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Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, UW: Please join us for “Experiences of Black STEM in the Ivory: A Call to Disruptive Action” July 14-15.

This two-day event will bring together students, staff, faculty and leadership from academic institutions across the country to share their unique perspectives on the current barriers facing Black scholars in STEM fields with the goal of inspiring and challenging participants to take action to address racial inequity in STEM.

 Participating institutions include the University of Washington, University of Chicago, Georgia Tech, the University of Texas at Austin, and Boston University.




Tuesday, July 14

Day 1 will consist of three panel discussions through which staff, students, and faculty will share their experiences as Black scholars and professionals in STEM.

Subjects of Racial & Academic Hierarchies: Staff Perspectives on Diversity of STEM
9:00 – 10:30 AM PDT

Rovana Popoff, Senior Associate Dean & Acting Dean of Students, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago (Moderator)
Felicia Benton-Johnson, Assistant Dean and Director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Engineering Education and Diversity, Georgia Tech
Monica Hall-Porter, Development Coordinator, College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
Emile Pitre, Senior Advisor to the Vice President, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, University of Washington 
Tobias Spears, Director of Diversity Initiatives, University of Chicago
Teri Ward, Director, Health Sciences Center Minority Students Program, University of Washington

Empowering Students
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM PDT

Simone DouglasGraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech (Moderator)
Alshakim Nelson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Washington (Moderator)
Fabrice Bernhard, Graduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech 
Nettie Brown, 
Graduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech 
Jordan Drew
, Graduate Student, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Washington
Tam’ra-Kay Francis, Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington
Susan Okrah, Graduate Student, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
Alexis Pulliam, Graduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech 
Brittney Ross, Graduate Student, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
Clinton Smith, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech

Faculty Raw & Live
12:30 – 2:00 PM PDT

Manu Platt, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech (Moderator)
Raheem Beyah, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech
Ed Botchwey, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech
Tequila Harris, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech
Karmella Haynes, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University
Alshakim Nelson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Washington
Tyrone Porter, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Wednesday, July 15

On Day 2, Deans from each institution’s College of Engineering will discuss ways in which colleges might take action to make real change. Following this final panel, all panelists will participate in a more open-ended Q&A discussion on ending racism in academia.

Let’s Get Real: A Discussion with the Deans
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT

Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University (Moderator)
Tyrone Porter, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (Moderator)
Nancy Albritton, Dean, College of Engineering, University of Washington
Kenneth Lutchen, Dean, College of Engineering, Boston University
Steve McLaughlin, Dean, College of Engineering, Georgia Tech
Emile Pitre, Senior Advisor to the Vice President, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, University of Washington 
Matt Tirrell, Dean, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
Sharon Wood, Dean, Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Where Do We Go From Here: Disruptive Actions to Abolish Anti-Black Racism in STEM
12:30 – 2:00 PM PDT

Jennifer Singh, Associate Professor in the School of History and Sociology, Georgia Tech (Moderator)
Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University
Simone Douglas, Graduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech
Alshakim Nelson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Washington
Manu Platt, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech
Rovana Popoff, Senior Associate Dean & Acting Dean of Students, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
Tyrone Porter, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

It’s not too late to start your Fulbright Application! With Fulbright, you can pursue graduate study, independent research or English Teaching Abroad. Next week, we’ll be stepping through the application and highlighting key components and opportunities for you to stand out. Register for the Zoom link.

 Fulbright Research & Study Application Workshop

Tuesday, July 14

5:30 pm

Zoom Registration

 Fulbright English Teaching Application Workshop

Thursday, July 16

5:30 pm

Zoom Registration

Build Community Through Discussions on Healing: Apply to the How Huskies Heal Interview Team!

 Each member of our UW community has diverse views based on different life experiences, value systems, and notions of health. Winner of the 2020-2021 Husky Seed Fund Award, How Huskies Heal will be a published anthology of interviews with members of the UW community that discuss the subjectivity of healing. We hope How Huskies Heal will illustrate there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing, and function as a novel resource for current and future professionals in providing collaborative care.

 By interviewing Husky students, faculty, and staff, Interview Team members will explore and engage with diverse views on healing. This is a paid opportunity and interview content will be published in the final How Huskies Heal publication in Spring 2021. Ideal candidates are Health Sciences students interested in cultivating therapeutic communication skills and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 Applicants must complete the Catalyst Survey application by August 5th, 2020, be a current UW student (Health Sciences students preferred) and not a current or recent employee of the UW, possess strong communication skills, and have interest in cultivating therapeutic communication skills and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 Catalyst Survey application link 

If you have any questions about the project and/or application, please email

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Impostor Syndrome

Friday, July 17 from 12pm to 1pm PT

Yes, you belong! In this webinar two professionals will explore how impostor syndrome, self-doubt, and mental health affected their education and career in STEM. Through their stories panelists will explain how and when they identified their impostor syndrome, share strategies to move beyond it, and why you do belong in STEM.

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National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi discusses "How to Be an Antiracist."

About this Event - Register here:

2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. The conversation will be streamed live online on Crowdcast, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope, and will air on PGCC TV on a later date.

