Tutor at an elementary, middle or high school in Seattle during Autumn Quarter!

The UW Pipeline Project recruits, trains and places UW students as volunteer tutors in Seattle schools and community organizations. We are recruiting tutors for Autumn quarter to work with about 40 different schools, and would love to have you!

We’ll help you get set up tutoring in a K-12 classroom or community organization.  Tutors make a minimum commitment of 2-3 hours per week for at least one quarter. The schedule is flexible: schools need tutors Mon-Fri between 7:30 and 5pm. And we offer transportation to some of our partner schools that have the highest need for tutors.

Take an EDUC 401 Inner Pipeline Seminar Class for Credit:

Participate in a weekly Pipeline seminar and tutor for at least 2.5 hours a week at a Seattle school or community organization! All of our courses are Credit/No Credit, are I & S credits, and are listed under EDUC 401. The number of credits a student receives depends on the number of tutoring hours completed in addition to seminar attendance. 2 credits: weekly seminar and tutor 2-3 hours per week. Seminars are a fantastic opportunity to learn about issues in public education and tutoring strategies, while reflecting and learning from your tutoring site.

EDUC 401 Seminar Spotlights:

EDUC 401A Literacy in the Justice System
Class time determined by students

Info Session May 7th, 2018  5:30pm 7:00pm in MGH 224: RSVP here.

Do inequalities in the education system lead to criminal behavior? Can adult education in the criminal justice system mitigate the effects of these inequalities? Find out for yourself with this unique opportunity to work with one of society’s most under-served populations. The Education department at the King County Correctional Facility encourages you to stretch your boundaries and join us in a quarter of educational enrichment. With the opportunity to tutor inmates in a GED (General Educational Development), ABE (Adult Basic Education), and/or ESL (English as a Second Language) curriculum, you have the freedom to challenge your own creativity, gain teaching skills, and help the community by being your student’s first positive educational experience. Our seminar series will focus on personal tutoring strategies and techniques, broader questions and issues surrounding the criminal justice system, and the positive outcomes of adult education in our community. We will hear from speakers who work in adult education as well as adult learners who are the product of adult education. Be prepared for a dynamic experience as you “engage in such incredibly rewarding partnerships with people who really just want the chance to learn that maybe no one else has given them before.” (Quote from current tutor).

PLEASE NOTE: You must be 21 years or older to work at the King County Correctional Facility and you may register for a maximum of 3 credits for this class. Also a criminal background check will be completed for all interested students (previous convictions DO NOT automatically bar your entrance into the jail). Please note that this is a 2 quarter commitment.
For more any question email Yazmin Aguilar at aguil53@uw.edu.

EDUC 401B: Immigrant & Refugee Education- Mondays 10:30-11:50

Newly arrived immigrant and refugee students are one of the most resilient learners in our education system. Despite fleeing their home country due to a plethora of reasons without the familiarity of language, support systems or societal norms they strive to be successful, both academically and holistically. This is the reality for nearly 17 million refugees around the world, including those in Seattle. Each year, America resettles more refugees than all other countries combined and receives one of the highest number of asylum applications in the industrialized world. This course will focus on and/or bring in:

  • Knowledge and experiences from local community leaders of refugee and immigrant populations,
  • Guest panels from Seattle Public School teachers and student panelist from Sri Lanka, Mexico, Guatemala, Vietnam, Philippines, East Africa and the Middle East.
  • Teaching best practices and techniques utilized by school districts and nonprofits,
  • Looking at foundational best practices, beyond the classroom, through policies and initiatives to strengthen immigrant and refugee voice, participation, equity, and other success pathways long term in the US.

