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A message from your VP

Dear Student Life staff,


It’s hard to believe fall quarter is ending and a new year is only days away. In my address to you at the Student Life Kickoff in October, I mentioned I’d be exploring ways in which we communicate throughout the division and with students. This staff e-newsletter is one of the ways I plan to stay connected with you over the course of the academic year. Here you’ll get a glimpse into progress on division-wide priorities, as well as general updates and spotlights on various units and staff members. As always, I welcome your feedback on the type of information you’d like to receive through this communication.

My first five months at the UW have been busy and, as with any transition, adjusting to a new environment has its challenges (like Seattle weather, for example!). But, more importantly, in my short time here I am already enlightened and inspired. I owe that to the great work that you as a division are doing and, through collaboration, I look forward to building upon this foundation to make even greater strides at this world-class university. Read more...

Unit spotlight: Q Center

Q Center logoJen Self, Q Center Director, shares the latest news and program updates from the center, which commemorates its 10th anniversary this year.

Fausto at Lavender GraduationThis year the Q Center celebrates 10 years of service to the queer, trans* and LGBTQ University of Washington communities! In conjunction with this anniversary, we are thrilled to announce that we have hired our second full-time professional staff member. Jaimee Marsh, a 2008 University of Washington graduate (more info here), will join us this month (working remotely) as assistant director. She will officially be on campus starting Tuesday, January 7. Jaimee is also a former employee of the Q Center, a McNair Scholar and a graduate of the University of Michigan Master’s of Social Work program. We are excited to welcome her return to the UW – and to take her back from the University of Michigan! Read more...

What is the Husky Experience?

Orientation 2013By now, you may have heard of an initiative called the “Husky Experience.” In conjunction with our colleagues in the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMAD), Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) and others, we in Student Life are committed to an integrated learning experience by shaping the Husky Experience. Throughout all student orientation sessions this summer, the Husky Experience initiative was promoted to students as part of their introduction to the UW. Students were challenged to consider four key ideas – identity, choices, relationships and trajectories – which help to define the Husky Experience. Read more...

New campus-wide survey for undergrads

In winter quarter, the UW will administer the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey to all enrolled undergraduate students. The survey, which is conducted online, will gather information about student engagement in activities that previously have been shown to influence student learning and positive educational outcomes, both inside and outside of the classroom. Results will be used to inform improvement of our academic and Student Life programs to increase student engagement and support teaching and learning. Read More...

You're invited: Winter's a Beach

Snowman on the beachWhat: Winter's a Beach: A staff celebration of summer in December... FREE food and drinks and FUN-tivities with your Student Life colleagues

To tap into the holiday spirit of giving, we have teamed up with ROOTS, a University District shelter and service center for homeless young adults, to donate items on their wish list, including men's deodorant, socks, gloves, cough drops, chapstick, orca cards, grocery gift cards and more.

When: Wednesday, December 18, 3:30-5:00 pm

Where: Alder Hall Commons 

Win prizes: Come dressed in your summer gear, bring donations, and participate in FUN-tivities!

Read more and RSVP...

Happy Holidays!

Holiday HuskiesAre you looking for a great holiday gift idea for a spouse, registered domestic partner, or yourself? Give the gift of health with an IMA Membership Gift Certificate! Contact the Member Services Desk for more information: 206-543-4590.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season -- and a prosperous new year ahead!



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