SOC 403 – Sociology in Practice: Hands-On Research Opportunity


Evaluation of the “Safe Passages” pilot project in Rainier Beach

SOC 403, SLN 19077, 5 Credits
M/W 11:30pm-1:20pm

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This spring, students will conduct research for our community partners — the City of Seattle, Seattle Neighborhood Group, and the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention initiative — to evaluate a program that aims to reduce crime and youth victimization as well as improving community relations with police in south Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood.

The students will conduct an evaluation of the newly implemented “Safe Passages” program which provides a safe predetermined route from school for children and youth. These routes are staffed by trained individuals and supported by neighborhood organizations and businesses. The results from the student-led research will directly inform program strategies to create a safer Rainier Beach neighborhood where youth can thrive.

The course format combines a seminar with field work conducted outside the classroom. Research methodology is tailored by students to serve the research questions proposed by the partner organization. The project will involve students in conducting various collaborative research activities such as interviewing, leading focus groups, taking site observations and investigating data sources. In addition to submitting a formal, written report, the student researchers will also do an in-person presentation of their research to representatives of the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative and the City of Seattle at the end of the quarter.

The course is highly collaborative and interactive and prepares students for future professional work and graduate school studies.

Completion of SOC 221 and SOC 300 recommended but not required.

“SOC 403 was a great conversation starter in every job interview. My manager said that talking about my experience was the reason they hired me.”

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Tillman Military Scholars Program – Deadline Tuesday, March 3!

Tillman Military Scholars Program – Applications due Tuesday, March 3!

With one week to go until the deadline, it is still possible to complete the application for the Tillman Military Scholars program. The scholarship program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are veterans, active-duty service members, and spouses! Scholarships are renewable and award amounts vary based on individual circumstances. In 2014 the average scholarship amount was $14,000 per academic year.

The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships – building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. Each year, the Pat Tillman Foundation selects up to 60 Tillman Scholars: military veterans and spouses who embody Pat’s unwavering commitment to service, learning and action. The scholars chosen demonstrate clear academic and career goals, extraordinary leadership potential, and a deep desire to create positive change through their work in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts. Students from all fields are eligible to apply. The scholarship is not a gift; it’s an investment in excellence and potential. Scholars receive the benefits of leadership development and a community of peers and mentors to help them
reach their fullest potential as leaders.

Since its inception, 347 Tillman Military Scholars nationwide have been awarded over $6 million. This year, 60 new Tillman Military Scholars join Current and Network Tillman Military Scholars both online and in‐person at the annual Pat Tillman Leadership Summit and subsequent regional gatherings throughout the U.S., as well as at Pat’s Run each April.

Eligibility Requirements:

·   Veteran and active-duty military service members

·   Honorably discharged of pre-and post-9/11 service

·   From all branches of the U.S. Military including National Guard and Reserve

·   Current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members, including surviving spouses

·   Service members or spouses pursuing a degree as a full-time student:

·   Undergraduate (Bachelor’s or above)

·   Graduate or post-graduate degree

·   At a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution

Applicants will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

·         Educational and career ambitions

·         Record of military service and/or community impact as a military spouse

·         Record of personal achievement

·         Demonstration of service to others in the community

·         Desire to continue to serve others and make a positive impact on your community

·         Leadership potential

·         Compelling, thoughtful, genuine and thorough essay question responses

Please  for complete details and apply online by March 3, 2015.

UW is a TMS University Partner. Information for UW applicants is at , including tips for creating competitive applications.

Several UW advisers are available to assist students in applying for the Tillman Scholarship. Take advantage of these advisers for feedback on application drafts!

UW contacts for application assistance:

UW-Seattle Undergraduate applicants:
Robin Chang, Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
171 Mary Gates Hall, 206-543-2603

UW-Seattle Graduate & Professional applicants:
Marilyn Gray, Graduate School Office of Fellowships & Awards
G-1 Communications, 206-543-7152

UW Veterans Services Contacts:

Tim Wold, Director, Veterans Center
520 Schmitz Hall, 206-685-2065

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Teach for America – Social Impact w/Salary – Final Deadline 3/6

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Start your application:

Learn more:

  • Our mission  in a nutshell (2min video)
  • See how our alumni  are working for change after their two years in TFA (3 min video)

The Basics and Benefits of Teach For America:

  • All academic majors and backgrounds can apply
  • 2 year comittment
  • Teach in one of 50 high-need urban or rural communities
  • Salary ranging from $30k to $51k, plus benefits
  • Loan deferment/forbearance with possible Americorps Education Award of ~$11,100
  • Option to earn your certification and/or Masters in Education/teaching
  • DACA recipients  are eligible to apply
  • Graduate school and employer partnerships  for alumni to continue their leadership and impact

Teach For America is developing a movement of leaders who will help drive change at every level of our education system toward the goal of closing the opportunity gap in America. These leaders start their paths as corps members who teach for two years in urban and rural high-need communities and help students make the academic progress that expands their opportunities. Deeply affected by their teaching experience, our alumni continue to advocate for students and build lasting change in many different roles and fields.

