Student Highlights

Rachel Malia Newkirk Video Essay

Rachel Malia Newkirk graduated from Fairhaven College and WWU in 2019 with degrees from Sociology, Film Studies and the Honors Program.

For her Honors Project, she was commissioned by Prof. Sikata Banerjee (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Victoria) to create a video essay comparing muscular nationalism in the audio-visual narratives of two Indian blockbusters, Dangal and Chak De!. After graduation, Rachel revised her video essay with input from her advisor, Niall Ó Murchú and Prof. Banerjee, and this video is under a second review for publication.


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Kevin Snyder (Fairhaven Senior) and Professor Niall Ó Murchú

Kevin Snyder (Fairhaven Senior) is helping Niall Ó Murchú to make an academic video essay about flag color motifs in Palestinian movies. Displays of the flag color combinations were prohibited in Israel and the Occupied Territories, but several directors pack their movies with flag colors. Our video compares flag colors in other global movies, and various identity symbols in Palestinian movies, as well as the prominence of red, green, black and white in Palestinian films. Kevin is a double major in Creative Writing (English) and Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Narrative Studies.



The Zine was completed by students in FAIR203: Borders and Boundaries, Spring 2020, in the midst of the pandemic and addresses borders issues in this historical moment.

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Yellow is My Favorite Color. This podcast highlights the work of Francia Orozco.
February 13, 2020
It’s hard to be vulnerable. It’s hard to express the array of emotions we feel when being undocumented. Francia Orozco has been using art to express vulnerability, sadness, and activism. She has known her entire life that she was meant to be an artist. She has the passion and urges to create art that represents the people from her community from migrant workers to womxn in nature. With bright colors and the beauty of nature--Francia has created art that is influenced by her Mexican heritage. She defined it as always longing for home--join us in My Favorite Color is Yellow. Show Notes: Francia's Instagram
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This podcast highlights the work of Dania Jaramillo
Dania Jaramillo is a writer, educator and young mother to her beautiful son, Julian. Dania shares with us her journey between Sinaloa, Mexico and Mount Vernon, Washington. She was a single teen mother on a mission to prove everyone wrong. From family dynamics, navigating higher education and wanting to abolish schools (yes, schools), Dania’s motto is to remain calm, cool and collected. She recently went viral on twitter when she shared a video being verbally assaulted for being an undocumented womxn. She expresses the effects it had on her family and how you mentally cope with the repercussions of going viral. Listen for a firsthand experience on a very powerful chingona. Shot of Truth presents La Novela de Dania.
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