Scam Warnings Sent to International Students

CEE students, especially international students:  

Please be aware, if you’re not already, that there have been various scam phone calls targeting international students recently.  Please scroll down and read below. It’s reported that there is a another version of the scam call from “the Chinese Consulate,” asking the receiver to provide private info in order to pick up a package or to support his or her legal status in the US.   Please beware!


Criminals Stealing Money from International Students by Phone

Be careful if you receive a call from someone who claims to be from the U.S. government or the police and demands money. These calls are fake, and are from criminals. They want to scare you and steal your money!

  • Do not give payment information by phone to someone calling you with threats: credit card numbers, online account transfer information, or other personal financial information!
  • Do not buy gift cards to pay someone calling or emailing you with threats!
  • Do not give personal info to someone calling or emailing with threats: copies of your immigration documents, UW account info and password, social media info, etc.
  • Do not agree to meet an unknown caller at a strange address (parking lot, grocery store, etc.)

The U.S. government and law enforcement agencies never demand money by phone. These types of calls are from professional thieves — they use computer software to make their caller ID appear real, but they are not real police officers or U.S. government workers. These are called “scams”–attempts to steal money by lying. Continue reading

Sustainable + Affordable Food on Campus!

Looking for an affordable place to buy food? The ASUW Student Food Cooperative has opened as student-powered bulk buying store, The Bean Basket. It’s the first student-run store on campus open to students, staff, faculty, and the general public! The bulk dried food we sell are wholesale prices, sustainably sourced, organic, and ethically-conscious, making The Bean Basket much cheaper than conventional grocery shopping.

Some examples of food we offer: oats, dried mango, coconut + apple, sugar, matcha + varieties of tea, dates, almonds, cashews, beans, lentils, rice, even buckwheat flour!

Come visit the Bean Basket in HUB 131K: located in the ASUW+ suite, near the fireplaces on the 1st floor.

Hours: 11-3 Monday – Thursday.

Bring your own containers for 10% off! 

Questions? Interested in volunteering?

Email asuwsfc@uw.edu

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Site on UW Campus

For the second year, the Accounting Department and United Way of King County are hosting a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site in Mackenzie Hall (Room 132)  from now through the tax filing deadline in mid-April.  The site will be staffed by UW MS Tax students, who will prepare free tax returns three days a week through the tax deadline in April.  The site will operate Mondays and Wednesdays 4pm – 7pm and Fridays 12pm – 3pm. All volunteers are certified by the IRS.  Anyone who earns less than $66,000 per year is eligible (although the site does turn away some people with especially complex tax issues).

Last year, in their inaugural 2017 on-campus VITA campaign, student volunteers provided tax assistance to 700 taxpayers in King County. In addition to receiving adept tax assistance, these taxpayers also received tax refunds of approximately $1 million. New this year, the UW site is equipped to prepare tax returns for international students. 

If you’d like to get your taxes done, stop by anytime with your social security card (or a copy of it) and any tax forms you’ve received. No appointment necessary!

Let’s Talk Winter 2018 Schedule: Drop-In Support for Students

What is Let’s Talk?

Let’s Talk is a program that connects UW students with support from experienced counselors from the Counseling Center and Hall Health Center without an appointment. Counselors hold walk-in hours at two sites on campus.

letstalk.washington.edu

Tuesdays

  • 2-4PM
  • Iris Song, PsyD
  • Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC)

Wednesdays

  • 2-4PM
  • Kate Fredenberg, LICSW
  • Q Center, HUB 315

UW GLACIER System Clarification

Hello everyone,

UW uses two systems that are called GLACIER that during this time may cause a lot of confusion. Attached is a document explaining their difference as well as links to guides on how to use them: Payroll – UW GLACIER System Clarification

Also as a reminder:

The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Recognize the telltale signs of a scam. See also: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door If you receive any phone calls  or e-mails claiming to be the IRS/Police with threats of coercion please hang up immediately. Please let your family members know to ignore these calls.

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts

SafeCampus Resource

As we are entering what can be a high-stress time of the quarter for many students, we want to make sure you are aware of SafeCampus(206-685-SAFE(7233)).

SafeCampus is a campus based support resource that you can call 24 hours a day 7 days a week when you are concerned for yourself or for others. SafeCampus supports individuals who have concerns regarding bullying, harassment, interpersonal violence, suicide and self-harm.

