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Student Resources in Times of Need

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic and country-wide protests against police brutality will cause emotional and financial strain on our students throughout spring and summer quarter. 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.

Financial Resources

Online Learning

Safety and Legal Resources

  • International Students: UW International Student Services (ISS) is updating their website regularly with information for F1 and J1 visa students
  • 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 and employees—whether the prohibited behaviors happen in person, online, over the phone, or in some other form. Make a report through the UW Title IX office.

Mental Health Resources

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

  • Department of History Diversity CommitteeYou may contact the Diversity Committee for support at and all conversations will be kept confidential unless otherwise requested.
  • Bias Incident Advisory CommitteeThis 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.
  • 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