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Do you volunteer? Are you committed to giving back? Do you want to make a difference?

The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center will be offering a Winter Quarter 2013 course entitled “Are Do-Gooders Doing Good?: Critical Perspectives on Civic Engagement” (General Studies 348; SLN 14377). They would like to invite you to join in a critical reflection on what it means to “do good.”

General Studies 348 will offer a hands-on opportunity to explore the concept of civic engagement. Students will critically reflect on their own service experiences through the lens of several leadership theories, engage with principles of community work, and learn from the experiences of community leaders. The course will draw heavily on students’ involvement in service and will weave these together with elements of other academic coursework and future academic/career goals.

  • The course has a required service-learning component (20-40 hours working in the community during the quarter).
  • Students are encouraged to utilize current service commitments toward this requirement, though individualized support will be offered to those looking for a service opportunity.
  • This is a three-credit course that is offered as credit/no credit.
  • Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:20PM in Mary Gates Hall.

Those interested in the course should email with questions and/or to request an add code. Space is limited. Add codes will be distributed as requests are received.

QUEER 101 is now offered Winter Quarter on Fridays from 11:30-1:20 in Paccar 492

Queer 101 is a 2 credit focus group offered through the Q Center. It is a discussion based class centered around sexuality and gender as it relates to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* issues. This class is for anyone at any level of exposure to these topics.

Queer 101 is listed under CHID 496 L and will be listed as a CHID focus group on both your transcript and schedule. The SLN number is 12248. If you have questions email

Everyone is encouraged to register.

Are you interested in scientific research, teaching, health sciences, environmental issues, or other related fields? Are you interested in:

  • Succeeding in introductory biology (BIOL 180, 200, 220) and other bio-science courses?
  • Learning, thinking, and writing like a scientist?
  • Joining a diverse community of UW biology students and mentors?
  • Identifying research, scholarship, and training opportunities?

Students who have not yet taken BIOL 180 are encouraged to apply. Biology Fellows will participate in BIOL 106 during Winter Quarter (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:20 pm, 3 credits). This course helps Biology Fellows define and develop skills for success as science students and plan individualized academic and professional pathways.

“We got the sense that the best way was to study to understand it from our own interests as scientists. And that’s what I do now in my other classes–study as a scientist, to learn because of my interests and to put that information into the things I already know. It was a message that that’s important, and you can keep it in mind. It inspires you.” — BIOL 106 Student

Applications will be accepted until spaces are filled, and spaces are limited:

Apply HERE!

We hope that you will consider applying!

Help young citizens engage in their communities. Learn how digital media and positive group experiences can help teens develop effective political voices.

In this seminar/internship, UW student interns will help students in Seattle schools develop civic engagement skills. As a Becoming Citizens intern, you will have the opportunity to help Seattle area middle and high school students implement a hands-on,community issue curriculum. Participants will receive 5 credits and should plan about 15 hours per week for the program. The 15 hours include the weekly seminar meeting (Tuesdays from 4.30 to 6.20 pm). In the seminars, you will be trained and prepared to work with young people and discuss the latest scholarship on youth political engagement.

In the internships, you will be placed in Seattle schools to help facilitate civic engagement projects. Becoming Citizens interns also support Puget Sound Off, a digital youth commons to connect teens and help them take action on events and issues that matter in their communities. Through participation in these initiatives, you will help young people develop better communication skills and raise their public voice.

This program is sponsored by the UW Center for Communication, directed by Prof. Lance Bennett and supervised by Political Science graduate student Caterina Rost. Internships are coordinated and approved by the Seattle Metro YMCA. The internship credits are sponsored by Prof. Bennett, and are offered as cr/nc.

Attendance is required at an orientation for interested students on Friday March 2 at 4 pm Room 126 Communications Building. Please indicate your interest in attending, and direct any questions to Caterina Rost: You can go to the Becoming Citizens website to learn more at: