UW Retirement Association

March 27, 2018

UW Encore March 2018

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Engaging Experience for the Greater Good

Tuesday, March 27, 2018



Huskies@Work Career Exploration – The opportunity to connect with students reminds us all of the importance of asking questions and that we should never stop learning!” – UW Alumnus

UW retirees are invited to participate in this job-shadowing and/or career exploration opportunity with UW students in the month of May. UW undergraduates will meet one-on-one with a UW retiree or alumnus/ae to learn firsthand about careers in their field of study. Participants select the dates and times of their meeting.  Learn more about the program HERE.  Please apply to participate by April 9 HERE.

Earth Day/Week 2018 – “Planting the seeds for a sustainable future”  April 4-21, Multiple Locations –  From UW Sustainability Action Network’s (UWSAN) Earth Day celebration on Red Square and Plastics Pollution Forum in the UW Tower auditorium (April 20) to natural area restoration work parties (April 19 and 21), you can find a full listing of ways to learn about and participate in sustainability in April HERE.

Doorway Project’s Third Pop Up Café: Sunday, April 22 from 12 – 4 p.m. at the University Heights Center – Planning has begun for the third Doorway Project Pop-Up Cafe. Updates will be posted HERE as more specifics are known. The Doorway Project creates a safe and welcoming place for young people experiencing homelessness where they can access resources and tools to help them thrive in daily life.

ISSUE FOCUS: Diversity in STEM Fields

A Social and Demographic Trends report published on January 9, 2018 by the Pew Research Center noted that while the number of jobs in computer science fields has increased by 338% since 1990, the representation of women in computer science jobs has decreased by 7%. Though some progress has been made, black and Hispanic workers remain significantly underrepresented in most STEM fields.

MESA manWhy is diversity in STEM fields important? In his September 2014 Scientific American post “Diversity in STEM: What It Is and Why It Matters” Kenneth Gibbs, Jr., Director of the Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, asserts that true excellence can’t be achieved in a mono-cultural setting. Often, he holds, the key to scientific breakthroughs is the ability to see a problem from multiple perspectives that are provided by a diverse team.  In addition, a focus on team diversity makes much greater use of the talent pool and maintains long-term economic growth and global competitiveness, Gibbs states.

UW Efforts: The UW is working in many ways to encourage diversity in the STEM student cohort.  A complete list of pre-College, Undergraduate and Graduate programs, student organizations and national STEM diversity organizations can be found on the UW Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation webpage. Information about additional STEM diversity programs STEMsub (Math, Science Upward Bound – one of seven federal programs for eligible high school students) and WSOS (Washington State Opportunity Scholarship – supporting low- and middle-income students as they earn their bachelor’s degrees and enter the workforce) can be found at these links: STEMsub and WSOS  MESA group

Volunteer Opportunities: Both the Seattle and Washington State MESA (Math, Engineering and Science Achievement) Days are great opportunities to help celebrate middle and high school students’ innovation and hard work in STEM endeavors. These MESA programs are affiliated with the UW’s commitment to awaken interest in STEM fields and build a pipeline of students with diverse experiences and perspectives to STEM studies in higher education. Please consider volunteering to lend a hand to one or both of their events:

Seattle MESA Day – Saturday, April 28 – UW Fishery (1122 NE Boat St) – A variety of positions are available including report reviewing prior to the event and day of event duties. A full list of opportunities and a link to the sign up page can be found on this webpage.

Washington State MESA Day – Saturday, June 19th – Microsoft Conference Center (Redmond) – Please watch for event and sign up information in the April UW Encore e-digest. In the meantime, save the date!

STEM Diversity Stories: Learn about challenges faced by people who are diversifying STEM fields in this series of Vanity Fair interviews from November/December of 2016.  Part One: Anne Wojcicki, Biologist and Debbie Sterling, Engineer – Part Two: Kimberly Bryant, Electrical Engineer and Diana Albarrán Chicas, Electrical Engineer – Part Three: Dr. Mae Jemison, First Woman of Color in Space and Dr. Ronke Olabisi, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering – Part Four: Dr. Michio Kaku, Physicist; Co-founder of String Field Theory and Dr. Jedidah Isler, Astrophysicist.

SO HugREMINDER: Special Olympics 2018 USA Games Needs Volunteers 

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games – June 30 to July 6 – Multiple venues: Bring your friends and family (children volunteering must be over the age of 12) to be part of this experience that transforms lives through sport. There are still ten openings with the UWRA volunteer team at the bocce ball competition on July 3rd and 4th at the Dempsey Indoor Track and Field facility. There are also 15 other opportunities to volunteer including being part of the Cheer Line that will applaud athletes along a path into Husky Stadium on July 1 from 9:0oam to Noon for the opening ceremonies. Please contact uwencore@uw.edu for more information or visit this page now for directions about how to sign up to volunteer. The deadline to sign up is April 30.


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Maintaining Campus Connections in Retirement: Have you returned to the UW to lend your skills to a UW program, unit, department or school – either as a volunteer or in a paid capacity? We’d love to hear about your experience as we identify meaningful ways to maintain engagement with the UW. Please email us at uwencore@uw.edu or call 206-685-7728.  26% volunteer at UW according to the survey.

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