Praised as “The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind” (New York Times), Kendi’s groundbreaking work has provided a major new counterpoint in the national conversation about race in America and resonates in this, our collective moment of reckoning.

Ibram X. Kendi is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, a professor of history, and the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He is a columnist at The Atlantic and a correspondent with CBS News. He is the author of five books including “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction; “How to Be an Antiracist”; “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and “Antiracist Baby,” illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky.

In the lead-up to this event, the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System and Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission will discuss “How To Be an Antiracist” and its call to action on Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. as part of their “The Elephant We Don’t See: A Diversity Dialogue” Series. Register for that discussion here.

This special event is presented by a consortium of organizations based in Prince George’s County and Maryland, including Joe’s Movement Emporium, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System and PGCMLS Foundation, Prince George’s Community College's Center for Performing Arts, Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission, and Maryland State Library, with generous support from Wells Fargo.

Ibram X. Kendi’s appearance is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Maryland State Library. The following Maryland public libraries are co-presenters of this virtual event: Allegany County Library System, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Calvert Library, Caroline County Public Library, Carroll County Public Library, Charles County Public Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Howard County Library System, Kent County Public Library, and the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County.

Copies of the “How to Be an Antiracist” ebook and audiobook are available through the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System and partner libraries.

For PGCMLS Customers

Borrow the ebook:

Borrow the audiobook:

“How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi may be purchased through Loyalty Books.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live in Maryland or Prince George's County in order to participate?

No, this is a virtual event that is open to the public, regardless of residency.

Will Dr. Kendi appear in-person in Prince George's County?

No, this is a virtual event only.

Is there a cap on attendance?

There is no maximum capacity for the Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope streams.

When will I receive the direct broadcast links?

The direct links will be emailed to all registrants by Friday, July 17.

How can I request an accommodation?

Please contact by Friday, July 17 with accommodation requests.

Will this event be captioned?

Yes, there will be live captions for this event. Additional details will be provided with the broadcast links by Friday, July 17.

This webinar will cover the historic and present day impact of racism on the health of mothers and birthing individuals. Presenters will:

  • Provide context of racism in reproductive care across multiple impacted groups;
  • Share current advocacy approaches to advancing reproductive health equity; and

Highlight current federal legislation that addresses the barriers to achieving reproductive justice


Join APHA for the second webinar in the Advancing Racial Equity series. We’ll cover racial disparities and highlight innovative research, practice and policies that aim to achieve reproductive justice.

 Webinar # 2

A Path to Reproductive Justice: Research, Practice and Policies

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
2 – 3:30 p.m. EDT





Letters of Intent Due: July 13, 2020
Performance Period: March 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022 

The ITHS Pilot Award Program is designed to help investigators with one of the biggest challenges they face: where to get funding for new projects. ITHS wants to support researchers in translational science—the area of health research that focuses on speeding discoveries from lab to patient—as they take the first steps along the path of discovery. Currently open funding mechanisms are:

Learn More & Apply.

July 31 and August 5, 2020 | 6–7 p.m. ET
"Communicate Your Science: Preparing the ABRCMS Abstract"
For trainees submitting abstracts to ABRCMS, this session will review criteria that reviewers use to rate abstracts for ABRCMS, describe the elements of successful abstract submissions, and discuss examples from previous ABRCMS awardees.
September 18, 2020 | 6–7 p.m. ET
"Data Preparation and Presentation"
Introduces trainees to principles of conveying scientific data, including exploration of the differences between quantitative and qualitative data, techniques for presenting, describing, and analyzing data, and examples of data presentation in scientific conference presentations.

October 2, 2020 | 3–4 p.m. ET
"Presenting Your Data at a Scientific Conference"
For trainees preparing for presentations at conferences, this session will review techniques for making a coherent story, analyze examples of effective scientific presentations, and discuss the elements of presentations appropriate for poster and oral presentations.

These web events will be hosted on ASM Events Online. ASM has implemented Single Sign On (SSO) for accessing ASM Events Online. If you have an ASM Events Online account, please login when redirected. If you do not have an ASM Events Online account, you will be prompted to create one.

While University District Street Medicine (UDSM) outreaches remain on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we did want to let everyone know that there are some leadership opportunities open for the 2020-21 year. We are recruiting interested undergraduate or graduate students for the two positions below. If you have any more questions about the positions, please reply to this email. Apply here

 Data Manager: 

  • Collect and organize data on hours served, and resources provided at UDSM's different outreach sites, by compiling tally sheet
  • Communicate pertinent data to UDSM leaders and committees, as well as community partners
  • Oversee production of quarterly and annual reports
  • Review and approve/disapprove proposals to revise data management system

Preceptor Coordinator: 

  • Recruit new preceptors via email and project/volunteer events
  • Assist preceptors and UDSM faculty on signing up for VRP (Volunteer & Retired Provider insurance coverage)
  • Monitor UDSM email for preceptor requests
  • Update at leadership meetings

 Additionally, as sites start running again, we are always open to new Volunteers (undergraduate and graduate) and Preceptors (mostly MDs, NPs, and PAs).  More information and applications can be found on the UDSM website.




