We are here for you
We remain dedicated to improving equity and belonging at the University of Washington in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. We are all impacted by efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus in our communities.
While classes move online, we realize that day-to-day interactions and access to in-person resources are limited. In addition to physical limitations, many of us still face challenges based on our marginalized identities: income inequity, bias, microaggressions, violence, houselessness etc… . We recognize that systemic and interpersonal barriers to belonging are still real and experienced during this global public health crisis. Please know that there are resources available to you to help you navigate and find community while you work towards achieving your educational goals.
As a UW student and valued community member, we urge you to be attentive to your physical health and follow the guidelines of health and governmental authorities regarding Covid-19. In addition to your physical safety, we strongly encourage you to stay mindful of your emotional and mental wellbeing and seek resources when you need them.
While we may be physically separated, we will remain available and connected via technology in order to support our students. We hope the resources listed here will help you fulfill crucial needs and find personalized support.
Rickey Hall, Vice President for Minority Affairs & Diversity and University Diversity Officer
Ed Taylor, Vice Provost and Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
These resources have been compiled as a result of crowd sharing & researching information. While they are meant to inform and benefit members of the UW community, not all of these resources are directly connected to or endorsed by the UW.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
UW & Community:
- Emergency Fund
- Provost Q&A
- Novel Coronavirus & COVID-19: Facts & Resources
- King County Resource Page
- UW Food Pantry
- Seattle Food Support
- Mutual Aid Solidarity Network “Request Support” Form – Food/Supply Delivery
- Grocery stores offering special hours for at-risk shoppers (list at bottom of article)
- Physical Health:
- Mental Health:
- List of Free Resources for Physical & Mental Health
- U-Haul offers free 30 day storage
- HFS Coronavirus FAQ for Students
- 30-day WA moratorium on evictions
- UW Student Legal Services Zoom Appointments
Immigration Related Information:
- Support for Undocumented Communities during COVID-19 from Immigrants Rising (a list of resources for undocumented folks)
- Healthcare access – safe healthcare centers in the WA
- Free and charitable clinics
- No matter if you have legal documents, you have the right to receive medical attention. At this time, seeking medical attention will not affect your current immigration situation.
- Alien Emergency Medical (AEM)
- Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is now allowing undocumented adults to apply for Alien Emergency Medical (AEM) if they need COVID-19 testing. HCA will come out with more changes/information/direction soon. However, in the meantime, individuals can apply online at www.washingtonconnection.org or by completing the Application for Long-Term Care/Aged, Blind, Disabled Coverage (HCA 18-005). This application can be downloaded from the Health Care Authority website.
- COVID-19 Relief Fund for Undocumented People
- Founded by South Seattle College student organizer, this is a fund to help ensure undocumented families can continue to pay back their rent once the current residential evictions moratorium has been lifted
- El Centro de la Raza – Emergency Response Fund
- Seattle COVID-19 “Request Support” Form – If you need food or other supplies dropped at your front door.
- Languages (Spanish, Amharic, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese)
- Emergency Funds from Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation
- If you are undocumented yourself or have family members who are undocumented and have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you can fill out the request form and receive emergency funds.
- Amazing Educational Resources: A huge list of education companies offering free subscriptions
Technology & Course Support:
- Student Tech Loans
- Online Learning Tips from Academic Support Programs
- UW Libraries Support for Remote Learning
- FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
- AT&T COVID-19 response: open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families
- Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
- Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge
- T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, unlimited data to existing customers, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days no extra charge
- Internet Essentials Free to New Customers: Speeds will increase to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream for all new and existing customers. New families who connect will receive 60 days of Internet service for free. The Internet Essentials program is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.
- Xfinity WiFi Hotspots Free for Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. Map of hotspots: xfinity.com/wifi. At a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network and then launch a browser to connect.
- Comcast is also pausing their data plan for 60 days to give all customers unlimited data for no additional charge, committing to no disconnects or late fees, providing 24×7 network monitoring, and making current movies from Universal Pictures available at home the same day as their global theatrical release.
- For a full list of Comcast’s comprehensive response, please visit comcastcorporation.com/COVID-19/
Small Business & Artist Support:
- WA State Resource List for Impacted Businesses
- Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund
- Artist Trust COVID-19 Resource List
- Open Platform for Theatremakers
Community & Fun Amidst Social Distancing:
- Transgender Law Center Virtual Community Gatherings
- Free Virtual Yoga Classes
- Free Broadway Shows Online
- Netflix Party: Watch Netflix remotely with friends using a Chrome extension
- Virtual Tours of Famous Museums
- On the Boards Free TV until April 2nd
- Social Distancing Festival
- Artist Home Virtual Concert Calendar
- Google Arts & Culture Interactive Frida Kahlo Museum
UW & Community:
If you have additional, relevant resources to share, please send links and description to Leilani Lewis, associate director, diversity communications and outreach.