Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Service and leadership

Community engagement is at the core of what we do. Being a public university calls us to connect with communities in Washington state and around the world in meaningful, authentic and reciprocal ways. Our faculty, staff and students serve in partnership with leaders in nonprofits and neighborhood organizations, coming together to nourish our communities by combining knowledge and resources. UAA programs stand at this nexus, enlivening the UW’s aims to educate undergraduates to be servant-leaders in and with community.


What you’ll find here: Service and leadership opportunities // Peer-to-peer leadership opportunities //  UAA’s university-wide service and leadership // Community engagement and leadership stories


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Teaching across borders

Alumna Tammy Tarhini (’17) learns to be a better doctor by first serving as a teacher students can identify with.
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Graphic: UW undergraduates gave 616,869 hours to public service in 2017-18

Giving back

Undergrads understand the complexities of societal issues and give back to their communities through public service.
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Service and leadership opportunities

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Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Through community-engaged learning opportunities like paid internships, academic service-learning courses and civic fellowships, the Carlson Center allows students to explore their own identity, gain a deep understanding of complex social issues, and learn how their leadership skills can make a difference in their community.

Carlson Center

 

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Dream Project

UW undergraduates mentor students at under-resourced middle and high schools to support planning for life after high school, including the college applications process. UW students develop leadership skills and learn about education equity, college access and social justice. Course credit and/or paid positions are available.

Dream Project

 

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Husky Leadership Initiative

The Husky Leadership Initiative provides and promotes leadership education opportunities for undergraduates within and beyond the classroom. Through its programs, curriculum and cross-campus collaboration, students cultivate the knowledge, skills and mindsets of effective and ethical change agents and involved community members.

Husky Leadership Initiative

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Jumpstart

Through Jumpstart, UW students provide language, social-emotional and literacy programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all children. UW students gain experience in preschool classrooms, setting goals, teamwork and leadership skills. Workstudy paid positions and class credit are available.

Jumpstart

 

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Mary Gates Endowment for Students

Scholarships for original leadership projects. Students work with a mentor to create a service or leadership project that enables them to learn and develop skills to become future leaders in business, nonprofit organizations and their communities. (Research and innovation scholarships are also offered.)

Mary Gates Endowment

 

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Pipeline Project

UW undergraduates tutor and mentor in K-12 schools in Seattle and across Washington state. Through Alternative Spring Break, seminars and tutoring K-12 students, undergraduates become familiar with diverse cultures, build relationships with communities, gain leadership skills and study issues of equity and access in education.

Pipeline Project

Peer-to-peer leadership opportunities

Peer leaders serve as mentors, supporters, tutors and coaches to other Huskies, helping students feel a sense of belonging on campus. By having a trusted, more experienced student to ask questions and bounce ideas off of, undergrads learn how to make the most of their Husky experience. It’s a win-win for students, and many UAA programs offer peer-to-peer leadership opportunities. 

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Academic Support Programs

Academic Support Programs helps UW students realize their potential through the Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE) and academic success coaches. Leadership positions include CLUE tutors, student success coaches, discussion leaders and front desk manager.

CLUE staff and student coaches

 

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First Year Programs

Empowers entering students to succeed by building community and helping students find their way at the UW. FYP offers several volunteer and paid leadership roles, including First-year Interest Group leaders, orientation leaders and Dawg Daze volunteers.

Leadership Opportunities

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Honors Program

Honors students can be mentors, or peer educators, to assist others in navigating academic and extra-curricular pathways through the University. The Honors curriculum requires participation in experiential learning, including community engagement, service and leadership.

Honors Student Leaders

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Undergraduate Research Program

Students gain leadership capacities through engagement in research. Moreover, through the Undergraduate Research Leaders Program, students serve as catalysts who bring awareness and insights about research to peers, gaining outreach, professional development and leadership experience.

Undergraduate Research Leaders

 

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Undergraduate Advising

UAA peer advisers are UW students trained in advising work, and work with students on major exploration, course registration, accessing academic resources, problem solving and decision making.

Peer advisers

UAA’s university-wide service and leadership

We advocate for undergraduate education in shaping University policy. Our leadership champions undergraduate education at the individual, University and state levels.

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Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity

Programs in the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD) offer opportunities for undergraduates to connect with mentors to participate in research, engage in community-based learning and leadership and apply for scholarships to support their undergraduate education and to participate in post-graduate opportunities.

EXPD

 

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Office for Youth Programs, Development and Support

A centralized resource providing consultation, educational resources and coordination of University-wide efforts to promote the safety and well-being of youth involved in UW programs. Serves as the administrative home for APS 10.13 Requirements for University and Third Party Led Youth Programs.

Youth Programs Office

 

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Othello-UW Commons

The Othello-UW Commons includes community partnerships and academically grounded community service informed by research, teaching and scholarship. Located in the Othello neighborhood, it’s a physical space for the UW community and local partners to come together to benefit Southeast Seattle.

Othello-UW Commons

 

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Student Academic Services

Student Academic Services supports all students on their path into and through the university, while also advocating for students who need more connection and support. Their programs include Advising, Academic Support Programs and First Year Programs.

Student Academic Services

Community engagement and leadership stories


  • The 23rd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium moves online

    May 12, 2020

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    On Friday, May 15, 2020, more than 850 undergraduates will participate in the 23rd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, which will be held online. When held in person, the UW’s Undergraduate Research Symposium is one of the largest in the country. This year’s online event is likely to follow suit. Student presenters represent all three University…

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

    April 22, 2020

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    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…

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  • University of Washington junior Virginia Burton receives prestigious Truman Scholarship

    April 15, 2020

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    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…

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