Melissa Mossar

UDSM Co-Director

Graduate Student - DNP Family Nurse Practitioner

University of Washington School of Nursing


Tuesday, June 30 from 12pm to 1pm PT

The best way to achieve your career goals is to have a plan. An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a tool that helps you outline both your short-term and long-term goals. Creating a plan can also help you identify what skills you need to meet those goals and objectives.

In this webinar, two Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute alumni from the academia and industry sectors (Dr. Patricia Silveyra and Dr. Juan Carlos Ramos) will show you what an IDP looks like, share strategies to help you develop your IDP, identify common challenges when creating an IDP, and discuss how to have productive conversations with mentors, faculty and advisors about your IDP.



New Resource for Supporting Mentorship in Public Health

Mentoring has been a hallmark of successful careers and training programs in nearly every industry, and it’s catching on in public health too.

NWCPHP’s new online resource, Mentoring Matters, can help public health organizations of all sizes develop their next generation of leaders.

This interactive course covers guidance for building a formal mentoring program, the match-making process within formal mentoring programs, and two parts on the roles and responsibilities of mentors and mentees, respectively.

The course also reviews important concepts like building a culture of collaborative leadership and managing up, both of which can support more equitable organizations.

Public health professionals from local, state, and tribal organizations, particularly administrators, leaders, and workforce development specialists will benefit most from this material. Similarly, people looking for engaging new strategies to help their organizations modernize for the new era will enjoy being challenged by this content.

The no-cost, self-paced course takes one hour to complete. Learn more about the material and start strengthening your workforce today.

In the wake of the protests which continue to call out the glaring racial injustices and horrific police brutality affecting the lives of Black people across the country, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership is introducing a research mentorship program to help lift up and provide opportunities for Black graduate students studying disability.

Since 1969, CQL has been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services for youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. The vision of CQL is a world of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people. The fight against injustice and for equality is embedded into this vision. As such, it is important for us as an organization to reflect on the steps we can take to be anti-racist and promote the equality of Black people.

We know that when trying to find jobs, academics and researchers are often judged on their history of publications and presentations; yet, graduate students’ ability to achieve these things is largely based on who gives them opportunities to access existing projects, funding, and/or data. We recognize that systemic racism, prejudice, and microaggressions all impact who gets those opportunities. For these reasons, we are introducing a new research mentorship program specifically aimed at helping provide Black students with opportunities to build up their resumes with research publications.

This Disability Research Mentorship Program for Black Graduate Students will not only provide students with access to a large dataset to analyze, but also will support and mentor the students as they navigate the research and peer-review publication process. By the end of this Mentorship Program, the aim is for students to have an accepted/in-press or under review peer-reviewed publication (sole or first author) which they can add to their CV. There will also be an opportunity for students to present their work publicly.


See website here for more info:

Data Available for Research

Students in the Mentorship Program will be able to choose from two different sources of CQL data to formulate and explore their research questions: Personal Outcome Measures® data; and, ableism and prejudice data.

Personal Outcomes Measures® Quality of Life Data

The Personal Outcome Measures® (POM) is a person-centered quality of life tool, exploring the presence, importance, and achievement of outcomes, along with the supports that help people achieve those outcomes. Our POM data, which encompasses interviews from thousands of people with disabilities, includes approximately 400 variables, comprising of demographic data and data about a wide range of quality of life areas (see Personal Outcome Measures® for more information about the topics included). To help guide the development of your research ideas, examples of a few of our studies using these data include:

Ableism and Disability Attitude Data

Students also have the option of analyzing ableism and prejudice data. These data include demographic data and implicit (unconscious) disability attitude data from hundreds of thousands of people from across the country and around the world. In addition, we also have access to data about racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, and anti-fat bias which can be paired with the ableism data. These data can also be paired with other publicly available data (see examples below) for correlation analyses. To help guide the development of your research ideas, examples of a few of our studies using these data include:

All of the data we have available is quantitative. However, if you don’t have a quantitative background, you can still participate – we can co-analyze and co-write the findings with you.

Disability Research Mentorship Program Process

Students in the Mentorship Program will be mentored about disability research and publication by CQL’s Director of Research, Carli Friedman, Ph.D., as well as CQL’s President and CEO, Mary Kay Rizzolo, Ph.D. Both Carli and Mary Kay have extensive experience with mixed methods disability research, journal articles, and peer review.

Students will receive guidance regarding how to conduct research for publication and successfully navigate the peer-review process. We will help provide guidance for students in refining research questions, conducting literature reviews, conducting the analysis, structuring and writing the journal article, submitting the article for peer review, and responding to feedback from reviewers. If applicable, we are also happy to sign off on independent study hours for your graduate program.

We recognize that graduate students not only face a large workload, but Black graduate students also face institutional racism and microaggressions. As a result, the length of the mentorship program is flexible – while we plan to offer ongoing support and believe this program will last about a year (per student), we will work with the selected students to determine the best timeline for them. This program is designed to support Black graduate students to build up their CV, not increase their burden or stress.

