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From Window magazine: Keep Talking, with WWU alum & best-selling author Ijeoma Oluo

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Long before she was a noted author, talk show regular, self-described “internet yeller,” and one of the most influential Black voices in our culture, Ijeoma Oluo,’07, was a pregnant mother and 26-year-old political science undergraduate at Western.

Oluo didn’t know anyone who had attended Western, but she loved it when she saw the small class sizes, beautiful campus, and the AS Child Development Center, where her older son Malcolm attended.

“We’d be walking across campus, and I’d hear ‘Hi Malcolm!’ and I wouldn’t know the person at all. Malcolm loved it so much. This time is very present in my memories, and in his as well. Western was a magical time for me.”

At 6 feet tall and pregnant, Oluo was a presence on campus.

“At 26, I filled this weird gap between undergraduates and grown students. I deeply remember professors and how lovely they were, how excited they were about what work students were doing, and excited to share in that work.”

But it wasn’t at all a simple time.

Read the full story about Oluo's accomplishments in Window magazine. 

Photo credit: Samuel Engelking

WWU Asia University America Program is hiring students as International Peer Advisors 

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Western students: Do you love being social and meeting new people? If so, you should consider applying to WWU’s Asia University America Program (AUAP) as a paid International Peer Advisor (IPA)! AUAP is a five-month English language and culture immersion program for Japanese students from Asia University in Tokyo. As an IPA you will support AU students during their time at Western and get paid while doing so.

Learn more about being an International Peer Advisor and apply here.

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