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October 15, 2020

Studying in progress signs now available

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Download and print a copy so everyone around you knows when you are busy with classes, studying and meetings. Download a PDF of the do not disturb signs: Purple do not disturb signs Black do not disturb signs Dark gold do not disturb signs Gold do not disturb signs   Class in progress signs Click…


October 1, 2020

Welcome to the 2020-21 academic year

Ed Taylor

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Our inter-connected and inter-dependent community is filled with people who care, and I want to remind everyone to find moments of joy and gratitude in each day.


September 16, 2020

Remembering Bill Gates, Sr.

Ed Taylor

Photo of Bill Gates Sr.

UAA’s Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor reflects on the larger meaning of his first meeting with Bill Gates, Sr. in this remembrance and appreciation.


July 31, 2020

Megan Kennedy named director of UW Resilience Lab

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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Kennedy brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, ranging from a deep, clinical understanding of the importance of mental health to influencing organizational structures and systems so they better support individuals. Creating more concrete connections between the Resilience Lab and other campus partners whose work intersects with resilience and compassion is one…


June 10, 2020

I am breathing, but I’m not OK

Ed Taylor

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Are you OK? People have been asking me, and I’ve been asking others. I appreciate the question and those asking. Please keep asking. The truth of the matter is that things are not OK. As I write this, I’m staying home because of COVID-19, and a citywide curfew resulting from threats of violence throughout our city and county. I am also grieving the death of George Floyd. The simple answer is I am breathing, but I’m not OK. Nothing about the moment is OK.


April 22, 2020

Field report: Honors course explores whether national parks are in progress or peril

Jenelle Birnbaum

Photo of the class with Mt. Rainier in the background.

This course will take students on an exciting two week field study to the three “wilderness jewels” of Washington state’s national parks, Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades, and follow with class time in autumn quarter. Students should be comfortable hiking moderately strenuous trails almost every day of the trip, camping in remote locations, and…


April 15, 2020

University of Washington junior Virginia Burton receives prestigious Truman Scholarship

Jenelle Birnbaum

Photo of Virginia Burton hiking

Congratulations to University of Washington junior, Virginia Burton, for being selected for the prestigious Truman Scholarship. A highly competitive award, only 62 students were selected  from more than 773 nominations. The scholarship recognizes future leaders driven to make change at the policy level. Students are selected based on outstanding leadership, demonstrated civic engagement, academic potential…


March 6, 2020

UW Honors students use art to disrupt the narrative on homelessness 

Jenelle Birnbaum

Portrait of Addis Michael Jr.

Students in the Interdisciplinary Honors class “Citizen Acts to Challenge Poverty” collaborated with Real Change to bring the exhibit Portraits for Change to the UW campus. The gallery features portraits and biographies of Real Change newspaper vendors, originally commissioned and curated by Real Change art director, Jon Williams. The idea of hosting this exhibit grew…


February 3, 2020

UW recognized for institutional commitment to community engagement

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Graphic for 2020 Carnegie designation

All three University of Washington campuses are among the 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification this year, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement. This important classification is awarded following a process of self-study by each institution, which is then assessed by a national review committee…


January 31, 2020

MLK Week 2020 video

Sovechea Sophanna

Photo of student working to remove invasive ivy

The University of Washington’s MLK Week was organized to remind us of the history and the fight that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many other lives have put up for freedom and equality. Watch the video here.



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