How to Apply

If interested in applying for this Disability Research Mentorship Program for Black Graduate Students, we ask that you complete the following application.

  • Applicants will be asked about their research interests as well as what they hope to use the CQL data to analyze.
  • Applications will be judged based on their proposed research project and its relevance to promoting the quality of life of people with disabilities.
  • Applicants must be a Black graduate student in the United States studying disability.
  • Graduate students are encouraged to apply even if they do not have a background in quantitative research or a history of peer-reviewed publications.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until this year’s mentorship student/s have been selected. We will begin reviewing applications at the end of July 2020.

Application here.

Two updates from the Office of Global Affairs.

 First, as you may know, the Global Innovation Fund (GIF) seeds innovative projects focused on expanding international research and learning at the UW. We have two rounds of awards planned for the 2020-2021 academic year.   


  1. GIF Teaching & Curriculum Awards: We are delighted to announce a new summer cycle focused on enhancing and creating new curricular experiences for students during the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Project examples include: international virtual exchange, student consulting or research projects, incorporation of international speaker(s), interactive international learning activity
  • Awards of up to $2,000 can be used for faculty or administrator salary or honoraria, academic student employees, marketing or technology expenses
  • Learn more: edu/globalaffairs/gif/teachingcurriculum
  • Apply online
  • Deadline: Monday, July 20th, 2020


  1. GIF Research Awards: We offer seed funding of up to $20,000 to develop cross-college and cross-continent research collaborations.
  • Open to faculty members, research scientists, and non-faculty researchers
  • Eligible projects include: research collaborations, faculty-student collaborations, faculty exchanges, and conferences
  • Learn more and apply: edu/globalaffairs/gif/research/
  • Deadline: Sunday, November 1st, 2020
  • Please note, GIF awards typically reserved for study abroad programming will instead be used for student scholarships during the coming academic year.  



Vice Provost for Global Affairs
Professor of Law

22F Gerberding Hall  Box 351237
Seattle, WA 98195-1237
206.543.1839 /

The University of Washington Department of Global Health and the Centers for AIDS and STI are pleased to announce that the 28th Annual Principles of STI/HIV Research and Public Health Practice Course will now be virtual! This new online format will provide new and exciting opportunities to engage with colleagues and experts in the field of STI/HIV. 

The course will be Monday-Friday from July 20-August 7 for half-day sessions everyday (7am-11am US West Coast / 10am-2pm US East Coast / 5pm-9pm East Africa). 

Applications for the virtual course are now open.  

Please join us for 3 weeks of intensive cross-disciplinary training in STI and HIV research and public health practice using teaching pedagogy tailored to the virtual environment

Please join us for 3 weeks of intensive cross-disciplinary training in STI and HIV research and public health practice using teaching pedagogy tailored to the virtual environment

  • State-of-the-art training to develop strategies to End the HIV Epidemic and achieve PEPFAR priorities
  • Cutting-edge content delivered by US and global expert faculty lecturers
  • Opportunities to build networks with faculty and student colleagues
  • Virtual field trips to global health, community-based, and public health organizations in Seattle 

In this course, you will gain a practically-oriented overview of the latest in behavioral, clinical, epidemiological, statistical, operational, and pathogenesis research in STI and HIV. This is a unique opportunity for graduate students, trainees, and early career STI/HIV researchers to learn from and network with expert faculty and colleagues from around the world through lectures, interactive learning sessions, and virtual field trips. 

For detailed course information, online application, and payment information, please visit the course website.

Are you looking for a course to enhance your research skills in conducting focus groups, developing a survey instrument, and assessing communities?

Consider NURS 576 for Fall Quarter!  (You do not need to be a nursing student)

 NURS 576 Assessment and Collaboration with Communities Systems

Fall Quarter 2020 | 3 credits

Meets in person on five Tuesdays at 4:00-6:50 pm

 NURS 576 was designed for graduate students in Population Health Nursing, yet many doctoral students have found it helpful in designing their research proposals.

 Students will work with a hypothetical population of their choosing to plan an assessment that includes focus group and survey development methods. We will also integrate methods for working with communities, cultural humility and community based participatory action.

 For students who are not in the Population Health Nursing track, the instructor will work with you individually to address your specific needs.

We have limited space for students who are not in Population Health Nursing, so please register early if possible.

 Instructor: Katie Johnson, DNP, RN, NCSN-E, APHN-BC, FNASN, FAAN

For further information contact Dr. Johnson at


Letters of Intent due: July 13, 2020
Period of Performance: March 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022

The ITHS Pilot Award Program is designed to help investigators with one of the biggest challenges they face: where to get funding for new projects. ITHS is offering funding to support researchers in translational science—the area of health research that focuses on speeding discoveries from lab to patient—as they take the first steps along the path of discovery. Read on to learn about the specific funding mechanisms.

