We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic and country-wide protests against police brutality cause significant emotional and financial strain on our students. We are here to assist you as you navigate this crisis, from adapting to an online learning environment to applying for emergency financial assistance. We have compiled a list of helpful resources, and we encourage you to reach out to our advisors, to your instructors, and to your peers for additional support.
- History Department Student Emergency Funding: Apply through our website for emergency funding set aside for History Department affiliated undergraduate and graduate students.
- Student Financial Aid FAQ
- Emergency Aid: Each UW campus has set up Emergency Aid for currently enrolled students.
- UW Black Opportunity Fund: Proposals up to $10,000 can be submitted for educational enhancement, community projects, and innovation/stretch projects that aim to build community and opportunities among Black students, staff, and faculty on campus. Proposals are due on February 12, 2021.
- UW Community Mutual Aid: This fund is a a trust-based, community-funded mutual aid program for students across all three University of Washington campuses! This program aims to help alleviate the substantial expenses students face. Applications for aid are now open to BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled,undocumented, and/or first generation UW students. Learn more @uwcommunityaid.
- UW CARES Act FAQ: This page covers how UW students can become eligible to receive money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by Congress and allocated money to UW to use for emergency financial aid grants for students.
- Short Term Loans: The UW Office of Student Financial Aid has short term loan funds available to students who are experiencing temporary cash flow issues. You may receive up to $2500 or $3200 for undergraduates and graduate students, respectively.
- State Unemployment Benefits: If you are out of work due to the COVID-19 crisis you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. The Washington State Employment Security Department has an easy-to-read guide to common scenarios. They are also managing a page for the latest Unemployment Updates.
- Resources for child-care: Via UW HR
- Graduate Student Health Insurance: Information about GAIP and eligibility both throughout the year and into summer quarter is available through UW HR.
- Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Youth High School & College Age
- Department of History Statement of Solidarity: On accommodations provided for students impacted by the current racialized crises.
- Online Learning Guides:
- Borrow Equipment: Students can now borrow laptops for the full duration of an academic quarter through the Student Technology Loan Program, for free. They also have options for shipping equipment to students who are unable to travel to the UW Seattle campus.
- Zoom 101: This guide provides tips and tricks to attending class sessions held on Zoom.
- Canvas 101: This guide helps you navigate Canvas, the UW's learning management platform. Be sure to double check your time zone in Canvas so that you do not miss deadlines.
- Libraries: The UW Libraries are physically closed but you can access materials online. There is an additional FAQ for students about Autumn quarter. If you need additional help, please feel free to contact the History Librarian, Theresa Mudrock, at email@example.com.
- History Writing Center: The History Writing Center is offering online meetings to help students on writing assignments for history classes. Reserve an appointment on the center's website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Accessibility: Course content should be accessible to all students. Students with documented disabilities should request accommodations through Disability Resources for Students (DRS). If you experience a barrier that affects your ability to access UW websites, videos, on-line forms, or other IT, please send a detailed message to email@example.com.
- Tutoring: Online tutoring is available through CLUE and the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity's Instructional Center.
- Avoiding Video Conferencing Fatigue While Working Remotely (via the UCL School of Management)
Safety and Legal Resources
- International Students: UW International Student Services (ISS) is updating their website regularly with information for F1 and J1 visa students. There is an FAQ on what International Studies need to know for Autumn 2020.
- Student Legal Services: Student Legal Services (SLS) is an on-campus law office that provides a safe and confidential space for all UW-Seattle and Bothell students who have legal questions or concerns. They offer free 40-minute consultations on a broad range of issues. Students can also hire them for ongoing representation for a low hourly rate.
- Know Your Rights: ACLU's guide to what your rights are, how to exercise them, and what to do when your rights are violated.
- UW Bias Incident Reporting
- Safecampus: The UW violence prevention and response team at Safecampus is available to anonymously discuss safety and well-being concerns for yourself or others.
- Title IX: UW policies prohibiting sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct apply to all students, faculty and staff—whether the prohibited behaviors happen in person, online, over the phone, or in some other form. You have the right to make a formal report through the Title IX Office. The Title IX Office also provides support and resources so that those who have experienced harm better understand their options. Note: The 2020 Department of Education federal regulations, effective August 14, 2020, define sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct more narrowly than UW policy and require specific procedures for investigating allegations, possibly including a verbally conducted cross-examination. Read more about these changes on the FAQ page.
- King County Hate and Bias Incident Survey & COVID19 Community Response Alliance: The COVID19 Community Response Alliance is a multi-racial, ethnic, and language coalition of 23 grassroots, community organizations that empowers our communities and advocates for our communities by providing necessary rent and food assistance and community support, rejecting and standing against bias, discrimination, and hate crimes.
