Did you know that more than 30 percent of University of Washington undergrads are first-generation students? We also have many faculty and staff who are proud to be the first in their families to earn their degree. I am one of them.
The University of Washington is participating in the National First-Generation College Celebration next week. If you’re a first-generation student, I encourage you to join us at one of the upcoming activities happening on the Seattle campus and share your story or share your support for first-gen students on social media.
- Health and Safety
- Connecting with Community
- Mental Health Moment
- Career and Internships
- Navigating UW
1. Health and Safety
Help your fellow Huskies by taking a 10-minute survey about your basic needs (food, housing, etc.)!
Check your email for an invite from Student Life to take the Washington Student Experience Survey by Nov. 17. UW is participating in the statewide survey, which will help universities understand the needs and challenges of students in our state. The survey is anonymous.
Goodnight Instagram, goodnight homework: Learn more about sleep by downloading the Goodnight Huskies e-book full of educational information and reflective exercises to get a better night’s sleep!
Stay active, reduce stress and have fun with a Rec Class Pass: Enjoy access to dozens of fitness and mindfulness classes hosted by friendly, knowledgeable instructors. Options include both online and in-person attendance. Morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes are available. Sign up for one class or 10, and join us when your schedule allows. Purchase a Rec Class Pass.
Husky Gratitude Challenge starts Nov. 15: LiveWell will have postcard stations set up all over campus Nov. 15-17 for you to pause, express gratitude (which is good for our mental and physical health) and then LiveWell will mail the postcard anywhere in the world for free! Watch for info about where to get your gratitude postcards!
2. Connecting with Community
UW is honoring veteran students, faculty, staff and alumni with a series of events for Veterans Appreciation Week, including:
- Nov. 4: Salute to Service Tailgate and Salute to Service Football for all UW students, staff, faculty and alumni veterans and their families. RSVP for the tailgate.
- Nov. 8: U.S. Flagpole Polishing Party, 9-10:30 a.m. Open to everyone. Register to participate.
- Nov. 11: Veterans Day Ceremony — annual Veterans Day ceremony at UW Seattle Medal of Honor Memorial honoring the bravery of all who have served.
Learn more about Veterans Appreciation Week events and activities.
Share your treasured food traditions: Are you missing your favorite meals from home? Whether you’re from China or the Pacific Northwest, India or the American South, food connects us. In partnership with ASUW’s Office of International Student Advocacy (OISA), UW Dining presents Recipes from Home. Students are encouraged to submit their favorite recipes. We will feature select recipes at Center Table and Local Point for everyone to enjoy. We also plan to compile the recipes and will share the delicious inspiration on social media. Submit your favorite recipes from home!
Apply now for the Husky Experience Student Advisory Council: Help advance the Husky Seed Fund, an award that brings to life innovative ideas by students that are inclusive, impactful and inventive to the UW. Gain valuable experience advancing and managing a program that will impact thousands of students at UW. The program’s goal is to award funds for projects that will enhance students’ extracurricular experience. Submit your application.
Join the Student Employee Resiliency Group: This group is a space for student employees to come together in a peer-to-peer space to connect interpersonally along with learning and implementing skills to improve their time management, well-being and stress management. Meetings will alternate Monday/Tuesday nights every week for the rest of the quarter to accommodate varying schedules. Sign up for the group.
3. Mental Health Moment
Does UW have mental health care? How does it work?
UW offers a variety of mental health services to enrolled Seattle students:
- In a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
- Get free virtual drop–in support from a counselor during the academic quarter via Let’s Talk.
- For students in crisis or outside of Washington state, use our free same-day multilingual and 24/7 support service My SSP to be connected with a counselor for individual counseling or crisis support.
- If you know you want medications for a mental health condition, you can start by making an appointment with a general practitioner at Hall Health by calling 206-685-1011 for medication evaluation.
- If you are seeking a one–time appointment or short–term counseling with a therapist, schedule the appointment via our Student Portal.
- Get support in community with free mental health workshops and group therapy.
- Schedule a Peer Wellness Coaching appointment or attend a Peer Health Education workshop.
- UW Recreation also offers mindfulness, yoga and meditation classes.
4. Career and Internships
Non-Tech in Tech Alumni Panel Nov. 9
Come for a conversation with UW alumni working in the tech field in non–technical roles! This is a great way to hear from alumni who have walked the path before you.
When: 4–5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9
Virtual Session: Connect and login.
Experience job simulations with real companies
Build skills, get experience and find your career fit with Forage, a free and open-access online library of job simulations and employer challenges from well-known companies such as Accenture, General Electric and SAP. Visit the Employer Challenges section to try out some of these simulations.
5. Navigating UW
Every Thursday, the Libraries’ Open Scholarship Commons hosts online drop–in help sessions. Find the right tools, resources and instruction whether you’re just getting started or are working on an on–going project. See hours and Zoom link.
Apply by Nov. 5 for the Husky Leadership Certificate Cohort: Through the Husky Leadership Certificate, students identify, articulate and demonstrate their leadership learning, growth and accomplishments. Students create a leadership e-portfolio and are matched with their own mentor (faculty member/staff member/alumni) who helps them reflect upon and give voice to their leadership development. Students must be a senior or 5th year student to be considered. Apply for the cohort.
Learn about undergraduate research in 15 seconds: Undergraduate Research Program Director Sophie Pierszalowski takes on the challenge of explaining the Undergraduate Research Program in less than 15 seconds at a time. Watch the video.
Join the College of Arts & Sciences Big Read: The College of Arts & Sciences is launching its Rethinking the Academy initiative by inviting students, faculty and staff to read “The New Education” by Cathy Davidson, followed by conversations about how we can enhance teaching and learning at the University of Washington. Register for the keynote with the author at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 (in person or Zoom).