UW Honors | Weekly Announcements

Week 6 – Autumn 2023

Hi Honors Huskies!

We are officially over halfway through the quarter! As it’s Thursday afternoon, we’re excited to share our regular updates with you. Take a look at the upcoming events and available job opportunities by following the provided links.



Global Challenges/Interdisciplinary Answers on WAYS OF KNOWING

Thursday, Nov. 9, 6:00 p.m., HUB Lyceum

Different disciplines, cultures, and individuals have distinct approaches to gathering information, interpreting it, and forming beliefs. This begs the question: “How do we know things and where else should we be looking for answers?”

Don’t miss the Honors Program’s biggest event of the year, our annual Global Challenges/Interdisciplinary Answers conversation, led by dynamic speakers from a variety of backgrounds, addressing questions curated by students in Honors 100.

Featuring the perspectives of:

Polly Olsen is a Yakama tribal member, former executive director of the Association of American Indian Physicians and winner of the UW’s Distinguished Staff Award. Now director of DEI & Decolonization and tribal liaison at Burke Museum of Natural History, Olsen contributes multiple forms of wisdom and helps to bridge communities through educational opportunities, institutions and agencies.

Tony Lucero teaches Honors’ seminar “The Idea of the University – Ways of Learning, Exploring and Knowing.” Seated in the Comparative History of Ideas and Jackson School of International Studies, Dr. Lucero’s scholarship draws from many ways of knowing, with a focus on Indigenous politics, social movements, Latin American politics and borderlands.

Katie Davis brings perspectives from her K-12 teaching background into her research, curriculum and advocacy at the UW’s iSchool and College of Education. Davis investigates the impact of digital technologies on young people’s learning, development, and well-being, and co-designs positive technology experiences for youth and their families. Her work bridges the fields of human development, human-computer interaction, and the learning sciences. 

Moderated by Samantha-Lynn Martinez: a rising junior marine biology major, artist, nature activist and peer educator in UW’s Interdisciplinary Honors community.

Click here for more details and to RSVP: https://honors.uw.edu/event/global-challenges-interdisciplinary-answers-public-2023/

Ways of Knowing

Delta Epsilon Mu and PhiDE Research Exposition

Delta Epsilon Mu (DEM), is a co-ed pre-health professional fraternity. DEM is partnering with PhiDE (a pre-med professional fraternity) to host a research exposition on November 16! The event is from 2-5 pm at the HUB Lyceum.

CHID Focus Group Winter and Spring 2024

The Q Center is in the process of developing CHID Focus Group offerings for Winter and Spring 2024. 

What is a CHID Focus Group?

CHID Focus Groups are 2-credit classes offered under the course number CHID 496 and are graded on a credit/no credit basis. Unlike many other classes, which use an education framework of instruction by an expert (generally a professor), Focus Groups rely on peer learning within a facilitated, discussion-based classroom. They allow students with common interests to create a space to discuss topics which may not be covered elsewhere in the UW undergraduate curricula.

Supervised and advised by Q Center professional staff, our ECO Interns peer-facilitate one of these classes each quarter. 

What we need now: 

We want to hear from YOU, specifically undergraduate and grad students! 

– What topics/themes related to LGBTQ experience are of interest? 

– What instructional style(s) and format works best for you? 

– What concepts or ideas do you not quite get time or space to explore in other classes?

Please share your thoughts with us! 

Scan the QR below or visit this link (https://tinyurl.com/qchidfgi) to complete our interest survey. Share with your networks 🙂

CHID Focus Group

Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship is introducing a new program promoting the advancement of women as entrepreneurs, leaders, investors, and agents of innovation – WE Lead. Entrepreneurial students from any major will have support and scaffolding to grow and develop into confident, inclusive leaders. WE Lead welcomes students of any gender, and will feature workshops, panels, mentoring, and other events that center the experiences of women in entrepreneurship and leadership settings.
There is no application to join WE Lead, or to participate in events. We’re here to help students as they develop their entrepreneurial and leadership toolkit, and believe the more time they put in, the more they’ll get out! If you, or any students have further questions, please reach out to me at any time.

Upcoming WE Lead Events:
Below are the upcoming WE Lead events this quarter. Students should register to reserve a spot.

  • 10/30: Thrive Together: WE Lead Mentoring Circle
    Mentoring event featuring 10 entrepreneurial women from varied sectors, including nonprofit and corporate operations, communications, AI, contract management, beauty, consumer products, legal (mergers & acquisitions, VC), healthcare administration, and more! Students will have opportunities to develop connections with multiple mentors and other students in a supportive and relaxed environment.
  • 11/2: Entrepreneurial Women in Engineering
    Panel event featuring 4 panelists from diverse engineering (mechanical, chemical, civil, electrical, bio, molecular, nanotech) and professional backgrounds. Panelists will share the highs and lows of their entrepreneurial careers, share advice on navigating engineering careers, and more.
  • 11/8: WE Lead Workshop: #IamRemarkable
    Workshop to develop self-promotion skills for professional and academic application. #IamRemarkable is a global movement striving to empower everyone, and particularly underrepresented groups most likely to report experiencing imposter syndrome. This workshop will be facilitated by Rebecca Longenecker of Google. Space is limited, but a few seats remain.
  • 11/16: Rising Tide: Women Making Waves in the Startup World
    Luncheon, Fireside Chat, and opportunity to connect with women investors, founders, and entrepreneurial leaders from a variety of sectors who are are creating impact and making change in their communities. Featuring a conversation between two UW alumnae and co-founders of Proxi, an interactive, brandable mapping tool.

