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Mentor Chat with Sarah Castoriano & Brandon Washington
WhenMonday, Apr. 9, 2018, 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

Join Dr. Jennifer Atkinson and her students for a conversation with IAS alums Sarah Castoriano and Brandon Washington.

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Sarah Castoriano graduated from UW Bothell in 2005 with a BA in Global Studies and minor in Human Rights and currently works as a program manager at Microsoft.  After graduating Sarah worked as file clerk and church secretary before landing a dream job in the nonprofit sector managing operations for a local animal rescue.  Hope for Horses played a key role in the first successful felony prosecution of an individual for livestock animal abuse in Washington state. 

After two years and  significant burn out, Sarah switched career tracks to tech.  Over the past 10 years Sarah has worked across Microsoft in many different roles from admin, to business analyst and project manager, to finally landing as a program manager on the Universal Store team, which is the centralized platform for all of Microsoft’s ecommerce.

Brandon Washington (‘15) focuses on membership engagement at Dale Turner Family YMCA, where he manages facilities and teen programming.  Deeply committed to equity and inclusion, he’s an organizer for the YMCA’s Emerging Multicultural Leadership Experience conference and a member of the YMCA’s regional Diversity, Inclusion & Global Excellence (DIG) committee.

While majoring in Media & Communication Studies at UW Bothell, Washington served as a Social Justice Organizer, creating and promoting a campus culture that respects and celebrates diversity through programs and events.  Washington also operates a media production and event planning business.
Mentor Chats are designed to assist students with career exploration, networking, and learning about a range of professional trajectories.  Through hosted conversations, Mentor Chats provide opportunities to connect with IAS alumni working across diverse roles and sectors.
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Campus roomUW1 121
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Event sponsorsSchool of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
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