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Student Resources in Times of Need

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.

Financial Resources

  • 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 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

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, 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

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.
  • 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