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Resource ID: #26504
Subject: Community
Source: Post Defiance
Date: 2013-05-31



As my internship capstone piece, this investigative article was my chance to showcase the research skills and local knowledge that I gained as an intern with Post Defiance, a Tacoma-based online magazine. I saw this project as an opportunity to answer a series of questions I'd been asking since I began attending the University of Puget Sound: Why was the relationship between the university and the surrounding community was so strained? How had it become so? What (if anything) was our new president doing to alleviate the tension? And most of all, why wasn't anybody talking about it? As one who straddled the line between Puget Sound student and Tacoma local, I offered an invaluable perspective on the topic. With this piece, I am proud to say that I not only answered my initial questions, but I put this seemingly localized story into a much larger context by revealing the broader racial, social and economic forces at work. In so doing, I opened up channels of dialogue within the community that had never before been opened, and likely would have remained closed forever.

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