Professional Staff Organization


  • November is National Native American Heritage month

    November 18, 2022

    The PSO wishes to recognize November as National Native American Heritage month. This language was developd by the Department of Chemistry, and they've graciously allowed us to share this with the professional staff community. The language has been lightly edited for this audience (eg, replacing "I" with "we"): Native American Heritage month was passed by…

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  • PSO Board Member Spotlight: Sean C. Thomas

    November 14, 2022

    Why I Joined the PSO Board Sean C. Thomas I “officially” joined UW in January 2020 and my office is located in downtown Seattle.  I had only been to campus (Health Science) once before COVID-19 transitioned the majority of us to working from home.  If I was not feeling disconnected from the greater UW community…

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  • PSO Legislative Preview 11/9 12:30 HUB 250

    October 28, 2022

    Join us for our annual PSO Legislative Preview with featured speaker Joe Dacca, the UW Director of State Relations. It will take place on Wednesday, November 9th at 12:30 in HUB 250. Beverages will be provided.

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  • How to submit a PSLF form completion request

    October 10, 2022

    When you can apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), you'll need a representative from UW to complete and sign a section of your application. When you are ready for this step, go to the Integrated Service Center (ISC)'s PSLF Form Completion Request page. The page has PSLF frequently asked questions and information and how…

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  • Resources for supporting student mental health

    October 10, 2022

    Many professional staff work closely with UW students and should know about mental health resources that exist for students. You may not be a counselor but you can support students in getting the help they need. If you work with students, check out the Mental Health Resources page. It includes A two-page guide on what…

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  • BIPOC Staff Development Program Launching October 19th

    September 14, 2022

    Launching in October, this new program for staff who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color BIPOC is designed to foster community, advance professional development and increase engagement and retention of BIPOC staff at the University of Washington. Content includes self-paced online programming, in-person and Zoom events, competency-based workshops and specialized content — all…

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  • Apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) before Oct 31

    September 12, 2022

    Are you an UW employee with student loans? Due to a temporary waiver from the U.S. Department of Education, you have until Oct 31, 2022 to take advantage of a temporary rule change to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. You may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balances after making 120 payments while…

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  • Research Scientist A-4 union update

    August 11, 2022

    Following the vote in June to approve the petition to be represented by the UW Researchers United union (UWRU), the approximately 1,450 Research Scientist Engineer Assistants and RSEs 1-4 (RSE A-4s) were placed in a status of “dynamic status quo."  Dynamic status quo is a legal measure to ensure that workers cannot be penalized or…

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  • LinkedIn Learning benefit

    August 8, 2022

    Reminder! As a UW employee you get access to LinkedIn Learning, an on-demand video learning platform for enhancing professional, personal, and academic skills. Learn more about LinkedIn Learning and log in with your UW credentials at  

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  • Universal U-PASS is now here!

    July 1, 2022

    Outgoing PSO Board member, Matt Weatherford, co-authored an article that documented the journey of how a coalition of employees, unions, and community members helped pass the fully-subsidized U-PASS as an universal employee benefit. PSO has also published our own timeline of transportation advocacy that supported the creation of this benefit. Reminder! Everyone that is paid…

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