Tanya Grace Velasquez, M.A.

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

I am a Lecturer in sociology at the University of Washington Tacoma. My course content includes examining the production, re-production and function of racialized social systems, the history and experience of Asian Americans, critical multiculturalism in education, and intersectionality. I teach courses that introduce the use of the sociological imagination as a critical lens with which to see the world and as a tool for creating social change.

I am currently serving as a board member for the Washington State Board for Technical and Community Colleges’ Cross Institutional Faculty of Color Mentoring Program. Our work is dedicated to faculty mentoring and caucus work as methods for enhancing faculty retention and supplementing professional development. Also, I am currently a faculty member on the Tri-campus Diversity Council sponsored by the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, UW Seattle.

My scholarly interests include: Interdisciplinary and Developmental models for Anti-racist Pedagogy and Assessment; Racial Formation Theory, Critical Race Theory and New Interdisciplinary Models for Racial Identity Development; Asian American studies; and Intersectionality and Feminist Theories in the 21st century.

I teach sociology courses that contribute to the Ethnic, Gender and Labor studies major and the Sociology minor, as well as several other majors. My courses are designed to support developmental learning, critical thinking, and engagement with transformative knowledge. In my classes, students participate in frequent small group discussions, student led seminars, and activities that promote theory to practice in real world scenarios. The following quote best summarizes my teaching philosophy:

"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


Courses 2017 - 2018:

Sociology, TSOC 165, Introduction to Sociology: Developing the Sociological Imagination
Sociology, TSOC 265, Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Sociology, TSOC 270, Introduction to Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Sociology, TSOC 434, Women, Race, and Class
Undergraduate Education, TCORE 103, Introduction to Social
Sciences for First Year Students
Urban Studies, TURB 312, Race and Poverty in Urban America

Courses previously taught:

Sociology, TSOC 435, Migration in the Modern World
SIAS, TIAS 305, Seminar
Ethnic, Gender & Labor Studies, TEGL 110 Introduction to Diversity and Social Justice


Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges,
Faculty of Color Cross Institutional Mentorship Program
Association for Asian American Studies
American Sociological Association; Sections - Race and Ethnicity;
Race, Class and Gender; Teaching Sociology
National Association of Multicultural Education
Critical Ethnic Studies

Academic Service


  • UWT Faculty Representative: UW Tri-campus Diversity Council, OMAD, 2017-2018
  • UWT, Faculty Advisor, Global Honors - Bamford Scholars, 2017-2018
  • SIAS Faculty Representative: UWT Undergraduate Education Academic Council
  • Committee Co-Chair: Student Success Task Force Work Group: First Generation Student, Staff and Faculty, Poster Campaign 2016-17
  • UWT, Faculty Advisor, Global Honors Student Senior Thesis, 2013
  • UWT, Faculty Mentor - Student Success Mentor Program, 2012 - 2015
Honors and Awards


UWT OSCARs Award Recipient: Outstanding Faculty, 2017.
UWT OSCARs Nomination: ASUWT President’s Award, 2017
UWT’s Outstanding Women Award Recipient; Office of Equity and
Diversity, 2015.

Publication Date Bibliographic Citation

Cho, A. and Velasquez, T. (2016). ““Not in My Hood”: Identity, Crime and Policing in Seattle’s International District.” In Ball, D. and Hartlep, N. (Eds.) Asian/Americans, Education, and Crime: The Model Minority as Victim and Perpetrator; Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.


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.