Volunteer Opportunity: Help People Complete the 2020 Census

With the 2020 Census coming up, the United Way’s Census and Benefits Navigators will serve as a resource for community members to get information and help while completing their 2020 Census Questionnaires.

In addition to preparing taxes, United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign helps connect individuals and families to savings opportunities and public benefits they may not have known were available. This year, volunteers will also help ensure clients are prepared to accurately and confidently complete their 2020 Census Questionnaire.

This is an exciting and hugely important role that will help guarantee an accurate representation of our communities, particularly already marginalized populations, such as immigrant communities and communities of color. An accurate count and representation will help ensure that critical public resources remain available for those who rely on them most.

Volunteers can pick from 33 tax sites throughout King County (there’s bound to be a site conveniently located near your home, work, or school). Volunteers develop practical skills, network with the community, and most importantly, make a huge, tangible impact.

The volunteer commitment is 3-4 hours per week from January to April. The United Way provides free, comprehensive training. To get more information and register, visit www.uwkc.org/taxvolunteer.

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Scholarship Alerts!

Graduate School

Truman Scholarship: Juniors…Do you have an issue that drives you to learn, volunteer, advocate, teach and lead? Apply for the Truman Scholarship! The Truman Scholarship is looking to support future change-makers. Students interested in and dedicated to issues like social justice, climate-action, fiscal policy, education, social welfare, law, population health, politics (any), and more should apply for this $30,000 leadership scholarship toward graduate education. The scholarship is open to U.S. citizen undergraduates who are graduating between December 2020 and August 2021. Contact Emily Smith emilys42@uw.edu if you’re interested in applying. To apply for nomination for the Truman award online, visit https://expo.uw.edu/expo/apply/563. The deadline is November 3, 2019.

Yenching Academy: A funded graduate degree program at Peking University in China. The program is open to students in all fields. Chinese language skills are not required since classes are taught in English. For more information and to apply visit this website; feel free to contact Robin Chang (robinc@uw.edu) with additional questions. The UW deadline to apply for nomination is November 5, 2019.

Experiential Opportunities

Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship: An opportunity for a one-year paid research assistant position at this Washington D.C. think tank researching international affairs-related topics. Various research projects are available. Contact Robin Chang (robinc@uw.edu) if you’re interested in applying. Campus application & details available at https://expd.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/carnegie. An information session will be held on Tuesday, October 22 at 5:30pm, both in Mary Gates Hall, Room 171 or online. The UW deadline to apply for nomination November 25, 2019.

Critical Language Scholarships: A summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. Contact Emily Smith emilys42@uw.edu (undergrads) or Michelle Sutton (mdrapek@uw.edu) if you’re interested in applying! An information session will be held on Wednesday, October 30 at 4:00pm in Mary Gates Hall, Room 171. RSVP at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/728. The deadline to apply is November 19, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (EST).

Boren Scholarships & Fellowships: Fund undergraduates and graduate students to study languages abroad in world regions critical to US interests. There is an information session on Wednesday, October 30 at 4:00pm, both in Mary Gates Hall, Room 171 or online. RSVP at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/728 to attend the session in-person. The UW deadlines for this scholarship are in January.

To learn about more scholarships, information sessions, and upcoming fall deadlines visit the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowship, & Awards website.

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Contribute Your Writing to a UW Student-Run Health Journal

Capillaries: The Journal of Narrative Medicine is a student-run project with the mission of providing students of all majors and backgrounds the opportunity to write and create works of art about their experiences with health and healing and to reflect on community/national/global health issues. In past publications, Capillaries shared stories of love and loss, of mental health and disordered eating, of coming to terms with one’s identity, and of understanding what it means to be a global citizen in the 21st century.

Submissions guidelines can be found here. If you are interested in submitting your work the deadline is October 21, 2019 at 11:59pm.

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Interested in Graduate School for Social Work?

The Silver School of Social Work at NYU will be attending the University of Washington Graduate School Fair on Thursday, October 24th from 2:00 – 6:00pm in the Husky Union Building, Ballroom (2nd Floor).   

If interested students visit the NYU table, mentions this blog post, and completes an inquiry card, they will receive an application fee waiver ($60).

