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A message from your VP

Dear Student Life Staff,


As we prepare to send another class of UW graduates out into the world, I’d like to take a moment to commend your great work on student engagement across campus. The UW has been a leader in the holistic development of students for years now, but over the last several months, I’ve observed the broad support that has taken hold university-wide.

Deans, department chairs, academic advisers, administrative partners and others are joining the conversation on how we actively engage students in a truly well-rounded experience during their time here. We should view this discussion both as a compliment to the work we do within Student Life, as well as a challenge to continue to elevate the importance of student support and development. Read more.

Mini-conference 2014: A recap

The Student Life Staff Development Committee hosted its annual mini-conference on Thursday, April 3. This year’s theme, Foundations of Student Life, brought together more than 140 staff members from Student Life, Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity.

The day began with a unique twist on a keynote address: the audience itself became this portion of the agenda. After watching a TED Talk delivered by Simon Sinek, participants divided into small groups and discussed the “why” behind the work they do in higher education; specifically, they considered the question, “What is our why?” (A summary of the conference group discussion is available here.) Participants were encouraged to continue the conversation within their respective departments after the conference. Read more.

Unit spotlight: Disability Resources for Students

Bree Callahan, Disability Resources for Students (DRS) Director, shares the latest news and program updates from DRS.DRS office

What a year 2013-2014 has been for DRS! Spring quarter marks the end of my first 18 months as the new UW DRS Director, as well as my first full academic year on campus. With so much transformation in DRS, it looks, feels and operates like a completely remodeled office.

Last summer DRS launched myDRS, an online system that allows students to interact with DRS in a completely electronic way. Through myDRS students can now: sign up for DRS services, submit approved accommodations to faculty, upload/download class notes, schedule exams, access electronic course materials, and so much more! Read more.

The Green Dot movement

In partnership with the university as a whole, the Division of Student Life is enhancing its ongoing commitment to a safer campus through Green Dot, a bystander intervention program aimed at reducing sexual assault and relationship violence in our community. Bystander intervention has been touted as a best practice both in the University of Washington President’s Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The theory behind bystander intervention is that everyone is responsible for stopping sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking.

Green Dot logoGreen Dot prepares students to intervene when they are faced with a violent situation or see warning signs that violence may occur. Through Green Dot training, students learn a range of skills and develop intervention strategies for situations they may face. As one student wrote after participation in Green Dot training, “I really enjoyed the opportunity to come up with our own strategies to address potentially dangerous situations that were realistically based on our lives. It was also helpful for me to identify my own barriers to intervention and find that there are many ways to intervene while keeping myself safe.” Read more.

Photo of the quarter

Chief Vinson in China

UWPD Chief Vinson's China Visit
Chief Vinson recently traveled to China for a presentation at Beijing's Peking University on UWPD's public safety practices. He also ran a marathon along the Great Wall while he was there!

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