- API Chaya Seattle: A community-based organization supporting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault & human trafficking and working to educate and mobilize South Asian, Asian, Pacific Islander, and all immigrant communities to end exploitation.
Mental Health Resources
- People who already are managing existing mental health conditions should prioritize self-care during difficult times and should contact their clinicians if they notice new or worsening symptoms. Find guidance on managing stress and anxiety during COVID-19 on the The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)'s website.
- UW Counseling Center: The Counseling Center is offering counseling sessions on Zoom as well as online workshops. LiveWell is also still providing individualized guidance for students in distress. Hall Health's Let's Talk service is offering free, informal consultations virtually. The UW Counseling Center has also put together this helpful list of outside resources specifically for college students.
My SSP is a service that provides UW students access to real-time, confidential mental health and crisis intervention support, available 24/7 and in multiple languages. There are several ways students can connect to My SSP:
- The Hope Center: Resources for college students.
- Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook: Free download from The Wellness Society
- Black Mental Health Alliance: They develop, promote and sponsor trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and vulnerable communities.
- Liberate App: Meditation app created for the BIPOC community
- Sunshine Behavioral Health: Their website has free and low-cost resources and information about mental health treatment in the Black community.
- APISAA (Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian American) Therapist Directory
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Text “START” to 741-741 to reach the Crisis Text Line. More than 150 languages are offered.
- Call 1-877-990-8585 for the Asian LifeNet Hotline (24 hours). (Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Fujianese are offered)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Spanish-speakers can call the hotline and press “2” or text “Hablanos” to 66746 for 24/7 bilingual support.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline: Confidential advocates are available 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for anyone experiencing domestic violence or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
- King County Sexual Assault Resource Center: Confidential advocates are available 24/7 at 888-99-VOICE (888-998-6423) to provide crisis intervention, information, and referrals for medical or legal advocacy.
- Helpful articles:
- Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure (Chronicle of Higher Ed)
- Zoom Exhaustion Is Real (Mindful)
- That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief (Harvard Business Review)
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources
- Department of History Diversity Committee: You may contact the Diversity Committee for support at firstname.lastname@example.org and all conversations will be kept confidential unless otherwise requested.
- Bias Incident Advisory Committee: This committee collects information and advises the vice president for Student Life and the vice president for Minority Affairs and Diversity on reports of bias-related incidents that may impact the University of Washington community.
- Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity: The University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) works to increase diversity on campus and enrich the collegiate experience of all UW students, faculty and staff.
- UWHR Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources: UW Human Resources has compiled resources, trainings, policies, community groups and events for all UW employees.
- The D Center: The D Center strives to create an inclusive, accessible space affirming of all bodies, minds and identities by fostering a culture of social justice and pride.
- The Q Center: The professionally-supported resource, advocacy, and mentoring center for queer students and concerns at the University of Washington.
- University of Washington Office of the Ombud: Serves the entire University of Washington community by providing a collaborative and confidential environment to discuss your situation, consider options, and develop a plan for the future.
- Mutual Aid Solidarity Network - Seattle: Dedicated to organizing for collective well-being through class solidarity, disability justice, anti-racism, and abolition. Collects donations to distribute food and necessities to our community's most vulnerable during COVID-19 and the protests against police violence.
- Historians on the 2020 protests: An in-progress bibliography of work by historians and other social scientists that contextualizes and historicizes the multi-city protests and extralegal and state violence of late May and early June 2020 managed by Professor Margaret O'Mara.
- UW Libraries Racial Justice Resources: This guide is a starting point for students and faculty seeking to better understand issues related to racial justice and racism in America.
Food, Rent and Utilities
- Free or Low-Cost Internet Access: Xfinity WiFi hotspots (view map) are available to anyone who needs them for free. The City of Seattle is offering low-cost internet access and free and discounted devices for residents.
- UW Campus Food Pantry: Use the UW Food Pantry's online form to select the food you want as well as the day and time block you want to pick up your food. If ordering ahead is not possible you can order in person when you arrive.
- Other food banks and resources: Please refer to Seattle Human Services' Emergency Food Resources Map, which is updated weekly, to find detailed information about food banks and free food around Seattle. The University District Food Bank is located on Roosevelt Way at 50th. You can find the food bank nearest you on this directory. If you need food dropped off at your door, use this form from the Mutual Aid Solidarity Network.
- UW Housing and Food Services: Students in UW housing should check with HFS about their options.