If you’d like to learn more about the Silver School of Social Work at NYU and the MSW program in clinical social work, please visit www.socialwork.nyu.edu.

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Values at the End of Life: The Logic of Palliative Care

The UW School of Social Work is hosting a talk by sociologist Roi Livne (University of Michigan) on his new book Values at the End of Life: The Logic of Palliative Care.

The talk will take place on Thursday, October 17th, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the School of Social Work (Room 305).

Left: Dr. Roi Livne; Right: Book cover for Values at the End of Life

Here is a quick description of the event: Over the past forty years, “the end of life” has become the center of extensive economic, policy, ethical, and medical discussions. Health economists measure and evaluate its cost; ethicists debate the morality of various approaches to “end-of-life care”; policymakers ponder alternative “end of life”-related policies; and clinicians apply a specialized approach (hospice and palliative care) to treat patients whom they diagnose as being at “the end of life.” This talk analyzes the proliferation of conversations on “the end of life” as emblematic of a peculiar moment in human history.

Register for the event here!

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Election 2020: Will the Candidate or the Strategy Win the Day?

Who will win in 2020? At this point in time, few experts would wager on how the two chambers of Congress will lean when the elections are over. Who’s winning at the top of the ticket will also help to determine the partisan control of many state legislatures, including Washington’s. What can you do to make a difference?

Join two of America’s top political consultants, Rose Kapolczynski (president of the American Association of Political Consultants) and Glen Bolger (partner and co-found of Public Opinion Strategies) as they provide an insider’s view of the momentum-building tactics, campaign tools, and media strategies that could tip the scales for who becomes our next President.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Gowen 301
RSVP at https://forms.gle/gKZed15dPFBJS1546

Rose and Glen will also be discussing how students and citizens can become involved in the 20,000+ campaigns taking place across the country during this election cycle.

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Now Hiring: Undergrad RA Position Focused on Advancing Racial and Social Justice in STEM Fields

The Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) at the University of Washington is seeking an undergraduate student assistant to help with ongoing evaluation and research projects. CERSE conducts research and evaluation on diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields. Working as a highly collaborative team, CERSE is committed to increasing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM education and careers.

This paid research position ($15/hour) is 8–15 hours per week. Work hours are typically between 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, and are flexible depending on the student’s class schedule. Approximately 90-95% of this position is work related to our evaluation and research projects, while the remaining portion is administrative duties. CERSE would love for the student to commit to work for the center for more than one quarter.

If you are interested in joining our team, please email Dr. Emily Knaphus-Soran at eknaphus@uw.edu with the following information by Monday, October 14, 2019: 

  1. A brief letter explaining why you’re interested in working with us; please include your class standing.
  2. Your resume; list any relevant coursework and/or research experience.

Experience Gained:

  • An in-depth understanding of how program evaluation and research are conducted
  • Experience working in a highly collaborative environment
  • Skills in analysis and visualization of data
  • Skills managing databases
  • Familiarity with efforts to broaden participation in STEM fields

Duties will include:

  • Data collection, data entry, and database management
    • Developing databases of publicly available data
    • Generating descriptive statistics and data visualizations of survey data
    • Conducting simple statistical analysis
    • Coding qualitative data
    • Writing summaries of analytic results
    • Preparing materials for presentations
  • Office administration
    • Managing the CERSE email account
    • Assisting with website updates
    • Preparing administrative forms and problem-solving for staff
  • Weekly meetings to train, debrief, and provide guidance


  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Motivated
  • Friendly
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite
  • Currently enrolled undergraduate student at UW
  • Preferred: experience with website management (WordPress), SurveyMonkey, and data analysis (SPSS, STATA, R, NVivo)
  • We will train you on campus! 

Time Commitment & Equipment:

  • We hope that the student can work 8-15 hours per week.
  • The specific tasks and responsibilities will depend, in part, on the number of hours per week that the student is able to work, as well as the student’s schedule.
  • Regular meetings will take place with CERSE research staff to update on projects. 
  • Work will be conducted primarily at the CERSE offices in Savery Hall.
  • CERSE will provide all needed equipment and training.

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