NSG 571 - Theory and Science of Population Health Nursing (3 credits)

Dr. Doris Boutain, Professor (

 When: Fall 2020, Tuesdays from 11:30am-2:20pm (meets in person four times)

 Who: Required for DNP in Population Health Nursing students; Open to any graduate students with an interest in population health nursing

 Course Description:  Covers foundational concepts, principles, and historical events related to population health.  Examines the evolution and intersection of nursing and public health sciences as they shape contemporary professional practice knowledge, competency, and roles.  Considers multiple frameworks and perspectives to understand health needs and health strategies for groups, communities, and populations.

 This course examines the evolution and intersection of public health and nursing science as it pertains to health promotion and prevention, including a review of major examples of historical achievements of public health and population health nursing practice and its relevance for health promotion today. We relate population health to practice models from nursing, public health, and population health equity to assess their strengths and limitations and apply these frameworks to current practice activities and the generation of research evidence.  Content and assignments focus on:  introduction to the field of public health and population health nursing; the significant organizations and guidelines that support practice; public health science and health promotion theories as basis for public health and population-focused nursing practice; how to find and appraise data relevant for indicators of population health status (i.e.,. County Health Rankings); the body of research evidence that inform population health decisions and interventions; emerging and future population health trends; and the role of health-related and non-health-related stakeholders in relation to addressing/advancing population health.

Application Deadline: Rolling/continuous for June & July

For the duration of the suspension of in-person learning activities at the University of Washington, the Graduate & Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Travel Grants Committee will be considering applications for non-presenting attendees to remote conferences or seminars. These applications will be held to the same standards as traditional Travel Grants, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis; applicants will have their request reviewed within 2 weeks of submission. Any attendance grants awarded within this period will not count towards the travel funding limitations of once every three years and a maximum of two awards during one’s UW student career.

For more information about this opportunity, click here. For any questions regarding travel grants, please email

Description: Cities are complex ecological systems
dominated by humans. Urbanization is not only causing loss
of biodiversity. Humans are selectively determining which
species can live in cities and causing organisms to undergo
rapid evolutionary change. Some organisms go extinct. Many
are adapting to the new environment by changing their
physiology, morphology, and behaviors. In this course we
explore the nature and dynamic of cities as hybrid
ecosystems—the products of co-evolving human and natural
systems. We will examine how the complex interactions and
feedbacks between the human, natural, and technological
components generate novel ecosystem functions and ecoevolutionary
change. By focusing on examples of observed
species’ traits change driven by urbanization, students will
work in teams around three questions: What are the potential
urban eco-evolutionary feedback that might impact
ecosystems and human wellbeing? What questions science
should address to inform urban design and planning? What
citizen science projects can be developed to monitor rapid
evolution and expand urban ecological understanding?


Students: Undergraduate and graduate students
from any department or program with an
interest in urban ecology, eco-evolution, and
environmental planning. The course will be
suitable for both students without previous
coursework in the field who are highly
motivated and open to expand their perspective
on urban design and city planning and advanced
graduate students who are engaged in research
in the field of urban ecology.



 GPSS Liaison Spring Recruiting

2020-2021 GPSS Liaison Application Now Open!

Are you interested in networking, service, and professional development? Represent the roughly 15,000 graduate and professional students as a liaison! These positions are appointed to committees held by campus partners, Faculty Senate, and UW administrators. This is how we ensure involvement of grad students in decision-making across campus and discussions where representation of our population is crucial. If you are interested in serving as a GPSS liaison next year, please fill out this application. You may also reference this glossary to determine your priorities and learn more about the general appointment of a Liaison by reading the Liaison Handbook. Contact with any questions.


Consider these Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) courses in the next academic year:

 Fall 2020

    • Learn about the intergenerational transmission of caregiver-child relationship dynamics in more vulnerable families and implications for functioning at all ages. IECMH 537 Attachment and Psychopathology: Parents & Infants (3 credits).

 Winter 2021

    • Use a diversity and developmentally-informed lens to gain a solid foundation in observation, assessment and diagnosis of early childhood social, emotional and behavioral problems (birth – five). IECMH 555 Relationship-Based Mental Health Assessment of Young Children (3 credits).

 Spring 2021

    • Develop foundational knowledge in the growing field of IECMH, including typical and atypical child development and risk and resiliency factors that shape life span trajectories. IECMH 548 Frameworks in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (3 credits).

 graduate. interdisciplinary. 100% online.

 Open to University of Washington graduate students and community graduate non-matriculated (GNM) students. If interested in learning more, please contact the Faculty Lead on IECMH, Dr. Colleen O. Dillon ( at the Barnard Center.



Betsy Mau, M.A.  (pronouns: she/her)

Graduate Program Advisor

University of Washington School of Nursing

Student and Academic Services, Room T-301

Box 357260, Seattle, WA 98195

206-221-2418 VM | 206-543-3624 Fax


This has been a transformational year for public health. Never has there been a need for us to come together to share, to reflect, and to plan. This year’s Washington State Public Health Association conference will be just that, virtually.

We know things are busy and repeatedly overwhelming and there is uncertainty to our collective future.

This year’s conference will have concrete discourse on racism as a threat to the public’s health. For genuine equity to gain traction and have victory over racism, public health in Washington State must model that change and have the courage to lead substantive action, something we must do together.

