Faculty Emerita Angela M. Gilliam passed away Sept. 20, 2018. An anthropologist and film scholar, Gilliam was a member of the faculty for 16 years until her retirement.
Gilliam maintained interest in Evergreen’s work and was planning to visit campus in October to speak at Return to Evergreen and visit a program to speak with students.
In 2004, Evergreen’s Board of Trustees conferred emerita status to Gilliam “in appreciation of her enthusiasm, tenacity, and great creativity; her ability to inspire and mentor a very wide range of students to pursue their dreams; and her warmth and grace.” They also lauded “her voracious reading in several fields and her thought-provoking scholarly work in several countries, cultures, and languages; her scholarly work, particularly on issues of race in Brazil and the United States; the international recognition she has gained for the college; her ability to listen to others’ ideas and raise important questions; and her holding us to our values and convictions.”
Well into her eighties, Gilliam was an active visiting lecturer, sharing her passion for anthropology and the world’s peoples at universities in the U.S., South America, and the Pacific Rim. She also served in a variety of organizations dedicated to education, equality, and empowerment for women and people of color.
Her daughter Onik’a, an Evergreen alumna, other family members, friends, and former colleagues and students remembered Gilliam at a celebration of her life on Nov. 4 in Seattle.
Raquel Salinas ’91, MiT ’96 passed away in Olympia on April 23, 2018. She was 48. Salinas served many roles in more than two decades at Evergreen. At the time of her death, she was a counselor and coordinator of First Peoples’ Advising Services.
Staff and students celebrated Salinas’ life on June 7 with an event called Raquelapalooza. In a note to friends, her husband, Jeff Freels, said, “Always thinking of others, Raquel took great efforts to conceal her own chronic pain, believing it would be distracting to those she worked to help with their own issues… I take comfort in hearing that those who knew Raquel came together to share memories of her and honor her spirit.”
On October 12 at the Fall Equity Symposium, Salinas was posthumously awarded an Equity Award for her work to build an equitable campus community. “Raquel had a wonderful way of advising with an open heart; she helped so many students grow their agency and make an impact at Evergreen,” said Andy Corn, executive associate to the vice-provost for student engagement.
Family and friends have started the Raquel Salinas Memorial Scholarship in her honor. Contact The Evergreen State College Foundation or call (360) 867-6300 for information.