Tanya Velasquez, M.A.

Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Washington Tacoma
Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies
University of Washington Tacoma

I'm proud alum of the University of Washington Tacoma. Like many UW Tacoma students, I was the first in my family to attend college. My research and teaching includes critical race studies, Asian American studies, critical multiculturalism in education; multiracial identity; and intersectionality across race, class, gender and sexual identity. The following quote best summarize my approach to teaching and student engagement:

"To teach in a manner that respects and cares for the souls of our students is essential if we are to provide the necessary conditions where learning can most deeply and intimately begin." - bell hooks


Undergraduate courses:

  • TEGL 110 Introduction to Diversity and Social Justice
  • TEGL 270 Introduction to Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • TSOC 165 Introduction to Sociology
  • TSOC 265 Race and Ethnicity in the U.S
  • TSOC 434 Women, Race and Class
  • TSOC 435 Migration in the Modern World
  • TCORE 103 Introduction to Social Sciences
  • TIAS 305 Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Seminar


  • Association for Asian American Studies
  • American Sociological Association; Sections - Race and Ethnicity, Teaching Sociology
  • Critical Ethnic Studies Association
  • National Association for Multicultural Education
  • Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Faculty Learning Community for Critical Multicultural Understanding


  • Thurston County Food bank
  • YWCA, Olympia, Washington
  • Lincoln Elementary, Olympia, Washington
Academic Service
  • Faculty Participant: Pilot Project - Teaching and Learning Center, Peer Consultant Classroom Writing Workshops for Core students, 2014
  • Co-Faculty Advisor: Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies Student Organization, 2014-2015
  • Studies on Asia, Journal Review – Model Minority and Transnationalism, Illinois State University, 2014 publication
  • Undergraduate Education Academic Council, 2013 - present
  • UW Tacoma, Diversity Committee, 2014 - present
  • UW Tacoma, Faculty Advisor, Global Honors Student Senior Thesis, 2013
  • UW Tacoma, Faculty Advisor, Internship and Independent Study, Ethnic, Gender and Labor studies majors, 2013
  • UW Tacoma, Faculty Mentor - Student Success Program, 2012 – present
CV or Resume
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Publication Date Bibliographic Citation

Velasquez, T. (2015) "From Model Minority to 'Angry Asian Man': Social Media, Racism and Counter-hegemonic Voices." In Hartlep, N. (Ed.) Modern Societal Impacts of the Model Minority Stereotype; Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


Velasquez, T. & Ignacio, E. (2014). Race and Racism. In M. Y. Danico & G. J. Golson (Eds.), Asian American Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.