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The World Issues Forum has been Fairhaven College’s and WWU’s global justice lecture series for 18 years. WIF brings diverse international voices to campus to address major issues of global justice. Weekly public lectures focus Indigenous nations, immigration politics, human rights, environmental justice, international relations, global health, and human development. We are asking you, OUR GENEROUS FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS, to help sustain the World Issues Forum in 2019 and beyond. Please support the World Issues Forum: Click Here to Donate


Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University cultivates student responsibility for designing and assessing learning through interdisciplinary inquiry, creativity, and scholarship. With an emphasis on justice, social and environmental responsibility and cultural diversity, we challenge ourselves through active, innovative, and experiential learning to examine our choices, roles, and purposes in the world.

Fairhaven College is distinguished by:

  • Small, seminar-style courses at a public university
  • Narrative evaluations instead of grades
  • Close advising relationships with faculty
  • Opportunities for independent and international study
  • Student-designed interdisciplinary degrees


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TJ Martin

TJ Martin

Interdisciplinary Concentration

In 2012 Western Washington University alumnus TJ Martin won an Academy Award for his documentary feature "Undefeated." The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) bestows the...