Sociology Diversity Committee Brownbag Meeting 4/27/16

Please join us for a diversity committee brownbag meeting on Wednesday, April 27th at noon in Savery 245.

The committee will give a quick update about what it has done over the last couple of years, and then open things up for discussion. We want to hear your ideas for how this committee can best support diversity in the department, and gather suggestions for what to focus on going forward.

Since this is a brownbag you should feel free to bring your lunch. We will provide some treats as well.

Questions? Contact faculty chair Sarah Quinn (slquinn@uw.edu) or grad reps Sarah Diefendorf and Maria Vignau.

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Seattle Housing Authority – PAID Internship Opportunities!

Policy Intern, Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives – 2 Openings

Hourly Rate: $15 – $22 per hour

The Seattle Housing Authority, a nationally recognized leader in providing innovative, affordable housing communities, is seeking an Undergraduate- or Graduate-level student with strong analytical and writing skills to work within the Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives. The Housing Authority’s agency-wide annual budget is approximately $186 million, with assets of approximately $1 billion, including component units. The agency owns and manages about 8,000 residential units and administers more than 10,000 Housing Choice Vouchers, with a staff of 500 full time employees; it is an independent municipal corporation.

Seattle Housing Authority’s newly formed Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives has committed to four strategic goals:

  • Focus on improving SHA’s operations and service by using Moving to Work (MTW) authority fully and most effectively;
  • Ensure that SHA’s Strategic Plan is a “living” guide for decisions, priorities, and measures of success;
  • Help SHA become a data driven organization, grounded in solid analysis, so we make well informed and adequately researched choices; and,
  • Elevate SHA’s strategic policy issues to an agency-wide focus

Under direct supervision, the Policy Intern position will assist with special projects, research and analysis in support of the Office.

In accordance with the HUD Act of 1968, Section 3 guidelines, first consideration for this internship will be given to students from very-low or low-income households, including current Seattle Housing Authority/Section 3 Residents.

The application process will begin March 9. First review of application materials is scheduled for March 30.

Minimum Qualifications:
EXPERIENCE:
Basic familiarity with office practices and procedures. General analytical skills.

EDUCATION:
Must be enrolled in an accredited college education program.

 Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

KNOWLEDGE OF:
1. Interpersonal and teamwork skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
2. Verbal and written communication skills.

ABILITY TO:
1. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
2. Plan and organize work in a timely, punctual manner.
3. Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
4. Operate a computer and other office equipment as assigned.
5. Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office and Outlook.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

WORK HOURS:
May work from ten to twenty hours per week while school is in session, and up to full time during school break periods.

ENVIRONMENT:
• Office environment.

PHYSICAL ABILITIES:
• Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
• Seeing to read a variety of materials.
• Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.
• Stooping and kneeling to maintain files.

HAZARDS:
• Occasional contact with dissatisfied or verbally abusive individuals.

Further details and the online application can be found here.

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Grad School Prep Course offered this Spring

Getting Into Grad School: The Inside Scoop About What Works

GRDSCH 200: Preparing for Graduate Education

Are you unsure if you want to attend graduate school? Explore and find out!

Do you know for certain that you want to attend graduate school, but are not sure how to write a quality personal statement? We can help!

Not sure what program or school you want to attend? Find your fit here!

This is a 10-week course for juniors and seniors who know they want to pursue, or are considering the possibility of, graduate education; learn first-hand from faculty and staff involved in graduate admissions how to find a good program fit and how to prepare effective application materials.

The course seeks to engage students in determining the right “fit” for their individual graduate education goals through three primary objectives:

  • Investigation: What is your desire to attend graduate school?
    • What you need to know about the graduate school experience
  • Revelation: What do graduate school admission committees actually expect?
    • Demystify the process
    • Personal statements, resumes/CVs, and letters of recommendation
  • Preparation: How does investigation and revelation lead to finding a “good fit,” and how do you chart a course of action?
    • Why do you want to go? When do you want to go? Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? How can you do it?

The course, GRDSCH 200: Preparing for Graduate Education (Credits: 2; C/NC).

Spring Quarter 2016

For more information or questions, contact Issa Abdulcadir, issa9@uw.edu, or grad.washington.edu/discover/preparing-for-grad-school.shtml

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Considering Law School? Low Cost LSAT Prep Course at UW

Are you interested in going to LAW SCHOOL, but can’t afford to pay $1200+ for LSAT prep classes?

There will be another low-cost, high quality, LSAT prep course offered at UW (open to non-students too). 

You can apply for the course (and see testimonials, etc.) at campusprep.org

$325 LSAT Course

The course will start in April and prepares you for the June test date. The comprehensive, 30 hour, live course includes 3 practice exams and costs $325. (Students who qualify for financial need-based aid pay around $200).