Come join this immersive learning experience to support young newly arrived immigrants and refugees. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about issues of social justice, raise awareness, develop networks, and make an impact with this community

EDUC 401J: Undocumented Students in the K-12 U.S. Education System- Wednesdays 11:30-12:50 MGH 082A

The purpose of this seminar is to provide an extensive knowledge about the current most vulnerable student population in the U.S.; undocumented students. Whether it is within the K-12 system or at a higher education institution, it imperative to explore the many facets that undocumented students experience. The ultimate goal of this seminar is to not only raise awareness but for students to leave the classroom with an ACTION PLAN! Through this seminar you will explore  the following:

  1. Develop a solid background on undocumented students.
  2. Identify and explore societal forces and structural barriers related to education for undocumented students in K-12 and higher education.
  3. Explore issues of language, culture, socioeconomic status and other intersecting identities that relate to our own understanding of and work with undocumented students.
  4. Review and evaluate key instructional strategies and techniques for working with undocumented students, including bilingual instruction.
  5. Engage in self-reflection in relation to your tutoring practicum experience as well as personal identity, sociocultural and linguistic history in order to evaluate and improve your work with undocumented students and other students.
  6. Explore and gain knowledge about resources on UW campus to better understand undocumented student’s barriers in education and being able to apply this knowledge on site.
  7. Gain exposure to the “real deal” through undocumented student testimonies and an overview of the challenges encountered.
  8. Gain awareness and create discussion about laws, policies, and educational practices necessary to support undocumented students (DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents)
  9. Create and action plan towards advocating undocumented students and leave with a list of resources and best practices.

EDUC 401M: Tutoring Math and Science-Tuesdays 6:00-7:20pm GLD 436

In this seminar, students explore the world of math and science in K-12 schools by attending seminars that focus on current educational topics and tutoring at one of Pipeline’s partner schools. A key feature of the course is the opportunity to reflect on and share tutoring experiences in order to gain advice, suggestions, and pointers. Several seminars are devoted to best practices for science and math tutoring. The seminar also includes brief readings and discussion of critical topics in K-12 science and math education. Through the lens of social justice, this course will include conversation and critique of the social, political and economic factors that affect “K-Gray” STEM education.

For questions or add codes email pipeline@uw.edu or come to MGH 171.


Volunteers for North Am. Refugee Health Conference

Volunteers Needed!


The Society for Refugee Healthcare Providers is hosting its annual conference this June 7-9 in here in Portland! This takes place each year and alternates between venues in the United States and Canada. The North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) is a preeminent conference for healthcare and resettlement professionals serving refugee populations.  The conference focuses on issues that are relevant to the field of refugee healthcare.  Attendees learn about best practices, increase their levels of cultural competency, connect with like-minded professionals, reflect on the challenges and successes of the work they do, and develop a network of colleagues who are making a difference in their communities.

The Conference Director and Board are recruiting 6 volunteers to support conference logistics including:

  • Registration table enrollment coordinator (s)
  • Oral Presentation and Panel Moderator (s)
  • Conference packet preparation, signage and other logistical support
  • Prepare and organize sign-up sheets for ongoing volunteer assistance
  • Time keeping for selected presentations


Volunteer Description- Conference Assistance

Assist NARHC staff and members with conference coordination including logistical arrangements to ensure a successful conference convening. These activities will include procurement of conference materials, meeting and greeting registrants ensuring their access to the conference event and assisting as directed in the moderation or introduction of key panelists in their presentations. 

***In exchange for offering volunteer support and assistance, volunteers will be able to participate in the conference activities during select times in which they are not volunteering. ****

Please contact the Conference Director, Dr. Sutton at: James.Sutton@rochesterregional.org to learn more.


Please note: in order to volunteer, you must agree to the following terms:

  1. To be at the Convention Center from 9 AM to 2 PM on Wednesday, June 6thto help with set up.  Lunch will be provided and we will work through lunch if necessary.  This is to stuff conference bags with materials and set up the registration area.
  2. Assist at the check-in table on Thursday, June 7thfrom 7 AM – 9 AM (must arrive no later than 6:45 AM).  All volunteers will be at the check-in table handing out nametags and materials during this time.
  3. After initial check-in on day one we will need one volunteer to be at the check-in table throughout the conference (Conference times are 7 AM to 5 PM Thursday and Friday and 7 AM to 3 PM Saturday).  Volunteers will each be assigned a 4 hour block of time to be at the table.
  4. The remaining time volunteers can attend the conference.



For information about the conference and to locate a program: http://nasrhp.org/north-american-refugee-health-conference-3

Jill’s House – Come Volunteer with Us!

Jill’s House is looking for 11 volunteers to join us for our Weekend Adventure camp April 20-22nd!