Queer Poetry Anthology Applications

A project of the Washington State Poet Laureate Arianne True

Calling all queer poem writers of Washington State and adjacent tribal lands!

As part of my term as the Washington State Poet Laureate, I’m putting together an anthology of poems from queer writers of all stripes across the state. I want to hear from people trying out poetry for the first time, as well as regular writers and widely published poets. I want to include work by folks across spectrums of sexual orientation, gender, and sexuality in general (ace/aro family, I’m looking at you—send me work!), and from across the full breadth of our state.

Poems can be on any topic. This anthology takes the stance that all art made by queer artists is queer art, whether it draws explicit attention to an identity or not. Send me your love poems, the poem you wrote on the bus or in the park, poems where you wrestle with yourself, poems where you love existing, poems that take a metaphor and run with it, tribute poems, grief poems, ecstatic poems, sleepy poems, poems that barely know what they are or what they’re becoming, I want it all. Traditional and experimental work are both welcomed.

The final anthology will be published online and made available as a free resource. I’ll organize poems in a tagged and searchable format (like a database), making sure the tags are correct to the poem and its author. There is no payment available but chosen writers will appear in a publicized, widely available anthology and may get opportunities for readings and events following the anthology’s launch.

I hope to hear from you soon! And please pass this call around!

Submit by Friday, December 15, 2023.

Queer Poetry Anthology

Queer Poetry Anthology Workshop

Monday, November 13, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Join Washington State Poet Laureate Arianne True for a free 75-minute queer writing workshop! We’ll be writing and doing writing exercises, so bring something to write on and something to write with (paper/computers/phones all okay for writing on). This is for writers of all levels, including first-time poetry-curious folks! You just need to be willing to try things out 😊

This workshop is for queer folks (queer people of all identities, and including all abilities and races) of Washington State, and in hopes that it might help give you more material to send in for the Queer Poetry AnthologyWe thank straight cis allies for respecting the space by not attending.

Register here.

Winter 2024 Health and Life Sciences Mentorship Program

Apply by November 10th at 11:59PM

Interested in a career where you can help others and make an impact on the health and well-being of individuals in the Seattle area and beyond? There are a broad range of non-clinical opportunities in health and life science, many of which do not require advanced degrees. Seattle is home to many healthcare organizations, labs, research centers, and biotechnology companies, with a variety of opportunities available: research, training and development, financial management, human resources, client support, marketing, and so much more! Join this program to learn more about non-clinical roles in health and life science fields. 

Students will indicate areas of interest within the health and life sciences during the application process: 

  • Research & Development / Scientist / Technician
  • Administration / Management / Operations
  • Human Resources / Recruiting / Staff Development
  • Customer Service / Client Support 

Beginning in Spring 2023, the Industry Mentorship Program will be piloting identity-based matching for students who identify as People of Color and/or LGBTQIA+. Depending on preferences and mentor availability, students will have the opportunity to be matched with a mentor that shares their identity(s) or similar life experiences. As we continue to develop this identity mentorship initiative, we hope to expand our programming to include additional identity groups in future quarters. 

Program Details 

Participants will meet virtually with a mentor and small group 3-6 likeminded students. Must be available during the Winter 2024 quarter on Tuesdays OR Wednesdays from 4:00-7:00 pm to participate. 

Learn More & Apply

INFOcon 23: The Future of Information Science

Registration is now OPEN for INFOcon 2023! Join University of Washington and a collaborative group of fourteen Information Schools from across North America for this year’s INFOcon, which will take place November 8 and 9. 

INFOcon 2023 is a free, two-day, online conference for those interested in, studying in, or researching in the field of information science. The conference will consist of presentations from faculty from across the iSchools Collaborative Network on emerging topics in the field. 

Confirmed topics include:

  • What Does it Mean to be a School Librarian Today?
  • A Tale of Two Information Wars: Russia v. Ukraine in 2014 and 2022
  • Graduate Program and Traineeships in AI at RIT
  • Good Systems: Ethical AI at UT Austin
  • The Pedagogical Future of Libraries
  • How Does AI/ChatGPT Change How People Search for Information Online?
  • Human-AI Co-Creation of Services and Knowledge
  • Envisioning the Future of Tribal Libraries
  • Enriching Digital Humanities Engagements
  • Impactful Careers in Healthcare Informatics, Analytics, and Operations
  • Prioritizing Privacy in Information Science

The speakers, schedule, and additional topics will be available here soon. Register for INFOcon today to secure your spot and plan to join us: https://choose.illinois.edu/register/INFOcon2023

Participating Schools:

  • Carnegie Mellon University,
  • Drexel University,
  • Florida State University,
  • Indiana University,
  • Rochester Institute of Technology,
  • Rutgers University,
  • Simmons University,
  • University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign,
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill,
  • University of Southern California,
  • University of Texas – Austin,
  • University of Toronto,
  • University of Washington,
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
INFOcon 23

Surgeon General: We Are Made to Connect Tour

The U.S. Surgeon General will speak at the University of Washington on Friday, November 3, promoting his platform of positive, healthy connections among people, and addressing health care workers and the challenges they face.

