To highlight the vital and diverse work that academic student employees perform at the University of Washington, UAW 4121 is introducing an “ASE of the Week” media campaign. Our first featured ASE is Yunkang Yang, who works as a teaching assistant in the Department of Communication. The work of Yunkang and his colleagues is essential to the department: This term, ASEs are teaching 50% of the department’s undergraduate contact hours.

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