Department: School of Social Work; 31 years at the UW
Courses Taught: International Social Work and Globalization, Development of the Minority Child, Social Work with Refugees
Achievements: Ishisaka helped to create the School of Social Work's first service learning opportunities with ethnic minorities in the Seattle area. The curriculum's success garnered national attention and allowed Ishisaka to create many educational partnerships with Seattle-based agencies that revolutionized the school's relationship to the community. He also jump-started four training programs aimed at enhancing the skills of social workers dealing with Southeast Asian refugees.
Quote: "His tireless commitments … have meant that many refugee and immigrant populations of color have been provided the opportunity to not only survive but provide a vast array of contributions to the city of Seattle."
Degrees: A.B., Cal-Berkeley, 1966; M.S.W., Cal-Berkeley, 1968; D.S.W. Cal-Berkeley, 1978