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International Student Stories: Tiffany Tian from Beijing, China

For this episode, meet Tiffany Tian, an international student from Beijing, China. She is an undergraduate student majoring in Economic and ACMS at the University of Washington.

She is a strong young lady, who grew up in China and spent her high school experience in the U.S. Despite being one of the international students in her high school, she learned to embrace and represent herself by getting involved with different clubs and activities. Currently, she is the Vice President for the International Student Mentorship Program and WEGET magazine.

Her story resembles a strong leadership to represent international students at UW.


International Student Stories: Maha AlHomoud from Saudi Arabia

Listen to the beautiful story of Maha Alhomoud, an international student from Saudi Arabia and an undergraduate senior in Political Economy at the University of Washington.

She is a strong young lady, a cancer survivor of two years now and a passionate advocate for international student inclusion and representation. She has been involved with ASUW and the international student community for over a year now, and she is aiming to leave UW having established the first ASUW International Students Office of Advocacy and Engagement.

Her story resembles incredible resilience and determination to not let her blood cancer affect her and her studies at UW. Through her leadership, she advocates for many international students on the UW campus.


UW mask distribution for International Huskies – May 2021

International Huskies, if you are in Seattle, you probably have seen other students wearing the Husky PACK Pledge masks. Earlier in the year, CIRCLE helped the UW distribute masks to students who were in Seattle either through an in-person distribution or by mailing to your home. Next week, we will help one last time to get these masks to UW international students. This is your opportunity to get your masks!

A few things about the spring 2021 distribution:

  • These masks are intended for students who were not in Seattle for the autumn 2020 or winter 2021 quarters. We were not able to mail the masks internationally.
  • We will only do in-person distribution between May 24th and May 26th. The in-person distribution will take place on the HUB Lawn.
  • We are unable to mail masks this time.

To sign up for a time slot please complete this very short survey. We are asking students to sign up for a time to pick up their masks to allow for physical distancing. The survey will ask you to log in using your NetID and will take 1 minute to complete.

If you have any questions about the mask distribution, please contact The survey will be open until May 23, 2021.


Complete the Survey

In the Loop podcast: UW Student Legal Services (Season 4, Episode 4)

On our podcast today, we will be learning more about Student Legal Services at the UW, the services they offer to students, and how students can connect with them. Our special guest is Amanda Reynoso Palley, who is a staff attorney at Student Legal Service. She discusses some of the services that SLS provides to UW students and goes over some of the most common issues that she helps international students with.


In the Loop podcast: Internships for International Students–Tips for Success (Season 4, Episode 3)

This podcast is the second of two that will discuss internships for undergraduate international students. In the podcast today we will focus on “Tips for success in finding an internship”. To learn more about getting started with the process and what things to keep in mind as an international student. please check-out the first podcast of this series.

Our guests, Keavy from the International Student Services Office (ISS) and Caitlin from the UW Information School are back to help us learn more about internships.

It will be important to note that the podcasts assume the student and internship are physically located in the United States. If you have specific questions about internships while studying from your home country, please reach out to ISS directly.

In the Loop podcast: CIRCLE’s Discord Server (Season 4, Episode 2)

Beginning winter quarter 2021, CIRCLE set up a community on Discord to have a place where students can engage online with each other 24/7, as well as connect easier with CIRCLE staff. On this podcast, we will be learning more about the CIRCLE Discord server and how you can join in on the fun!

If you want to join, please fill out the google forms:



In the Loop podcast: Internships for International Students-Getting Started (Season 4, episode 1)

This week’s “In the Loop” podcast episode will discuss internships for undergraduate international students. This episode will be the first of a two-part series regarding internships and things to keep in mind as an international student.

Our guests today are Keavy Gilbert from the UW International Student Services Office (ISS) and Caitlin Goldbaum from the UW Information School. We thank our guests for appearing in our podcast and providing us with their insight on this topic!

Note: this episode will be geared for students and internships physically located in the United States. Reach out to ISS for any specific questions about internships while studying from your home country at:

We must speak out against racism and anti-Asian hate

A message from the CIRCLE staff

The murders that took place on March 16th in Atlanta are a sad addition to the growing list of racist and xenophobic incidents that members of the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities have experienced in Seattle and the rest of the country. Our thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones and with the individuals who have been targets of these insidious events.

As a University, we must continue to speak out against hate, racism, and xenophobia to show that they have no place in our community. Sadly, if these incidents occur and are not reported, it makes it difficult for the UW to take action. If you witness a bias incident against a peer or a colleague, report it. The UW has a bias incident reporting tool that is confidential and anonymous. By speaking out and reporting incidents of bias, we can show that hate has no home here.

If you witness incidents of anti-Asian discrimination outside of the Seattle campus, the UW School of Social Work has created a list of ways to report the incident. This page also has resources available for bystander training and social commentary.

We echo President Cauce’s words that we must not let racism and anti-Asian hate threaten our community. As we wrap up winter quarter and start spring break, CIRCLE staff and UW resources will continue to be available if you want to reach out. Please remember to be safe and stay vigilant.

Scam Targeting International Students (Mar. 2021)

It has come to our attention that there is a new scam targeting international students. There have been TWO reports of UW students falling victims to this scam. We are sharing this information so that you can protect yourself. This is what we know:

  1. Students received a call from “U.S. Border & Customs” warning that they “found a package with drugs in it with the students’ name on it.” The cell numbers linked to this call are “206-209-6215” and”206-209-8147.”
  2. Soon after, same students received an additional follow up call from “U.S. Border & Customs,” who was a different voice stating that during “investigation,” sees your bank account is linked to past known drug deals/ers. The cell number linked to this account is “929-269-1517.”
  3. Both students were asked to withdraw $2,500.00, put on various dollar value gift cards, then gave all the codes to the caller. The cash is now gone and cannot be retrieved.

Please remember that ICE or any other government official will never call you and ask for money, money wires or gift cards for payment. Scammers tend to use official terms that will it seem that they are a government agency, which is why students believe them—this is not the case.
If you receive a call like this, please do the following:

  • Hang up immediately.
  • Report the call to the anonymous ICE tip line at 1-866-347-2423.
  • Report the call to the UW Police Department (UWPD) at their non-emergency line, (206) 685-UWPD (8973).
  • Reach out to the ISS Office if you want to confirm your student status or to ask any questions that you might have.

Please stay alert and be safe.

In the Loop podcast: Mary Gates Scholarship for International Students (Season 3, Episode 4)

Are you looking for a scholarship to apply to? Are you international student? If you answer yes to either of these questions, youqualify for Mary Gates Scholarship at the University of Washington!
Mary Gates Endowment scholarships are open to international students and the deadlines are coming up! Check out the podcast to learn more and be sure to apply by these dates:
Leadership scholarship deadline:
January 26th, 2021 at 5pm
Research scholarship deadline:
February 2nd, 2021 at 5pm
If you have questions about the application process, please contact Annabel Cholico at