You can call anonymously, ask questions and discuss whatever your concern is. They will listen and provide support and connection to further resources.

When you do not know who to talk to SafeCampus is a great place to start. You can learn more at SafeCampus’s website.

If you have any questions feel free to call (206-686-SAFE(7233)) or email safecampus@uw.edu  for further information.

Emergency Alerts at the UW: Learn More and Sign Up

Annual message on UW emergency alerts and communication


Dear Members of the University of Washington Community:

How will you know if there is an emergency on campus? From text alerts to outdoor speakers, the UW has a number of ways to notify the campus community about incidents when they occur. The most immediate way to receive these notices is to sign up for text and email alerts at uw.edu/alert.

Note: The UW Alert system will be tested on Thursday, Oct. 19, in conjunction with the Great ShakeOut 2017.

In the event of an emergency, a team that has been involved in crisis communications planning for the past 10 years convenes quickly to determine the type of message that should be sent. The team includes representatives from the UW Police Department, Emergency Management, Media Relations, Housing & Food Services and UW-IT, and collectively arrives at this decision within minutes of an incident occurring. Continue reading

Call for Applicants: 2017-18 Husky Experience Student Advisory Council

Apply now to join the Husky Experience Student Advisory Council

Help advance the Husky Seed Fund, an award that brings to life innovative ideas by students that are inclusive, impactful, and inventive to the UW. Gain valuable experience advancing and managing a program that will impact thousands of students at UW.

What types of student-led efforts would improve the overall Husky Experience? What would inspire students to create such a project and apply for funding?  You be the judge!

The Provost’s Office will provide the funding, basic structure and guidance for HESAC members to lead and advance the Husky Seed Fund. In work groups, members will:  gain program management, leadership, and financial management skills; help fellow Huskies by shaping how dollars impact their ideas; and receive coaching from Provost’s Office staff on how to include this experience on a resume, talk about it in person and apply lessons learned and skills gained going forward.

Apply here! 

Deadline: 5:00 p.m., October 31, 2017

Last chance to apply to Amazon Catalyst this school year!

The Amazon Catalyst program was formed as a collaboration between Amazon and UW CoMotion to help fund big ideas. This program is open to any current UW students, faculty, and staff across all three UW campuses and all disciplines. Winners receive mentorship, community, and funding from anywhere between $10,000 to $100,000. Read about the Amazon Catalyst Fellows and learn more about the solutions they are creating to pressing global challenges at https://catalyst.amazon.com/uw/projects/.

This quarter’s application deadline is June 9, 2017 at 11:59pm PST. This will be the last deadline of the academic school year and the final opportunity for graduating students to apply. The program will resume with a deadline in late fall.

Do you have an idea? Do you have questions about how your project fits into the scope of Amazon Catalyst? Feel free to email comoazon@uw.edu.

Ready to take that last step to making your dream project a reality? For more information and to apply, visit http://catalyst.amazon.com/uw.

UW MOSSIC – a support system for students on the autism spectrum

MOSSAIC (Mentoring, Organization and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus) uses an empirically supported intervention strategy (peer mentoring) to provide organizational and social support for UW students with ASD and related challenges. An interdisciplinary team from the UW Speech and Hearing Sciences department trains undergraduate peer mentors to support mentees with ASD to help them reach their individual goals (e.g., navigation to campus resources, assistance with time management strategies and tools, strategies for communication with professors or partnered/group work, etc.).

MOSSAIC mentees meet weekly one-on-one with their mentor, participate in monthly events with other mentors and mentees, build relationships within the group and around campus, and maximize their personal talents and strengths for ongoing success. The role of the peer mentor is to suggest supports to compensate for executive functioning, social, and other difficulties as related to accessing and enhancing the mentees’ collegiate experience – not to attempt to “fix” any aspect of neurological or social functioning.

A formal diagnosis of ASD is not a requirement of participation. Students may join the program at any time during their college experience, as part- or full-time students, and as traditional or non-traditional students. There is a nominal quarterly cost for participation, with financial assistance available. For more information, please visit https://depts.washington.edu/mossaic, email mossaic@uw.edu, or call (206) 543-5440.