Approximately 200 people gathered at the HUB on Friday to celebrate the UW Center for Multicultural Education’s 20th anniversary with a conference about the future of education. The event also featured the launch of the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education, which was edited by the center’s director, James Banks.
It’s Sunday afternoon, and business is slow at Flowers Bar and Restaurant. Amid scattered groups of diners sits an 82-year-old woman settled comfortably in a booth across from the worn wooden bar. Her white hair is swirled high on top of her head, and her pink lipstick matches her sweater.
A group of paddlers milled around near the grassy edge of the Skykomish River on Saturday morning, chatting as they pulled on layers of neoprene and rubber. It was a perfect spring day, the sun glinting off the river and snowcapped Cascade Mountains towering in the distance.
Strobe lights flash and hundreds of people dance wildly as the music builds in intensity. The bass drops, and the sweaty, tightly packed crowd goes crazy.
For those who are rolling, the lights appear brighter, the music is more intense, and the crowd of strangers feels comforting.
Bright blue lights glow from the windows of an old brick building. Inside, customers relax on well-worn couches amid a haze of smoke and hip-hop music. Every inch of the walls is covered by an intricately painted mural.