Faculty & Staff Insider

October 16, 2018

New academic year, new projects: Meet the contributors to September’s #YouW Photo Contest

With the academic year in full swing, University of Washington teams excitedly shared projects they’re working on.

September's Photo contest winners: the DO-IT team!

DO-IT students participate in career and community building events throughout their summer program!

September's Photo contest winners: the DO-IT team!

DO-IT program students learn about Web Design in a career-orientated workshop!

September's Photo contest winners: the DO-IT team!

The Center for Neurotechnology's diversity manager and DO-IT program manager Scott Bellman shows students brains from a variety of animals during a neurotechnology workshop.

September's Photo contest winners: the DO-IT team!

DO-IT students prepare for career-readiness with mock job interviews!

September's Photo contest winners: the DO-IT team!

Students take a break and enjoy a fun round of summer karaoke

September's Photo contest winners: the DO-IT team!

Kicking off the program, a staff member of the DO-IT team helps out with registration.

September's Photo contest winners: the DO-IT team!

Accessibility Specialist Gaby de Jongh helps a student discover Dragon Naturally Speaking, an assistive technology that types what a user speaks.

September's Photo contest winners: the DO-IT team!

Kudos to the awesome DO-IT team!

The winner of September’s #YouW employee photo contest is the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) team. Their hardworking team is dedicated to promoting accessibility and inclusion for students with a broad spectrum of disabilities, empowering them with personal and technical skills as they look towards meaningful careers and independence.

Elizabeth Lee, publications coordinator and operations specialist, told the story of DO-IT’s jam-packed and accomplished summer: “Every year we host 40 high school students with disabilities on the UW campus for two weeks, engaging in both academic and fun, team-building activities.”

Want to participate? In November, reflect back on your team’s biggest accomplishments from 2018. Post a photo with #YouW or email it to us at uinsider@uw.edu with a description of your team’s boundless achievements for a chance to be featured in UW Insider and on the UW’s social media pages.

mHealth for Mental Heath-BRiTE Center

The runner-up, the mHealth for Mental Health team, is utilizing innovative technology to expand mental health awareness and access. Rachel Brian, research project director, shares the awesome public outreach her team is fostering.

“Last weekend, the mHealth for Mental Health team volunteered at the Seattle /King County Clinic which served over 3,500 people this year at Key Arena. As part of the BRiTE (Behavioral Research in Technology and Engineering) Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, our team spoke with clinic attendees about FOCUS, a mental health smartphone application developed by Dr. Dror Ben-Zeev, co-director of BRiTE. FOCUS targets five mental health areas: mood or depression, sleep issues, social functioning, hearing voices, and medication use.”

Learn more about the important work being done by Rachel and her team by visiting www.mh4mh.org.