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Blue Marble Bash

Blue Marble Bash April 20, 2017

Celebrate what brings us together at the FIUTS Blue Marble Bash, an annual fundraising event for FIUTS programs that engage student leaders in diplomacy, dialogue, and action!


THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for this amazing event. Hope to see you there again next year!


Didn't get to attend the Blue Marble Bash? Support FIUTS programs by making a donation here.


Blue Marble Bash

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Center for Urban Horticulture

University of Washington


Evening Events:

5:30 PM - Silent auction, open bar, appetizers, music performance

7:00 PM - Dinner & Student Speakers

8:30 PM - Dessert Dash


Why "Blue Marble"?

The Blue Marble is an image of the Earth made on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft at a distance of about 45,000 kilometers (28,000 miles). It is one of the most reproduced images in human history.

FIUTS celebrates and honors the diversity of our "Blue Marble" by bringing our community together to support cross-cultural understanding and global student leadership.

Blue Marble Bash Master of Ceremonies: Anita Verna Crofts

Anita Verna Crofts is on faculty in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington and the Associate Director for the Communication Leadership graduate program. Her UW courses include topics related to audio storytelling, leadership and creativity in the digital age, and the interplay of culture, identity, and communication. Anita is interested in the ways food build, sustain, and grow communities. Her writings on food have been published in Gastronomica, Saveur, Seattle Met, and Comestible, with a particular emphasis on the preservation of foodways in post-conflict societies as a means of preserving community identity. Her work appears in the four-volume set, Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia. Her first book, Meet Me at the Bamboo Table: Everyday Meals Everywhere, was published by Chin Music Press in 2016. Anita holds a Clinical Instructor appointment at the UW Department of Global Health, where she partners on training efforts that involve storytelling as a leadership and evidence tool. Anita is a German Marshall Memorial Fellow and Thomas J. Watson Research Fellow.

She bakes a mean pie.

Student Speakers

We are honored to have three FIUTS facilitators (student leaders) who will be sharing their stories at the event.


Diana Park is a junior from South Korea studying oceanography and geology.





George (Xiangtian) Yuan is from China and recently graduated with his master's in civil engineering.




Arash Tarkhan is a doctoral student in biostatistics from Iran.


UW Students - Become a Table Ambassador!

Each dinner table will include one student, who will serve as an ambassador and facilitate conversation with the guests.

Complete the following application if you are interested in serving as a table ambassador: APPLICATION.


Interested in becoming a sponsor for the FIUTS Blue Marble Bash?

Download the FIUTS Blue Marble Bash Sponsorship Information. Please contact Pauline Tolentino, Student Programs Coordinator at if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support of FIUTS!

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