Office of the VP for Student Life

A message from your VP


What a busy winter quarter it has been! I know many of you may have questions about the transitions happening at the executive level of the university, so I’d like to take this opportunity to address that briefly. 

First, with the departure of Michael K. Young, we are losing a devoted supporter of Student Life. President Young has been an excellent partner for our division during his time at the UW, demonstrated through his involvement in the launch of the Sexual Assault Task Force; leading the charge to initiate the Parent and Family Programs office; bringing greater attention to the international student experience; and connecting with campus student leadership groups, to name a few examples. The good news is that he is leaving in place a strong team of individuals who are committed to student support.

As of Tuesday, March 3, Ana Mari Cauce is officially the UW’s interim president and Jerry Baldasty has moved into the role of interim provost. As the process gets underway in the coming weeks for the presidential search, there will be further university-wide updates about this progress.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to look at the other articles in this edition of the Student Life staff e-news to learn more about the excellent work happening in our division. As Ana Mari mentioned last week in her first email to the UW community as interim president, “Our students – from all walks of life and circumstances – believe anything is possible,” and it is you, the staff of this university and Student Life, who make all of this possible. As always, I appreciate your dedication and boundless efforts in accelerating the UW!  I look forward to seeing you around campus soon.


Spotlight: Assessment Committee

Deborah Costar, Housing & Food Services Assistant Director and Student Life Assessment Committee Chair, shares the latest news from the committee.

Students on west campusWith representation from across the division, the Student Life Assessment Committee is continuing its work to “advance knowledge and application of assessment and data-driven decisions.” Although the group has been in existence for several years, this is the first time it has been appointed by the Vice President for Student Life, as of April 2014. This official committee charge illustrates the high priority Denzil is placing on assessment. Read more online.

What is HUA Voice Radio?

HUA Voice Radio, photo by Kaia D'Albora

Navigating the UW can be daunting to students, especially for those who aren’t native English speakers. HUA Voice Radio was created for Chinese students, by Chinese students. Now airing five hours a day, five nights a week, HUA Voice programs offer students support and entertainment. The programs are heard live on campus and around the world via an internet streaming service to Chinese radio stations via a relationship with Chinese TuneIn Radio. A podcast option allows even greater reach. Without any promotion, the shows have more than 2,300 daily listeners in China. Read the full story online.

Qolors, the 10th Anniversary

Q Center Staff with Mia McKenzieBeginning the week of April 6, the Q Center, Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center and Queer People of Color Alliance (QPOCA) will host Qolors, an annual reception celebrating queer and trans* people of color communities and the intersections of all the identities we embody. Qolors is a community-building space and, with this in mind, this year’s events will focus on the power of our local community, activists and organizations. In recognition of the 10-year anniversary, Qolors will expand beyond a daytime reception to incorporate a week of events centering on the theme of “ART for the Heart.” Last year, the reception drew the largest attendance in its history with 140 guests, and we expect to set a new record this year! See the full schedule online.

New Career Center @ Engineering

Engineering building and Drumheller fountain

The Student Life Career Center is thrilled to announce the upcoming launch of the Career Center @ Engineering, a partnership between our career center and the College of Engineering.

The Career Center @ Engineering will respond to the needs of both undergraduate and graduate students seeking internships and employment. It will function as a single entry point for employers who contact the UW looking to hire engineering professionals. This partnership is uniquely positioned to develop additional employer contacts that will benefit not only engineering, but also other majors and departments particularly in the realm of STEM. Read the full story online.

Dare to Do Challenge

Anne Garrett, IMA fitness coordinatorAnne Garrett, fitness coordinator at the IMA and a Whole U ambassador, recently posted an article for the “Dare to Do in 2015” challenge on staying motivated to exercise. She checked in with five UW staff and faculty members, who are long-time IMA regulars, to hear their inspiring stories. A resounding theme emerged from these testimonials – each person has overcome a failure to find lasting joy and meaning in their wellness routines. To learn more about what helps these individuals maintain healthy habits, read the full article online.


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