Social Groups

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Affinity Groups

 

Asian & Pacific Islander American Faculty & Staff Association at the UW

We are calling all faculty and staff at the University of Washington who are interested in participating in this group! Our membership is open, free, and we encourage you to participate! We need to hear your ideas about what you would like this group to be. Check us out on Facebook.

Black Faculty & Staff Association

The mission of the University of Washington Black Faculty and Staff Association is to foster a greater sense of community and mutual support among the Black faculty and staff of the University through mentoring and networking in an effort to provide an organized support system that will enhance the cultural diversity within the University, as well as enhance and support the academic mission of the University. Learn more here.

Campus Business & Professional Women

Advocates respect and support for everyone working in the University community. Focuses on supporting women and life-long education through regular guest speakers and events. Like our Facebook page to learn more.

Latino/a Faculty & Staff Association

Join us in celebrating our culture, giving voice to the concerns of the Latino/a community on campus, and making a contribution to creating a welcoming learning and work environment at the University of Washington. Learn more here.

Native Faculty & Staff Association

The Native Faculty and Staff Association seeks to focus on initiatives specifically related to the well being of the University of Washington’s Native Faculty and Staff. More info here.

Q Faculty & Staff

Q Faculty & Staff is your employee LBGTQ and allies affinity group at the University of Washington. Find us on Facebook.


Being Active

 

Being Active Facebook Group

A private group for UW faculty & staff to inspire & encourage each other with photos, quotes, and positive motivation! Join us here.

Chi Running & Chi Walking at UW-Seattle

Chi Running is a technique that takes the central movement principles of Tai Chi and combines them with the sport of running, shifting the workload towards the core muscles and giving the legs a rest. Learn and practice proper form to reduce injuries and increase enjoyment! Learn about free practice runs and walks on our Facebook page.

The Whole U Endurance Team

Making endurance training fun with motivational tips, training updates, favorite trails, and funny pics! Join our private group on Facebook.

Heavy Metal Caucus

Free kettlebell instruction for UW faculty & staff. Learn about sessions on the UW campus by joining our Facebook group.

Husky Triathlon Club

Serves UW-affiliated multisport athletes of all ages and abilities, enabling them to achieve their athletic goals in a stimulating, supportive and sociable environment. We educate and inform our members, having fun while participating in all the Pacific Northwest has to offer for training and racing, to improve sport for all. Check us out on Facebook.

Tower Trotters

The Tower Trotters get together to run, walk, and/or jog from the UW Tower. Some of our runs are fast, some are slow, but all are fun! Join their private Facebook group or join the email listerv for updates. Contact Heather Rieck for more info.

Union Bay Rowing Club

Faculty, staff, students, and spouses/partners who row as a team for exercise and enjoyment. UBRC also rows competitively in many local regattas. Annual dues are $55. More info here.

University Kayak Club

The University Kayak Club is an organization dedicated to all forms of paddling and is open to students, faculty, staff, and their spouses. The club hosts pool sessions (lake sessions during the summer), organizes outings, and provides equipment and instruction for club members. There is an annual membership fee. Visit our website for more info.

UW Libraries Wellness Walking Group

Our group’s mission is to facilitate walks promoting wellness among faculty and staff. The walks are exciting, informative, and fun and we leave every Wednesday, rain or shine, at 12:10 p.m. at the Broken Obelisk sculpture in Red Square. These free walks are 30-60 minutes long and there are also periodic special walks on topics of interest from our own experts in the Libraries.

UW Medicine Cycling Club

A recreational cycling club for cycling enthusiasts of all abilities. Open to all of UW, not just those in the medical field. We have an official Jersey so let us know if you would like to order one. Join our Facebook group for ride info.

Washington Yacht Club

A student-run club open to faculty, staff, and allumni. They offer supervised sailing, lessons, social events but there are quarterly or annual dues. Visit their website for more info.

Yoga at Harboview

Dr. Joe Merrill offers yoga instruction to all members of the HMC community every Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. in the Harborview Research & Training Building, room 109/121. This article states that there is a fee, but it is now free.


Eating Well

 

Cooking Interest Group

A group for food lovers to share cooking techniques, exchange recipes, and discuss other food topics (i.e. restaurants, tools/gadgets, use of technology, cookbooks/magazines, unusual ingredients). Meetings are generally in the Tower during lunch time. Take this short survey if you’re interested in joining.


Engaging Interests

 

Euchre Lovers

Grab a deck of cards and let’s play! Open to all faculty, staff, and students. Join the Facebook group or email Margaret Murray to learn more.

Figgy Pudding Singing Group

A singing group preparing for the Figgy Competition on December 5. Rehearsals for the singing group will be on Tuesdays from 5 – 6 p.m., beginning on September 23. Take this short survey to join or check out this article for more info.

Knitting Club

Interested in meeting once per month to knit together and share tips? Please join! All faculty & staff welcome. Currently meet in UW Health Sciences building, but location could rotate based on interest. Join this private Facebook group or contact Brooke to join the email listserv.

Ovations

Ovations is a private performance event dedicated to self-expression. Poetry, music, dance, monologues…the choice is yours. Post your work and let our community in on your talents. You can keep track of your colleagues and their artistic endeavors, and receive information about upcoming, live events featuring UW faculty and staff. Join the private Facebook group to join us!

UWB Campus Garden Committee

Our goal is to turn unused campus space into a space where everyone can learn, socialize, study, and create a sense of space at University of Washington Bothell. Learn more on our Facebook page.


Life Events and Changes

 

Cancer Social Group

The Social C’s meet for lunch or dinner about once a month. This is an informal, member-led group. Location varies, but Health Sciences and Harborview are the most popular spots so far. All UW faculty and staff affected by cancer are welcome. Take this short survey if you’re interested in learning more.

UW Working Moms

There is no “right way”. There is no “perfect way”. Our goal is to offer support, resources and community to all working moms at UW as they make choices each day and throughout their journey about “their best way.” Currently a private Facebook group, but also planning to start a monthly potluck or clothing/toy swap. Join here.