Weekend Adventures are exciting weekends away at camp for kids (ages 6 to 17) with intellectual disabilities.  As a volunteer, you will be a kid’s assigned “buddy” for a whole weekend of fun and engaging activities!  There is always staff around who are trained to handle any medical or behavioral changes, so you and your team can simply focus on having fun with your campers as they enjoy activities such as archery, hiking, horseback riding, hayrides, s’mores, campfires,… and so much more!

 And while you and your buddy are having an awesome weekend, their families are given critical time to rest and recharge.  This is truly a gift you are giving to the parents and will empower them in their lives and relationships.

 We welcome groups or individuals, ages 16 and older and we provide all the training you’ll need!  Our staff are with you every step of the way, so no special needs experience is required. The cost is $30 which covers your food and lodging for the weekend and the time commitment is 5:30 p.m. Friday evening to 12:45 p.m. on Sunday.

If the April weekend doesn’t work, here are a couple future camp dates up for grabs!

  • June 8-10
  • August 17-19
  • September 28-30

If interested, contact Dani Zorn at  206-850-3047  or  jillshouse.org

Have you heard of UW’s GlobeMed?

GlobeMed at the University of Washington is a student run global health non-profit here on campus.  Their winter recruitment cycle is coming up in early January.

GlobeMed at the University of Washington is a completely student run global health non-profit.  Their partner is NECOFA – a grassroots organization working on community sustainability based in Molo, Kenya.  Their application are NOW OPEN until January 5th!  GlobeMed is interdisciplinary and there are opportunities for people from every field who have a passion for health.  Want to learn more? Check out their website at uwglobemed.org or email them at uwash@globemed.org.

The link to the application is https://goo.gl/forms/eMVi088eZs4P8xYa2.”

Calling All Health Science & Public Health Volunteers! Tent City Collective needs YOUR HELP!

Calling All Health Science & Public Health Volunteers! Tent City Collective needs YOUR HELP! Housing justice is a key social determinant of health! We can take action on houselessness on our own campus.
Last year, Tent City Collective organized so that UW would host Tent City 3, an organized encampment. With your help, UW’s resources can once again safely house 100 people in Winter 2019! With the resounding success of TC3’s groundbreaking stay last year, TCC is aiming for a longer ~6 month stay and a commitment for UW to regularly host organized encampments. We need lots of students involved to get this effort moving.


Join Tent City Collective the evening of the 28th at room 235 in Thomson Hall for a discussion and workshop on houselessness in Seattle and how UW students can organize for housing justice. There will be chili! and awesome conversation.

When: Tuesday Nov. 28th, 4:30 – 6 pm

Where: Thomson Hall Rm. 235

You can RSVP and find out more information on the Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/156924934918317/

Volunteer Opportunity: Apply to be a FIUTS SUSI Ambassador

This is a great opportunity with for students with an interest in civic engagement, international affairs, and/or Africa.

This winter, FIUTS (Foundation for International Understanding Through Students) will host 20 undergraduates from southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe) for the Study of the US Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement.  We are recruiting 20 UW students to be SUSI Ambassadors, who will be matched one to one with SUSI participants during their time in Seattle from January 14-February 10.


Ambassadors are a critical piece of the program and act as peer mentors, cultural liaisons, friends and student leaders. SUSI Ambassadors learn new skills, build their resumes, make international friends and have fun! ALL current University of Washington students are eligible to apply. Visit www.fiuts.org/susi-ambassador to apply by December 1st, and contact Kailyn Swarthout at kailyn@fiuts.org with questions.

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Literacy Arts Alternative Spring Break Program

The Pipeline Project is excited to announce that our applications for our 2018 Literacy Arts Alternative Spring Break Program are open! Looking for a meaningful way to spend your spring break? Look no further!


Pipeline recruits a group of UW undergraduates to volunteer on a Literacy Arts project with elementary, middle or high school kids in rural and tribal communities around Washington during spring break. The UW students are sent out in groups of 5 to 8 sites to help young students come up with an idea for a book, write a rough draft, edit the draft, and print and bind a single-signature book. The young students illustrate their published book and present it to the community at the end of the week.


Our application is open now and will close on Monday November 27th at 5:00pm! After that, we will review applications on a rolling admission. If you have any questions feel free to email us at pipeline@uw.edu. You can apply at http://expd.uw.edu/pipeline/alternative-spring-break/literacy-arts-asb/


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