Al Jazeera English, among other publications and broadcast outlets. Ansel is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism.


Rebecca Mark is bringing the programmer poet into style. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in English, then worked for the Robinson Center as the advising intern. Recently, she decided to switch paths and is studying to become a software engineer. She keeps things lively, learning new skill-sets in radically different disciplines.


Natalie Weizenbaum graduated as a 10th year EEPer. While at the RC, she acted in two EDS plays, served on the board for two years, and directed Much Ado About Nothing. She graduated in 2010 with degrees in Philosophy and Computer Science, and has been working as a Software Engineer at Google ever since.

4th Alumni Speaker Series, Spring 2014 - Grad School & Beyond

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
4:30 – 6:00 PM
Husky Union Building (HUB) 340

Are you considering going to graduate school? Do you want to know more about what it’s like to get a master’s degree or a Ph.D. for Robinson Center graduates, especially in the humanities and social sciences?

Professor Arbella Bet-Shlimon, an EEP alumna, will discuss the path she took from majoring in English at the UW to becoming an Assistant Professor of History. She will share the things she wishes she’d known from the beginning and the accidental opportunities she followed along the way.

If you are planning to join us for this event, please RSVP here:


Arbella graduated from the UW with a BA in English in 2003 after completing Transition School in 2000. She transitioned into the fields of history and Middle Eastern studies as a graduate student at the University of Michigan (MA, 2006) and at Harvard University (PhD, 2012). Her research and teaching focuses on modern Iraq and the Persian Gulf region, petroleum, urban history, imperialism, and identity politics.

3rd Alumni Speaker Series, Fall 2013 - Startups and Entrepreneurship

Friday, October 25, 2013
3:30 – 5:30
Mary Gates Hall 389

We were joined Friday, October 25th, 2013 by Robinson Center alumni Allen Chen, Lukas Svec and Jason Tan, who shared their stories and advice on being entrepreneurs. The panel discussion was facilitated by Christina Chan.

The speakers discussed topics such as why they decided to pursue startup businesses, how they found cofounders, and what opportunities are available to prospective entrepreneurs.

Speaker Bios



Allen Chen is a former Academy 2.0. He is the co-founder of CloudPress, a startup that builds tools to help retail brands create interactive online merchandising experiences. Previously, he was a software engineer at Amazon. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2007 with a degree in Computer Science.



Lukas Svec is a former Academy 2.0. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Physic for quantum computing at the University of Washington and has worked with synchrotron radiation, cloud computing, and various mathematical models. Lukas is also the technical brains behind Sansaire, a company that manufactures at-home sous vide machines. Sansaire recently raised over $800,000



Jason Tan is a former Academy 1.0. He currently lives in San Francisco. Jason is the Chief Executive Officer at SiftScience, a company that prevents online businesses from falling victim to scams and fraud. Before Sift, he was the Chief Technology Officer at BuzzLabs (co-founded with former EEPer, Phillip Lee), first engineer at Optify (a Seattle startup), and an early engineer at Zillow.



Christina Chan is a former Academy 2.0 who graduated from UW in 2007 with a bachelors of science in economics. After UW, she attended law school at Northwestern University and is now a corporate attorney for the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Seattle. Christina’s practice focuses on start-up companies and mergers and acquisitions. She is actively involved in the Seattle start-up committee and enjoys helping her entrepreneur friends on the business and legal side.