Critical Thinkers Combating Disinformation

The world is vibrant with tech tools allowing the free flow of information and disinformation at lightning speed to vast audiences across the globe. How is this shaping our society, our community interactions, and our democracy? Join this session and learn from alumni who are thinking critically and working creatively to combat disinformation in a variety of ways.

Greg Mullins

Greg Mullins, Dean of the Library at The Evergreen State College

Greg Mullins is Dean of the Library at The Evergreen State College. He is also a Member of the Faculty at Evergreen and has taught queer studies and literature there since the late 1990s. He earned his bachelor of arts degree at Stanford and his doctoral degree at Berkeley. Born and raised in Nebraska, he lived in a string of small towns in the 1960s and 1970s, punctuated by one year in Berkeley, California. That year convinced him he belonged on the west coast, and for the most part he has lived either in the Bay Area or Puget Sound region since 1981, with time away spent in Kenya through the Peace Corps and in Brazil through the Fulbright Commission. While a graduate student at the University of California, Greg volunteered to research and write for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and since that time he has concentrated his teaching and research on human rights, gender, and sexuality. Greg serves on the boards of Pride Foundation, the Evergreen Foundation, and the Orbis-Cascade Alliance library consortium.

Louie Gasper

Louie Gasper '20, Communications Professional, Writer, and Consultant, ICF Managment Consulting

Louie Gasper ’20 is a Young Adult Consultant with the Capacity Building Center for States through the U.S. Children’s Bureau and a 2020 Journalism Institute Fellow with POLITICO. Scheduled to graduate in December 2020, he is currently taking political media coursework in London through the Council of International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Louie is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and participated in the Creator’s Institute for Aspiring Authors through Georgetown University. Louie has a certification in Citizen Politics from the Harvard Kennedy School and obtained a certificate in Digital Marketing from the Gies Business School at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has previously interned at NBC News “Meet the Press,” C-SPAN, and the Independent Journal Review (IJR) and a former student director for KAOS Radio from 2016 - 2018.

Jaime Mendez

Jaime Mendez '95, Anchor-News Reporter, Univision Seattle - KUNS

Jaime Méndez ’95 serves as an anchor/reporter for Noticias Univision Seattle on KUNS 51, a thirty-minute news program on the first Spanish language TV newscast in Washington. He also co-anchors a weekly Sounders FC highlight show and is the play-by-play announcer for selected Sounders FC games of the MLS.

The most recognized personality among the Spanish-speaking community in the Puget Sound area, he graduated from the program of Communications and Political Sciences from The Evergreen State College. Méndez has been working in Spanish language media since 1994; his work has concentrated in radio and television.

 Jaime is a pioneer of the Spanish media in the region being also the first morning radio show host on a full time Spanish station in the Puget Sound. He is dynamic and professional with broad and deep connections with the local Hispanic community.

Méndez was born in Bogotá, Colombia and has lived in the United States since 1987.

Bart Myers

Bart Myers '97, Founder and CEO of Countable & Causes.com

Bart Myers ’97 is the founder and CEO of Countable & Causes.com giving millions of Americans a voice in government and ways to have impact on the issues they care most about. Countable's technology platform is in use by leading organizations including Starbucks, GLAAD, EDF, the DCCC, Levi's, Patagonia and more. Recently their innovative platform powered the Democratic Convention's online platform giving Americans a voice.

Bart’s passion is giving people a voice in government. The idea for Countable came during one of the most politically contentious times in the U.S.; the months following the 2012 Presidential Election. “I saw one half of the country yelling at the other half, and vice versa. But no one was listening,” he says. From this moment, Countable was born: a way to bring people together genuinely, meaningfully, and safely around the issues they care most about.

Bart’s career prior to founding Countable led him through the building-and operations-phases of several tech startups. Just one example, Bart founded SideReel, among the first and most influential online video and TV platforms. SideReel was acquired by TiVo in 2011. He holds a degree in international studies from Evergreen (in the other Washington), and lives with his family in San Francisco.