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
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
Jen Self, Q Center Director, shares the latest news and program updates from the center, which commemorates its 10th anniversary this year.
This 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?
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
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
What: 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
Read more and RSVP...
Are 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!