Dr. Vivek Murthy has twice been appointed as the nation’s top doctor, including his 2021 confirmation as the nation’s 21st surgeon general. Murthy will participate in a “fireside chat” with UW students from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Alder Auditorium. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. MTV’s and Active Mind’s ASK program will be raising awareness on mental health in the Alder Commons starting at 2:30 pm that day.

UW is the first West Coast stop on Murthy’s “We Are Made to Connect” tour on college campuses across the country where he talks about the importance that connections have to health and well-being. The visit follows his release earlier this year of an advisory warning about the profound mental and physical health risks social disconnection poses and the growing problem of loneliness among college-age students.

Date: Friday, November 3

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Location: Alder Auditoriumhttps://hfs.uw.edu/Meeting-Spaces/Alder-Auditorium

Event RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdO6xy9mw76vuLUYIJwzLd5N3HxYRMXexJy_Wq9e9l

Surgeon General

Neurodivergent Focus Group


Are you a UW student who identifies as neurodivergent? We want to hear from you!

The UW Center for Teaching and Learning is collaborating with Huskies for Neurodiversity to learn more about the classroom experiences of neurodivergent students on UW’s Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma campuses. 

Complete this anonymous 10-minute survey and consider signing up for a focus group to help us improve the classroom experiences of neurodivergent learners. Focus group participants will receive gift cards

Access the survey by clicking on this link: https://forms.gle/j8BmNf65F928pc6ZA 

DEADLINE: 11/08/23 @ 11:59PM.

Diagnosis/accommodations/documentation are not required; any undergraduate or graduate students who self-identify as neurodivergent are welcome to complete this survey. Direct questions to teaching@uw.edu

EDUC 215 and EDUC 216 Winter Registration

EDUC 215 Wellness and Resilience for College and Beyond, now approved for writing credits!

The class will be particularly helpful for first year and/or transfer students to get started out with tips and tools to make the most out of their time at UW! It is also great for seniors as they prepare to graduate and enter the workforce!

In EDUC 215, students learn skills to enhance their well being in college and in their life in general. Particular focus is paid to skills that help students withstand common difficulties in life, like a disagreement with a loved one, tolerating doing work you don’t want to do, and managing negative emotions in a healthy way. Skills will include but will not be limited to mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. Students will also learn about research underlying stress, resilience, and related skill areas.

For EDUC 215, there are two times and modalities to take this 5 credit class that also provides SSc credit. The first section will be fully in person meeting for lectures on Thursdays from 2:30-5:20pm PST with a one hour in person quiz section on Fridays for small group activities. The second section is a fully virtual section with virtual lectures on Tuesdays from 11:30am-2:20pm PST and then virtual synchronous quiz sections for one hour on Fridays. Asynchronous accomodations for lecture can be easily coordinated (synchronous participation in the one hour quiz section on Fridays is required). See the attached flyers for additional information and as a tool to share with students.

For students who have already taken EDUC 215, recommend our new course EDUC 216: Thriving on the Path to Happiness. This new course will follow the same format as EDUC 215 and build on the skills learned in the first class to help students experience more joy, build stronger relationships, cultivate a growth mindset, and increase opportunities for success and development in personal and professional endeavors.

EDUC 216 will be offered on Wednesdays from 2:30-5:20pm PST with one hour quiz sections on Fridays. As with EDUC 215, EDUC 216 is a 5 credit course that provides SSc credits. EDUC 215 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite class for EDUC 216. See the attached flyer for additional details.

For the first time in winter 2024, we will also be offering a 5 credit seminar for students who have taken EDUC 215 and 216 called EDUC 381: Interpersonal Effectiveness and Coaching in Social Emotional Learning. In EDUC 381, we will learn how to teach and coach others in building their own social-emotional skills while also maintaining our own wellbeing so we don’t burn out. EDUC 381 will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30am-1:50pm for SSc and writing credit. See the attached flyer for additional details.

All three classes will also be a part of the new Education Studies open enrollment, minimum requirement major starting in the fall of 2024 along with one additional class starting in spring 2024 (EDUC 317). EDUC 215 Wellness and Resilience for College, Beyond and EDUC 216 Thriving on the Path to Happiness, and EDUC 381 Interpersonal Effectiveness and Coaching in Social Emotional Learning allow students to work towards their best lives while earning course credit!