For additional information, explore our website  and youtube channel  or contact UW’s Recuitment Manager, Sean Rice (

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STUDENT JOB OPPORTUNITY: Campus Sustainability Fund Coordinator

The Campus Sustainability Fund  (CSF) is looking for a new Fund Coordinator for the 2015-2016 school year.   The CSF Coordinator is a team player as well as a self-starter, possessing excellent collaboration skills and an ability to communicate effectively with students, faculty and staff. The coordinator also possesses strong project management skills; attention to detail; an ability to prioritize; flexibility and resilience; creative problem solving skills; ability to gain consensus and/or manage sensitive situations; superior verbal and written communication skills; and proficiency and comfort presenting to both small and large groups of people.

Job descriptions and links to the applications can be found at .  Questions about the positions should be directed to  Thanks!

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Reminder: 2/23 Deadline for Citizen University Student Scholarships

Apply for an exciting opportunity to attend the 2015 Citizen University taking place in Seattle on March 20 & 21, 2015!

Citizen University’s annual national conference is a creative and vibrant gathering on the art of powerful citizenship.  Hundreds of changemakers, activists and catalysts from across the United States show up to learn about power, build their networks and recharge their sense of purpose.  As Citizen University states, “Learn the elements of civic power. Practice social and political action. Connect with people from left and right so we can solve problems together.  America today is in the midst of a revival of citizen spirit.  Be part of it.”  For more information about Citizen University and to see their agenda and list of the amazing 2015 speakers and presenters, please visit their website at:

Citizen University 2015 is taking place on Friday, March 20 from 6:30 p.m.  – 9:00 p.m. AND Saturday, March 21 from 8:30 am – 5:30 p.m. at Seattle Center. The University of Washington* is sponsoring and covering the cost for 25 UW students to attend this exciting conference.  These 25 students will play an active and involved role at the conference as participants (and some may have the opportunity to participate in an exclusive focus group with MTV on the theme of millennials and civic engagement!).

What is required of the 25 UW students selected to attend Citizen University 2015?

  • Attend a pre-conference orientation on Monday, 3/2 from 4:00-5:00 pm in Mary Gates Hall 258.
  • Attend and participate in the entire conference on Friday, 3/20 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. AND Saturday, 3/21 from

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Seattle Center.

  • Share learning and insight at the annual UW Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership on Wednesday, 5/20 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in The HUB.

If you are interested in applying for one of these 25 spots, please answer the questions in this online application:

Application deadline is Monday, 2/23 at 11:59 pm.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fran Lo at or Kathryn Pursch Cornforth at

*Student sponsorships have been made possible by the Husky Leadership Initiative, Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center and the Foster School of Business.

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Project LEAD Mentor Recruitment


Are you interested in becoming a mentor? Are you hard-working, enthusiastic, and passionate? Well, we have an opportunity for you! Project LEAD is an organization that provides assistance to community college students interested in transferring to the UW, with a special focus on low-income and first-generation college students. We believe that income and family background should not dictate whether or not you receive a college education. By connecting community college students with mentors majoring in the same subject, we provide the students a chance to receive specialized help with their application.

We are currently recruiting mentors in all subject areas. Mentors do not need to have experience in transferring to UW, just a willingness to help others. The time commitment is short, only 1-2 hours a month. Mentors will be provided all pertinent information about transfer and credit requirements. If you are interested in being a mentor, please email with your year, major(s), any previous mentoring experience, and a resume.

Thank you.

Project LEAD

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Alene Moris National Education for Women’s Leadership Institute

Women are underrepresented in leadership, and that gap starts during college. Let’s change that!

The 2015 Alene Moris NEW Leadership Institute offers training for young women on how to become better leaders and to increase women’s representation in the non-profit, private, and public sector. Program curriculum covers a variety of important topics, including training on public speaking, policy analysis, negotiation, diversity management, running for political office, and fundraising. Participants in this Institute are connected with prominent women leaders in Washington and are invited to join an exciting network of current and future leaders.

The Alene Moris National Education for Women’s Leadership Institute is an intensive six-day program open to undergraduate and graduate women attending two-year or four-year institutions in the state or to those who are enrolled out-of-state with residency in Washington.

The Alene Moris NEW Leadership Institute is part of a network of similar programs that are held in 23 states across the country. The program was started by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University in 1991.

For more information, please visit our FAQ.

The 2015 Institute will take place on June 22nd-27th on the University of Washington, Seattle campus.



Please contact with any questions.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office
at: 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY),  206-685-7264(fax), or email at The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

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