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UW announces COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students starting fall 2021

University of Washington announced on May 3 that all students will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 this coming fall. View UW News coverage for details or President Cauce’s campus communication. Information on vaccine access, as well as information about support resources and campus operations, can be found on the University’s updated Novel coronavirus webpages. Autumn quarter instruction starts September 29.

President Cauce sees Jumpstart in action


President Ana Mari Cauce visited UW students volunteering in the Jumpstart Program at the José Martí Child Development Center on November 27. Through this program, students work in preschool classrooms serving economically disadvantaged children. They use research-based curriculum to help develop children’s oral language and social and emotional skills.


Dream Project Visit


On April 19, President Cauce visited Evergreen High School in the Highline School District to visit with University of Washington students who are mentors in the UW Dream Project. The UW Dream Project is a service learning course and post-secondary planning/college access program housed out of two UW departments: Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the College of Education. Through this program, mentors work in classrooms serving students in high schools with higher than average free and reduced lunch populations. Mentors use what they have learned during their EDUC 260 and/or EDUC 360 classes and personal experience to assist students through the college application process. Evergreen also hosts UW College and Career Readiness Assistant (CCRA) Interns. These are UW undergraduates who work with students in middle and high schools for 12 hours a week to support any school and/or district identified college and career readiness needs.

Learn more about the UW Dream Project here and visit the UW Dream Project website. President Cauce’s visit also appears on the Highline Public Schools website here.


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UW, community partners launch Doorway Project to help homeless youth


Seattle’s crisis in unsheltered homelessness is evident most days in the University District as too many young people find themselves without shelter, jobs and other support. Thanks to Washington State House Speaker Frank Chopp, committed community partners, passionate students and innovative faculty, UW launched a new effort this past Sunday to get more homeless young people connected to services. Called the Doorway Project, the effort looks to make services accessible for homeless young people who for whatever reason aren’t connected to shelter, food, medical care and case management. The idea is to create pop-up events over the course of this academic year, learn what works and possibly launch a homeless services navigation center in the U District grounded in lessons from the Doorway Project.

The first pop-up event this past Sunday attracted dozens of homeless young people for food, free winter clothing and mapping of the U District from their eyes. In this context, mapping means identifying where they see help and where they see threats. Over the course of four hours, 67 vouchers for free food were used. You can read more about the project here.