WSPHA is still accepting abstracts until June 19 for the fall conference to be held October 12-16 (draft schedule is posted). I encourage you to put something in, even if it is just a place holder that needs further work down the road. We have added new tracks on COVID-19 and the future of public health as well.

In Solidarity,

Jefferson Ketchel, MA RS (he/him/his)

Executive Director

Washington State Public Health Association

 Student Led Petitions & Responses:

Protests, Marches, Actions:

 Campaign Zero

 Equal Justice Initiative

 Color of Change

 Boston University Center for Antiracist Research

  •         Further Reading

 The Hechinger Report Race and Equity

 The Chronicle of Higher Education

 NACADA Social Justice Advising Community

o   Highline College Black Lives Matter Advising guidance (attached)

We welcome connections, corrections & collaborations - so if you have a question, concern or addition, please voice it as you have capacity to do so. 


*United With Students

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 *We are a group of UW advisers who engage the needs of historically marginalized students, considering holistically the intersection of their academic and personal selves. We seek to empower students via collaborations that prioritize resource sharing and amplification of student concerns. Through these and other actions that build a network of student advocates across campus, we aim to transform the university into one that benefits and serves the entire community.

All –

We’ve received four reports of this phishing/scam email thread since late last week.  They are messaging UW students, spoofing UW email addresses and claiming to be affiliated with the Career Center – they are NOT.


If you hear from any students about it, please assure them it is fraudulent and not to respond to the sender, and encourage them to report the email to UW-IT:


I’m also forwarding this to the office of the Chief Information Security Officer, as I’ve done in the past with similar campaigns that seem to be more prevalent in nature and targeting UW on a broader scale.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks!






Career & Internship Center, University of Washington

134 Mary Gates Hall | Box 352810 | Seattle, WA 98195

Front Desk: 206-543-0535 |

The APRU Global Health Conference 2020 is now calling for student poster submissions.
A winner and two runners-up will be selected for each of the undergraduate and graduate categories. The finalists will be announced on September 15.
A special announcement will take place at the virtual Global Health Conference on October 18-21 hosted by Fudan University, and the winners will be awarded a prize of USD 100. 

For submission regulations and guidelines, please see here.
For FAQ, please see here.

Please email your PDF submission to Dr. Mellissa Withers at by August 1st at 11:59 pm (PST).
Please contact Dr. Withers if you have further inquiries.

To the UW Health Sciences Community, 

 Thank you so much for the immense presence at today's meeting - we are floored by the sheer number of people wanting to attend. We apologize for failing to anticipate the massive attendance and interest in the meeting and for not being prepared to move to a larger streaming platform. Thank you to those who left the meeting to make space for people of color to attend. 

 We decided to record the meeting to share with those unable to attend. We will send out the recording, compiled notes, and presentation materials as soon as possible. For access to these materials, please fill out this form with your contact information. Additionally, please indicate on the form if there are any areas of work you are interested in participating in or leading. For those who have already filled out the form, per initial feedback we have added "Education and Curriculum" as an area of work and you may either edit your response or resubmit the form. 

 Please also put on your calendars the march on Saturday, June 6, at 9:00 AM starting at Harborview Medical Center. More details to come. 

 Please share the form among your networks in case this fails to reach anyone.

 Thank you again. 

 In Solidarity,

 Andy and Edwin

 Edwin G. Lindo, JD


  University of Washington | School of Medicine

Health Sciences E-304 | Box 356390 | Seattle, WA 98195

206.685.7438 |   


 Andy Wen | he/him

UW School of Medicine MS4

UW School of Public Health MPH Candidate

Greetings University of Washington students and recent alumni,

 We hope that you are healthy and doing as well as possible.

We have heard from a number of you that COVID-19 has disrupted your plans for next year.  In response, we are reopening admissions to several of the University of Washington Master of Public Health (MPH) programs ( and select MS programs. Most programs will be accepting applications until July 15th for students who wish to start graduate school in Fall 2020; a couple of our programs will accept applications into September. Please see the websites below for more information.

Now, more than ever, our region and the world need well trained public health professionals. In these times of global uncertainty, we want to provide you with an opportunity to further your training in public health to equip you to play a leadership role in creating a healthier future for all people.

The UW School of Public Health offers several MPH and MS degrees. Each has its own admission requirements, prerequisite criteria, and funding opportunities. Please see below a list of programs that are accepting applications.









To learn more about applying to graduate programs at UW, visit:

To learn more about funding your graduate education, visit:

We look forward to answering questions about this opportunity.



