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.

2017 Math Academy- Volunteer Opportunities

The UW College of Engineering  is seeking engineering faculty and graduate student volunteers to present engaging educational presentations and activities highlighting their field and research during their summer Mathematics Academy program, (July 9th – Aug 4th).

The Math Academy is a 4-week residential program that targets high achieving underrepresented minority and female students who are interested in engineering, science, and math. Your presentation will help to expose them to engineering as an academic discipline, introduce them to college-level research, and excite them about careers in engineering.  Your presentation will also provide an opportunity for broader impact in your research work.

There are two exciting opportunities for you to engage with students:

  • OPTION #1:  Engineering Exploration Seminars- Introduce students to various fields within engineering by engaging them in hands-on activities.
  • OPTION #2:  FOCUS Research Exploration Projects- Introduce students to the practical purpose and process of engineering research, particularly at a research institution like the University of Washington.

If you would like to get involved with Math Academy, please review and complete the attached proposal sheet: 2017_Math_Academy_Presentation_Form

UW Student Health and Health Insurance Survey

CEE students- see survey below from a student-led team from the School of Public Health. They are working in conjunction with Hall Health to collect information about student health care and health insurance at UW.

In response to the introduction of state health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the University of Washington discontinued the Student Health Insurance Plan option. But with the ACA currently under threat, our group is interested in assessing student health needs that could inform policy-making decisions for future planning. Please note that this survey and any information derived from it is not representative of the UW administration.

To access the survey, please follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/studenthealthsurvey2017

Answers will remain anonymous and confidential. At the end of the survey, you will have a chance to provide your email address to be entered to win from multiple drawings. They will be raffling off a $100 Amazon Gift Card (x1), $50 Amazon Gift Cards (x4), and $20 UW Bookstore Gift Cards (x2). Email address and survey data will not be connected. This survey will be open until the end of May.

Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan (FSEP) 2017

Hello CEE,

UW Environmental Health & Safety has created a new manual, called the FSEP (FSEP_More Hall_2017). The information in this plan is specific to fire safety and evacuations, and is intended to replace the much longer Emergency Evacuation and Operations Plan (EEOP).

Some highlights from the FSEP:

  • Course instructors (including TAs) are responsible for providing their class with general information regarding emergency procedures. Please see the attached “classroom emergency procedures” one-pager for general guidance (Classroom Emergency Procedures_EEOP).
  • In the event that a person is unable to exit the building, the area of refuge for a person with mobility disabilities is the main stairwell (where the elevator is located). Persons with disabilities are encouraged to create an individualized evacuation plan – please contact me for more information.
  • The More Hall Evacuation Assembly Point is Rainier Vista. In the event of an alarm, please make your way to this area in order to give emergency services a wide berth to operate in and around the building.

Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Thank you,

J. Sean Yeung

Countdown to 2017 Lavender Graduation!

The 201​7 Lavender Graduation is on Tuesday, June 6th from 6:00 – 8:30 PM!

The Who, What, When, Where, Why & How:

Who: Lavender Graduation is open to any student eligible, at any level (undergraduate or graduate/professional) for graduation in the 2​016​-201​7 (including fall 2017) academic year. Guests do not have to be graduating or be of a certain sexual or gender orientation/identity/expression to participate or attend this year-end celebration. Everyone is welcome!!!

What: The best party on the UW Campus, of course.

When: TUESDAY, June ​6, from 6-8:30 PM. Graduates please arrive by NO LATER than 5:15 PM. Continue reading

CLUE is Hiring for the 2017-2018 School Year!

Do you have a passion for teaching? Do you enjoy helping others succeed? Do you want to enhance your own skills?

CLUE can help you reach these goals while you get paid and gain professional experience! CLUE is currently accepting applications for Chemistry, Math, Physics,
Writing , Chinese, Spanish, Computer Science and Biology.

See information on the CLUE website, under the tab ‘Work With Us.’ Applications are due Friday, March 31st by 11pm. Email clue@uw.edu with questions or concerns.

Mumps Outbreak on UW Seattle Campus

This message is being sent to all students, faculty and staff from the Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases

Dear Members of the UW Community,

You may recall receiving an email on February 17, 2017 notifying you about a case of mumps on the UW Seattle campus. As of March 22, Public Health – Seattle & King County has reported 20 cases of mumps in people associated with the UW Seattle campus, which so far have been concentrated among students in sororities and fraternities. However, we anticipate the number of cases among UW students will increase more broadly as the outbreak continues in King County and across Washington state.        Continue reading

Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge- Application Deadline Monday!

Our most pressing environmental problems are opportunities for innovation. If you have a passion for cleantech, smarts to play in the green economy, and the desire to make an impact, now is the time to think creatively and take action! Form a team and enter the 2017 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge by Monday, February 20.

To Enter

1.    Complete the Team Registration Form

  • All team members must be registered
  • Need Team Members? Check out the Student Entrepreneur Team Building site. Register an account as a team looking for members, or an individual with skills searching for a good team to join. Then go to the Showcase website to browse for students interested in joining a team. (Note: This site is for college/university student use only)

2.    Prepare and Upload Your Business Summary

The top 21 teams from the Screening Round advance to the Challenge on March 30, at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

Additional Resources and Opportunities to Support Your Team Continue reading

National and State Campus Awards

The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center, in partnership with the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards, is pleased to offer a new set of scholarship and award opportunities for students engaged in community-centered service and advocacy. If you or someone you know would like to apply, visit the Campus Compact Award application web page for a link to the online application.

The University of Washington is a member of Campus Compact, a coalition of higher education institutions committed to advancing the public purpose of colleges and universities, educating students for civic and social responsibility, and working in partnerships to cultivate vital and sustainable communities across the state. As a member institution, our campus has the opportunity to nominate students for service and leadership awards, and support students through the state and national application processes (as indicated for each award). Read on to learn more about each award Continue reading

Planning to enter the 2017 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge? It’s time for teams to open and complete the team registration form for the competition, then upload their 5-7 page Business Summary by February 20.

To Enter:

1.    Complete the Team Registration Form

  • All team members must be registered
  • Teams may edit/add information up until March 9
  • Need Team Members? Check out the Student Entrepreneur Team Building site. Register an account as a team looking for members, or an individual with skills searching for a good team to join. (Note: This site is for college/university student use only.)

2.    Prepare Your Business Summary

  • Review the judging criteria for the Screening Round
  • View 5-7 page business summaries from previous years under the Resources tab. To view more business summaries, contact Lauren Brohawn, brohal@uw.edu and make an appointment to come by the office.
  • Attend “Polishing Up Your Business Summary” Panel and Workshop
  • Wed, Feb 1, 5:30-7:30pm, HUB 214
  • Need some last minute pointers on your business summary you will use to enter the Hollomon Health or Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenges? Come hear this panel tell you what they recommend you have as essential components and how to best showcase your idea. Bring your draft for review!

3.    Upload Your 5-7 page Business Summary by February 20, 11:59 pm (late entries not accepted)

The top 21 teams from the Screening Round advance to the Challenge on March 30.

Additional Resources and Opportunities to Support Teams  Continue reading