Aleenah Ansari

Student / Storyteller / Future Engineer

University of Washington, Seattle

Aleenah Ansari

I am a rising junior at the University of Washington studying Human Centered Design and Engineering, and I identify as an interidisciplinary storyteller with a passion for social impact. My goal is to bridge the gap – between scientists and the general public, between writers and their audience, and between current students and the mentors through compelling writing.



Finding the light: SARVA empowers survivors of sexual assault to share their story

On Friday night, the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Activists (SARVA), an ASUW entity, hosted Take Back the Night, which is an open mic for victims and survivors to share their stories. By breaking the silence, SARVA strives to empower victims and survivors of sexual assault to share their stories on their own terms.
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Empowered women empowering women: WiUX is breaking the glass ceiling to UX

The No. 1 tip for securing a job is to network, which is particularly true in user experience (UX) fields. Most companies in the technology industry have a UX designer on their team, but these positions are highly competitive. When Gail Thynes, a current UX designer at Microsoft, was completing her bachelor’s degree in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the UW as a non-traditional student, she noticed that UX professionals were often out of students’ reach.
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Dance and culture unite beautifully at ASC Talent Show

On Friday night, Kane 130 was packed with attendees who watched with bated breath as Chinese yo-yo duo Andrew Kan and Nick Tse sent their yo-yos sailing through the air in sync to the bridge of “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s “Moana.”. The duo was one of 13 groups performing at the annual UW Asian Student Commission (ASC) Talent Show.
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Brain Awareness Week Open House

Engaging pre-college students and educators through conversation and interactive activities about the brain. There is a plethora of information and research in circulation about the brain, and since this organ is so central to human function, there are many questions one could ask: do we only use 10 percent of our brain?
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Women's Career-Mentoring Lunch empowers female engineers

A recent Reuters article outlined that although women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields collaborate widely with other researchers, they are still underrepresented in physics, engineering, and computer science fields. To address current gender disparities and empower future women in STEM fields, departments at the University of Washington (UW) have focused on creating a supportive environment that empowers women through programs, mentorship and community.
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Reaching for the STARS

At the UW, less than half of prospective engineering freshmen successfully complete an engineering degree, and this number is lower for students of low income backgrounds. People like Sonya Cunningham are committed to changing that and supporting the potential of these students. Cunningham is the director of the UW Washington State Academic RedShirt (STARS) program, which focuses on supporting economically disadvantaged and educationally underserved students from Washington who are highly motivated to pursue engineering degrees.
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Storytelling in the sciences: Introducing narrative elements in every medium of science writing

The genre of science writing is often associated with peer-reviewed publications written in straightforward language, but it isn’t always associated with engaging storytelling. “I would love to challenge scientific writing to be more engaging,” said Ryan Kelly, a UW assistant professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.
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Indigenous Feminism: Creating a new narrative by empowering indigenous voices

Last Friday, the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House was full of students, faculty, and community members who gathered to celebrate the works and narratives of indigenous women-identifying scholars. “The voice of indigenous women is an important one,” said Casey Wynecoop, the administrative coordinator at the Intellectual House.
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Believing in an encouraging future

Brent “Smokey” Weinhandl profoundly loves working with patients, family and staff at Brook Trout Dental, his dental practice in Casper, Wyoming. However, after a camping accident left him with a traumatic spinal cord injury, broken back, three broken ribs and a cracked sternum, he struggled to return to his life as a dentist.
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Supporting prospective women in STEM starts with accessible mentors

A recent UW study explored current gender disparities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, and it concluded that an unwelcoming culture was the main deterrent to women entering these fields. Lead author Sapna Cheryan, an associate professor in psychology, said that most studies focus on disparities in STEM fields as a whole, but this one focused on the presence of higher representation in some fields versus others.
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Young Scholars Program provides an authentic neural engineering research experience for high school students

When starting college, most high school students have broad ideas about their intended major or future career.
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Getting past the blank page

Nonfiction writer, Cowlitz Indian tribe member, and UW alumna Elissa Washuta is unabashed about sharing her identity. She owns and shares her experiences with mental health, bipolar disorder, and trauma through writing, and finds it plays a large role in her healing process. Washuta has written pieces on these topics and others in “Literary Hub,” “The Weeklings,” and “The Chronicle of Higher Education.”.
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Aleenah Ansari

I believe inclusion, vulnerability, and a little bit of humor are the ingredients to craft compelling narratives, which is why you can usually find me tutoring, transcribing interviews, and telling stories, all while fueling up with ½ hazelnut, ½ vanilla lattes. I believe that all good writers learn by listening to others, which is why I spend my time empowering underrepresented voices through my work as a writing tutor and journalist, with particular focus on people of color and underrepresented minorities in STEM. My favorite stories focus on celebrating South Asian culture, education programs that support students from diverse backgrounds, and cutting-edge research in neural engineering.


Long-term, I hope to work as a UX writer, which is the perfect place to work collaboratively to create inclusive products.



  • Mentorship
  • Active Listening
  • Storytelling
  • Constructive Feedback
  • Java
  • Writing