The instructor for the course has taught with Campus Prep for several years. He scored in the top 3 percent on the test, and is one of our top-rated teachers nationally.

SCHEDULE:  (please let us know if this schedule doesn’t work for you)

Tuesdays 6-9pm: 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24

Proctored (practice) exams: Sat. 4/16 11-2pm, Sat. 5/7 11-2pm, Sat. 5/21 11-2pm

“The same caliber as traditional prep courses, but it comes at a cheaper cost.” -Kristine Jackson, Dean of Admissions at CU Boulder Law

You have until midnight on the day of the first class session to receive a full refund for any reason.

Apply ASAP at campusprep.org, as there will likely be more applications than there are spaces available. Email questions to admin@campusprep.org.

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Seeking Tutor-Mentors for EDUC 401, Spring 2016

Attention, Juniors & Seniors!

It’s Not Too Late to Gain Experience and Make a Difference 

Be a Tutor-Mentor: EDUC 401 G & H

UW’s Academic Support Programs is offering a service-learning seminar titled “EDUC 401: Higher Education Tutoring and Mentorship” in Spring Quarter 2016. This weekly seminar introduces juniors and seniors to tutoring, mentoring, and teaching methodologies. Students apply what they learn in class through tutoring and mentoring new transfer, freshman, and sophomore students who are transitioning socially, culturally, and academically to the UW. This is a great opportunity for seasoned students to give back to the UW by sharing their knowledge and experience. 

·          Seminar meets on Mondays from 3:30-4:50 PM or from 6:00-7:20 PM

·          Tutoring takes place on campus

·          Receive 2 credits for working with one student, or 3 credits for working with two students

·          A letter of recommendation will be available upon request after completion of the seminar 

For more information, visit our website at:

http://depts.washington.edu/aspuw/tutor-mentor/ 

For registration information, please contact Sam Le at:

samhle@uw.edu

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Internship Resources & Opportunities

For those of you interested in more information about finding internships–in general and/or for SOC credits–please take advantage of the following resources:

  1. Volunteer Match – http://www.volunteermatch.org/

In addition to helping individuals find volunteer opportunities with non-profit organizations, Volunteer Match also lists internship opportunities. The easiest way to find available internships is to use the Advanced Search feature, which allows you to narrow down selections based on your zip code and preferred cause areas (e.g. Advocacy & Human Rights, LGBT, Environment, Race & Ethnicity) and also to search for keywords (such as “internship”). For your convenience, here is a link to current internship opportunities near Seattle, WA (98105) across all cause areas: Volunteer Match – Current Seattle Internships

Be sure to sign up for SOC 404 to get upper division SOC elective credits for your internship, whether you find it through Volunteer Match or other means!

  1. IE3 Global – IE3 Global @ UW

Interested in combining Study Abroad and internship experience*? IE3 Global is the official international internship partner of UW, offering more than 140 credit-bearing internships across the globe in all fields. Many sites can be tailored to meet students’ interests and backgrounds. Undergrads can earn up to 12 UW credits per term and students receive placement support from UW and IE3 Global. Positions are available year-round and based on the quarter system. Applications are open now for fall 2016 (deadline: April 15). Some positions of interest include:

Cambodian Organization for Children and Development, Cambodia

Cape Town Human Rights, South Africa

Center for Strategic Studies, Jordan

Favela Experience, Brazil

Finca Peru Microfinance Program, Peru

Fulbright Commission, UK

Prometra, Uganda

Tenaganita, Malaysia

University College Cork, Ireland

Interested students should visit the IE3 Global website or contact Jessica Hitch for more information. General information is also available from the Study
Abroad office in Schmitz Hall 459.

JESSICA HITCH
Internships Program Advisor
IE3 Global
phone 206.829.2434 | e-mail jessica.hitch@ie3global.org

Education – Experience – Employment

*For IE3 Global Internship opportunities, please make an appointment with a Sociology Advisor by contacting asksoc@uw.edu to discuss if and how your international internship may be applied to SOC elective credits.

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Sociology Internships Info Session: Tues, Jan 12, 3:30-5pm

Want to get an internship? Find out how the Career Center and the Department of Sociology can help!

Tuesday, January 12, 3:30-5pm.  Career Center – MGH 134

Learn about resources to craft the perfect resume, cover letter, and application with the Career Center and learn how to gain academic credit from the Department of Sociology for an internship. Career Center and Sociology Advising staff will offer tips and advice regarding:

·         What internships are important for Sociology Majors

·         How-to steps for landing a good internship

·         How you can get Sociology credit for internship toward your degree

·         How the Sociology Department can help YOU

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