Stephanie Farquhar & Juanita Ricks


Stephanie A. Farquhar, PhD | Clinical Professor & Acting Associate Dean for Education

University of Washington School of Public Health | Department of Health Services | Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences | 1959 NE Pacific Street | F-358A, Health Sciences Bldg | Seattle, WA 98195 | Campus Box 357660 |


Juanita M. Ricks

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Director, Student and Academic Services

University of Washington School of Public Health



Course Instructors
Beatriz Carlini, PhD, MPH (
Gillian Schauer, PhD, MPH (
Christine Kava, PhD, MA (

Contact Information

For all questions about this course, please email

Note: Instructors do not receive notifications if a comment or message is made via Canvas, so please contact the course email or instructors directly!
Course Website
All course materials, including readings, lecture videos, and lecture slides, are available on the following Canvas website: (tip: bookmark this website).
Course Description
HSERV 556 is an online 2-credit course that introduces multidisciplinary perspectives on health disparities in tobacco use and tobacco-related disease. FAMED 559 is the concurrent 1 credit version of this course open to medical school students. This course is dually relevant for scholars interested in health disparities in general and for those specifically interested in tobacco-related topics. Many of the materials in this course are also relevant to understanding non-tobacco health inequities.
Why focus on health disparities in the context of tobacco use, tobacco-related diseases and tobacco prevention? Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in Washington State, the nation, and the world. Some demographic groups have higher tobacco use rates than others, and other groups suffer disproportionately from tobacco-related morbidity and mortality despite equal or lower rates of use. Disparities exist in groups defined by socioeconomic position, race and ethnicity, disability, geographic location, occupation, gender, sexual orientation, and age. Understanding disparities in tobacco prevention, treatment, and control helps the public health and health services workforce to confront this epidemic, and tackle disparities related to less-studied health behaviors.
Course Learning Objectives
Students completing the course will be able to:
1. Understand the health burden of commercial tobacco products on US populations.
2. Describe factors that create tobacco-related health disparities, including tobacco industry tactics and social determinants of health.
3. Recognize relationships between tobacco-related disease burden and other disease burdens.
4. Recognize the harms of stigmatizing and stereotyping tobacco users, and the central role that nicotine addiction has on tobacco use.
5. Develop intervention ideas to address tobacco-related health disparities.
6. Understand the role of healthcare systems in both countering and perpetuating tobacco-related disparities.

The School of Law will be offering "Germs, Globalization and Governance" this summer, taught by affiliate professor Dr. Allyn Taylor.  The description is:

 This course will examine contemporary global health governance, including the contribution of international law and international organizations to the protection and the promotion of world health, with a special emphasis on the international legal regime for infectious diseases control applicable to the COVID-19 pandemic. The course is designed for law students and students from other disciplines, and is meant to be an interactive experience, combining teaching with joint analysis of relevant cases and materials, discussions, hypotheticals and individual presentations.

 Registration questions should go to

Announcement: Washington State Department of Health that their Communicable Disease Epidemiology Division located in Shoreline, WA, is looking to hire dozens of people to support upcoming covid-19 response efforts. They will be looking for people with skills in the following areas: Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Informatics

More info to come, check SPH jobs on our website.




Janet Baseman, PhD, MPH

Associate Dean for Public Health Practice

Professor, Department of Epidemiology

University of Washington School of Public Health



The UW Student Public Health Association wants to celebrate YOU by sharing your beautiful photos and recognizing your accomplishments on the School of Public Health’s graduation day. Be sure to follow SPHA on Instragram (@SPHAUW), use the hashtag #UWSPHgrad20, and set your profile to “public” so photos and media can be reposted. We welcome all of our SPH community to join us in celebrating this year’s graduating class on June 14th, 2020.

If you have questions, please contact

This August, international students beginning their graduate programs in the U.S. can improve writing and research skills, gain knowledge about U.S. classroom culture, and increase their confidence in discussions and giving presentations by joining the UW’s ONLINE Graduate School Preparation Program.  While developing their academic skills in this intensive program, students will present at an online poster session, engage in a secondary research project, and organize and present at a final online academic conference. 

 We encourage international students in all fields to join us to prepare themselves for the rigors of U.S. graduate study and develop a network of peers.  This program also helps students fulfill Memo 8 English proficiency requirements. 

 Please forward the program description below my signature to any international students who have been accepted to a U.S. graduate program of study and who could benefit from additional preparation before starting their program.

 We hope you can also include the description below my signature in your newsletter or website for newly accepted students.  Students in any field with little or no exposure to the American education system are encouraged to apply. 

 Note that while the Graduate School Preparation Program is eligible for F-1 study for transfer students who are already in the U.S., our program will NOT be issuing I-20s for students admitted from abroad this year. Students entering the country should come on their graduate school I-20. This program is not UW-exclusive, so please share this information with students even if they do not attend our school.   

 Thank you for your support!

Stephanie Sidhom


International & English Language Programs 
International & Academic Programs

UW Continuum College

 UW Tower, Box 359450 

4333 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98195-9450
206.543.6242  /  fax 206.685.9572  /   


Save the Date: We wanted to share that the Black Graduation planning committee has been working hard virtually to still honor and recognize our graduates. We will be hosting a virtual ceremony June 19, 2020 at 6pm. Our theme this year is Black Together!

