Student Life

September 29, 2021

Autumn 2021 Resources & Opportunities (Vol. 1) – Husky Pawket Guide

Hi Huskies,

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome you to a new academic year. For those of you who are new to campus, I’m Denzil Suite, your Vice President for Student Life.

You’ve been getting lots of long emails from UW leadership. My goal with these messages (Pawket Guide – get it? Anyone?) is to equip you with need-to-know info and tips to help you maximize your Husky Experience, in a format that’s quick to read and easy to digest.

Ok, let’s get started…


    1. Health and Safety
    2. Connecting with Community
    3. Mental Health Moment
    4. Career and Internships
    5. Navigating UW

1. Health and Safety

COVID-19: In many ways, the UW community is ahead of the curve on COVID protection measures;

  • Students report being vaccinated at a rate well above 90%.

Still, there are some important to-do’s and precautions we must take in order to ensure a healthy and safe campus experience:

Husky Coronavirus Testing is UW’s COVID-19 testing program, and is free for students. All students are being asked to get tested after arriving to campus.

Personal Safety: SafeCampus is available any time if you ever need to anonymously discuss safety and well-being concerns for yourself or others.


If you are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and  follow the instructions for what to do if you feel sick.

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2. Connecting with Community

Registered student organizations (RSOs) are a great way to connect with students who have similar interests and are looking to meet people.

Dawg Daze is UW’s annual kickoff celebration, featuring music, games, giveaways, and opportunities to connect with other Huskies and get to know UW – on now through Oct. 3.

The Husky Union Building (HUB) is your home for community. Get to know the HUB and other Huskies at one of the many upcoming events at the HUB:

  • HUB Crawl: Karaoke Night – Sep. 29 (tonight!), 6 – 8 p.m. (HUB Patio)
  • HUB Crawl: Take a Paws, Make Art – Sep. 30 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (HUB Street)
  • Poster Sale – Oct. 4 – 8 (HUB Patio)

UW Recreation’s Preview Week gives you free access to classes like yoga, Bollywood dance, meditation, and more (now through Oct. 1).

The first UW Public Lecture of the year features Nyle DiMarco, deaf activist and winner of America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars – get tickets now (Oct. 12).


The HUB’s Event Calendars page highlights opportunities to get involved around campus and connect with other Huskies.

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3. Mental Health Moment

Did you know as a UW student you have access to 24/7 mental health support? Explore UW’s range of resources and support services available to students:


24/7 consultation with a counselor is available to UW students.
If you feel overwhelmed, concerned about a friend, or you’re not sure what you need but you’d like to talk, take a few minutes to connect with us.
Learn more at

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4. Career and Internships

Job and internship postings are at an all-time high on UW’s virtual recruitment platform, Handshake. Here’s a glance at how many new jobs and internships were posted on Handshake within a single week in mid-September:

  • 1,779 jobs
  • 824 internships

Complete your Handshake account and start networking!

Attend the Virtual Business Career Fair (Oct. 14) – Network with dozens of employers who are all looking to recruit UW students and alumni for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities. All majors welcome! Student registration opens Sep. 30.

There are jobs and internships out there, and it’s as important as ever to build your skills, experience, and network. Here are a few things you may want to check out:

Job/internship postings (undergrad):

Job/internship postings (grad):

LinkedIn Learning courses available to you now:


The Career & Internship Center is here to support you with guidance and resources, including Handshake, UW’s online job and internship platform.

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5. Navigating UW

Class full? Get notified when a spot opens up by setting seat availability notifications with Notify.UW.

Scout helps you filter and find campus food, tech you can borrow, and study spaces.

UW Dining is open and ready to serve students at cafés, restaurants, markets, food trucks, and more across campus. Visit the EAT page for current hours, open dining locations, and new mobile ordering options.

The Student Technology Loan Program allows students to borrow laptops, cameras, and other equipment to support your Husky Experience for free.

CLUE is the largest free tutoring program at UW. Topics include: Math, Chemistry, Physics, Writing, Biology, Economics, Statistics, and Computer Science & Engineering.

All UW Libraries are open! See new policies, hours, and services to learn what’s different and ensure a smooth visit.


Students with disabilities can request academic accommodations at any time through the Disability Resources for Students office. Learn more about accommodations.

Leaders of the Pack

Finally, a couple of spotlights to help you get to know a bit about your student leadership…

Mustapha Samateh (ASUW President)

Mustapha is the president of the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW).

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Academic Year: Junior
Major/Studies: Political Science and International Security
Hometown: Originally from Gambia (West Africa), lives in Seattle
Favorite place on campus: The Husky Union Building

What does your position entail? I see my role as more of the Student Representative because it involves a lot of interfacing between the different levels of administration at our university and my fellow students. I represent students’ interest at the Board of Regents (the highest decision-making body at UW) and the Faculty Senate (the faculty version of student government).

Why did you get involved in student leadership? I believe that one of the things that separates students from marginalized communities from everyone else is the opportunity for participation and representation. I chose to pursue my role in ASUW because I want to be a representative for my community and help advocate for opportunities and spaces that welcome all students to grow from all corners of our campus.

Contact Mustapha:


Aaron Yared (GPSS President)

Aaron is the president of the UW Graduate & Professional Student Senate (GPSS).

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Academic Year: 3L
Major/Studies: Law
Hometown: Lynnwood, WA
Favorite place on campus: The HUB

What does your position entail? Representing and advocating for the over 15,000 graduate and professional students to stakeholders across campus as well as legislatively on the state and federal levels.

Why did you get involved in student leadership? I got involved in student leadership because UW has done so much for me over the past 8 years and I wanted to give back so that future students can have the same positive experience that I had.

Contact Aaron:

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