About Sarah Handyside
I am a freelance journalist, travel writer, and academic researcher with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Oregon Institute of Technology. I am also the author of three books: Occupy the Highway (2012), Renovating Vonnegut (2014), and Gonzo’s Flying Dog (2014). In 2021, I conducted a study on communication in polyamorous relationships and presented my findings at the spring 2022 Northwest Communication Association Conference.
For good or ill, everything I experience is filtered through the lens of a middle-class white woman raised in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, in the USA. That's why I seek out opportunities to immerse myself in social justice movements that support diversity, inclusivity, and human rights. That's the reason I sacrifice comfort, convenience, and safety in pursuit of adventures that will immerse me in the world's cultures.
I want to live a life that strips away my preconceptions to reveal the common ground between myself and those who seem to differ from me. I want to broaden and deepen my understanding of people and the world so my writing will generate understanding and empathy and promote collaborative problem-solving.
Brie Landis wins the presidency!… and sparks revision of ASOIT’s election bylaws – Permissionless Media
“I didn’t even consider ‘running’ really, until I saw a classmate say that she wrote me in,” said Brie Landis (they/them). “For a few hours, I thought it would be a good joke, then I took it (kinda) seriously.”
On April 21, Landis posted a first and only campaign message on the OIT app. They also
Opinion: Oregon Tech can budget Over $500,000 for Snell Hall Renovations but not for fair faculty salaries – Permissionless Media
On March 10, when Oregon Tech administration declared an impasse in negotiations with the faculty union, OT-AAUP, the university press release declared OT-AAUP’s compensation proposal “unrealistic” given the potential for cuts in state funding due to COVID-19. But just weeks before making that statement, Oregon Tech awarded ORW Architecture
Explainer: Why did Oregon Tech’s Faculty Senate call for President Naganathan’s Resignation? – Permissionless Media
During Naganathan’s nearly four years as President of Oregon Tech, Faculty Senate say he has disregarded university policy, changed policies without faculty input, excluded Faculty Senate from decision-making processes and irresponsibly managed Oregon Tech’s resources. These grievances, outlined in a Faculty Senate Executive Committee report, have led to historically
Faculty strike possible at OIT as negotiations enter critical stage
Shut Down & Fed Up: Klamath Basin Farmers Protest Water Cuts – Permissionless Media
“It’s been hard to drive by it and see it,” Tricia Walker says.
Walker’s family has operated Gold Dust & Walker Farms since 1973. The rich soil and seemingly ever-present sunshine of southern Oregon and northern California are ideal for growing chipping potatoes, grain, hay and industrial hemp. According to their website, Gold Dust & Walker Farms cultivates about 15,000 acres ranging from Tulelake