 Please share this with any students graduating SP, SU, AU 2020 or did graduate WI 20. Grads can check back at our site for information as things develop: 



Interim Director

Disability Resources for Students

Pronouns: She, Her


011 Mary Gates Hall

Box 352808

Seattle, WA 98195-2808

Direct: 206.221.2453 Main 206-543-8924 /

 An email about this student opportunity:

I hope this email finds you well. I am a second-year MPH/MSW student at UW. My good friend and MPH cohort-mate, Leah Wood, recommended that I reach out. I have been going around campus to serve our custodial workers bread and coffee as a sign of appreciation. I am reaching out to different departments to engage students and faculty to contribute thank you notes and/or funds to support in buying bread. $45 buys a whole bag of bread for each person during a single shift (15 custodians) in one area, but anything helps! I plan to reach all UW custodial workers. Individuals can Venmo @ evalynn-romano or PayPal @ They can also use this email address to reach out to me for any questions including address for thank you notes drop-off. Please consider supporting our UW custodians who are not able to "stay home, stay healthy.”

I was wondering if you are able to share this outreach to the HSSLA and CHSIE listservs? Attached is a photo of what I give to every custodian, which I also like to include so people have an idea. Thank you for your time!




Evalynn Fae Taganna Romano

MSW/MPH Candidate, University of Washington


The Science and Engineering Business Association (SEBA) is looking to bring on three officers to join the executive team.

 You will work with a team of graduate and undergraduate students in STEM fields to organize events throughout the year. This is a great opportunity to improve your interpersonal skills, develop leadership skills, expand your professional network, and meet great people.

 Three positions are available this year:


  1. VP of Operations


The VP of Operations is responsible for helping plan and organize SEBA's Science and Engineering Career Fair and ensure smooth operations. This year we have two experienced officers, the Career Fair Coordinator (Fred Yeboah) and VP of Development (Richard Lee), who you will assist to help plan and execute the 2020 Career Fair. 

 Additional responsibilities that come with being on the executive team include hosting at least one First Tuesday event during the year and serving as a leadership figure within the program.

 See SEBA's 2019 Career Fair video here.

 Desired Qualifications:

* Willingness to coordinate events and groups of people. Ability to commit two years to SEBA leadership and to take over career fair coordination for the 2021 event. 

* Available to meet about twice a month during the summer (likely over Zoom) to plan and organize the 2020 October Career Fair.

* Ability to represent SEBA professionally to outside organizations


  1. VP of Relations


The VP of Relations represents SEBA to outside organizations and companies, and at our events throughout the year. They are responsible for maintaining SEBA's ongoing relationships  and pursuing new partnerships. You will be one of the two organizers for the January Science and Technology Showcase (STS), done in collaboration with the Buerk center for entrepreneurship. Other responsibilities include assisting the Career Fair Coordinator & VP of Operations in recruiting companies to the Science and Engineering Career fair. 

 As part of the executive team, you will host at least one First Tuesday event during the year and serve as a leadership figure within the program.

 * Willingness to coordinate events and groups of people

 * Ability to represent SEBA professionally to outside organizations


  1. VP of Mentorship



The VP of Mentorship is a new position that we are bringing back. You will be responsible for organizing a new mentorship program, connecting students with professionals through a monthly event. In addition, you will be working with the VP of Networking to host a networking lunch program that connects students with professionals working in STEM. This includes reaching out to and recruiting professionals from a variety of STEM backgrounds, booking reservations, and selecting students interested in meeting each guest.

 As part of the executive team, you will host at least one First Tuesday event during the year and serve as a leadership figure within the program.

 * Willingness to coordinate events and groups of people

 * Ability to represent SEBA professionally to outside organizations


 General Skills + Responsibilities

 * exhibits professionalism

* works well independently

* quick to respond to emails

* communication skills

* attend and support SEBA events

* attend monthly officer meetings, and semi-annual board meetings



To Apply:

Please send your 1) resume along with 2) which position you're applying for, and 3) a few sentences describing why you would be a good fit. Send your application to and


Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply. 


Applications are due by June 12th.



What is SEBA?

SEBA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit student-led organization dedicated to providing professional development and career opportunities to science & engineering students through education, networking, and practical experience. SEBA has been operating at the University of Washington for over 15 years.

The School of Public Health's Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics (SISG) is inviting graduate student scholars from all backgrounds to participate in this unique summer opportunity to improve their statistical skills!  The goal of SISG is to strengthen the statistical and genetic proficiency and career preparation of scholars from all backgrounds, especially those from groups historically underrepresented in STEM. This year's course is online, and ample need-based scholarships to cover tuition and registration are available for US graduate students.

Scholarship applications and details of the 18 modules in SISG are at Applicants can choose from basic statistics and genetics courses; population, quantitative and forensic genetics; GWAS and network analysis; Bayesian and compositional data analysis, and several others. Each module will have pre-recorded lecture and interactive Zoom sessions, along with downloadable data and software. Applications close June 5. 

Advisers, applicants and others can send inquiries to or email Victoria Gardner at

Here is an announcements from graduates from the Epi department:

Nicole Basta and I recently launched the Students Experiencing a Pandemic (STEP) survey to help us learn about the college and university student experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take this 15 minute survey and tell us how COVID-19 has impacted you impacted you.

Here's the direct link to the survey:

 All students who are over 18 years of age and were enrolled as a student at an institute for higher education in the United States in March 2020 are eligible, and participants will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Target eGiftCard.