(Virtual) New Student Welcome

School of Public Health New Student Welcome. Seattle Skyline

The 2020 School of Public Health Welcome can’t wait to see you this fall!

September 22nd, 2020

10:00AM – 12:40PM (PST)


Register here!


Our Mission

The University of Washington’s School of Public Health Welcome is dedicated to showcasing its core tenants of education, research, and service for all incoming students. The Welcome serves as an opportunity to bond its students to the institution’s values, a cohort of classmates they will share the next few years with, and introduce core environments on-campus and beyond that can lead to a positive UW experience.

Schedule At-A-Glance

If you’re unable to join us for the live event, don’t worry! Information will be posted here, along with the recording of the event. All times listed are in Pacific Standard Time (PST).  

Please note that the schedule below is subject to change. 

Time Slot Campus Office Presenter


Welcome & Kick off

Jalen Smith


Student Services Overview

Juanita Ricks


Digital Resources for Students

Will Tsang


Dean’s Welcome

Dean Hilary Godwin


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Overview

Victoria Gardner


Hall Health Center/SafeCampus/Counseling Center

Patricia Atwater 


Sexual Violence Prevention Training Update

Erin Dwyer




Common Book: Terms to Know  (Facilitated by Victoria Gardner)


Common Book Activity and Discussion


Share Out (Facilitated by Victoria Gardner and Jalen Smith)


Dismiss Undergraduates


UAW 4121 (Graduate Only)

Betsy Kindblade



Jalen Smith 


Topics are intended to range from: introductions of School of Public Health; resource sharing with the appropriate campus staff; and a chance to discuss and reflect on our common book, How to Be an Antiracist

Each year, the Health Sciences Service Learning & Advocacy Committee selects a book that allows students from across the UW health sciences schools to explore topics of common importance. We're pleased to announce this year’s Common Book is How to Be an Antiracist, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller by American author and historian Ibram X. Kendi.

Read the book and participate in the SPH New Student Welcome to learn more!

Common Book Q&A

Q: Why did UW SPH choose ‘How to Be An Antiracist’ as the common book? 

A: The UW School of Public Health, along with the Health Sciences Service Learning & Advocacy Committee, are committed to promoting anti-racist thought and action. A core tenant of the UWSPH is to focused on enhancing its impact and the daily experiences of students/staff/faculty of color.

Q: What is the Common Book Activity?

A: The activity will be a discussion and self-facilitated.  In order to help us all establish clear guidelines and expectations for the discussion, we will be utilizing the practice of Literacy Circles. Literacy Circles, as described by Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Victoria Gardner, is a way to “build equity into a group by distributing responsibility.” More information on literacy circles can be found here. On the day of our discussion, you will be in a group of ~5-10 of your peers and you will get the opportunity to engage in one of these circles relating to a passage selected from our common book, How to be an Antiracist. Feel free to bring your own questions about the book, and come prepared to listen! This is an opportunity to engage at your comfort level and begin exploring the question: What does it mean to be antiracist?

Q: Do I need to any supplies for this activity? 

A: Paper and pencil and a willingness to engage! Small group discussions will occur and you have the time to ask questions of your peers. 

Q: How can I be best prepared for this activity? 

A: Have a willingness to learn about not only your peers, but the world around you! There are no experts, no one judging you, and this is a place to ask questions and begin dialoguing about what being anti-racist really means. If you have questions about the activity, just refer to the PDF document that outlines the roles associated with Literacy Circles.

Below is a collection of resources from across the University of Washington that are dedicated to helping you stay healthy, well, and safe. 

For All Students


Graduate Students Only

updated: Sept 16, 2020