Even in a year of remote learning, staff, faculty, community partners and students have thought creatively about how to pivot their work and address critical issues in our communities. This Virtual Showcase offers you a glimpse of what community engagement and leadership looked like this past year at the University of Washington.

Husky Leadership Certificate: e-portfolios

Through the Husky Leadership Certificate program, students identify, articulate and demonstrate their leadership growth and accomplishments during their undergraduate education.

With the support of a mentor and a course that guides students through a structured reflection process, students create a leadership e-portfolio that synthesizes their core values, leadership philosophy and key learning experiences that have been influential in their leadership learning and development.

Katherine Zhang
Andre Menchavez
Hekma Yassin
Noah Spitz

CELE Fellowships

The CELE Center provides funding through our Fellowship programs to recognize student commitment to community-based leadership development. Our team advises and offers opportunities to deepen civic leadership practice, while the students work directly with community partners on leadership projects.

Ifrah Mohamed
Kiss’Shonna Curtis

Dream Project: Educational resource videos

When schools began to close due to Covid-19 last Spring, UW Dream Project shifted our service delivery method from in-person weekly mentorship to 100% virtual programming. We knew that students still needed support with planning for and transitioning to life after high school and that during this time, there are many barriers to access that support. After brainstorming with our school and district partners, we landed on a model of creating short educational videos.

The videos are made by small groups of UW undergraduate students and cover a variety of college and career readiness topics. Since our transition last spring, mentors have created over 70 student-facing educational resource videos, which have been made available to our partner schools and students to access and utilize.

Post-Secondary Pathways
Career Centers
Community Colleges
Career Readiness
Work Study
RBHS: Personal Statement Tips


Through Undergraduate Community-Based Internships (UCBI), students partner with nonprofit and public sector organizations to contribute to community-based projects and to explore career paths. With the coaching and support of experienced student mentors, nonprofit community leaders and peers, students gain personal and professional skills working in, with and for local communities. Here we feature a few of their end-of-year reflection presentations.

Food Justice Education

UCBI Intern Reily Savenetti describes her work with food justice education in partnership with Filipino Community of Seattle.

Riverways Education Partnerships: Alternative Spring Break student reflections

This year, our Alternative Spring Break program looked a little different! Even though we couldn’t go out in person to visit our rural and tribal partners, UW students still linked up virtually with youth across the state. Working on projects ranging from science experiments with drones to writing stories to interviewing community members, undergraduates and kids got to learn more about each other and their communities, discover their similarities and differences, and make connections across hundreds of miles!

2020–2021 Recap

Riverways Education Partnerships: Educational videos

As our tutors shifted to working remotely last spring, we had to find new ways of supporting K-12 students at home. We sent out a call to our community partners and teachers and asked for topics for educational videos. Tutors then researched, scripted and filmed short videos that were posted and sent to those classrooms! See some of our favorites here!

Kindergarten Read Aloud

One of our tutors, Elissa, reads aloud “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates” by Ryan T Higgins, for kids to watch with their class or enjoy at home.

Fourth Grade Long Division

Check out how Riverways tutor, Sharon, helps make long division seem easy in this colorful and creative video.

Third Grade: Famous Black Women in US History

Riverways tutor, Sarah, talks about four influential Black women in US history and asks students to think about the importance of representation and who inspires them.

Community-Engaged Courses

Community-engaged courses combine service delivery or project work that is defined by community partners with structured preparation and reflection opportunities in the classroom. Here you’ll see examples from across the undergraduate curriculum of student work and reflection from the 2020-21 academic year.

Communication for a Diverse Society (COM 364): Letters Project

Students wrote letters to homebound elders living in the Chinatown/International District; the letters were packaged with weekly grocery deliveries.

Jumpstart: Student videos

Jumpstart members have been doing incredible work to serve our preschoolers and support teachers during this pandemic. Our staff and members have created videos for preschoolers and our Jumpstart community to view. Take a look at what our students have been up to and how they’re making an impact in the early education community!

MLK Week of Service reflections

The act of service has taken on a whole new meaning and look during this pandemic. Although Jumpstart UW was unable to host an in-person volunteer opportunity during Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2021, check out the many ways our members were able to give back and reflect on what service means to them!

Weather Forecast

This Jumpstart team finds a fun and creative way to teach their preschoolers about different weather patterns.

Trip to the Grocery Store

Jumpstart member, Olivia, takes her preschoolers on a virtual field trip to the grocery store, where she talks about the different sections of the grocery store. This activity is related to our core storybook, The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) retold by Philemon Sturges.

Hide and Seek with Deeno!

See how Jumpstart teams are finding engaging ways to teach preschoolers new vocabulary words and make learning playful and fun!

Cultural Video: Let’s Learn About Loteria

Jumpstart values the many cultures and backgrounds our members and preschoolers are part of. Check out how one of our members connects her Mexican culture to one of our storybooks, The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza).

Children’s Books Debut

We all have stories to share — whether they are stories from our mirrors reflecting our own lived experiences or windows reflecting the experiences of others. Watch this recording of our Windows & Mirrors Talk with Jumpstart Authors event to hear the stories five of our Jumpstart members wrote, illustrated and showcased.

Dream Project: Student leaders

Get to know some UW Dream Project student leaders and hear about their academic experience and program involvement.

Why did you choose your major?
What brought you to Dream Project?
What is your favorite internship moment?
Student Stories

Class of 2021 Program Graduates

Meena K Vasudevan (she/her)

Law Societies and Justice; minor in Education and English

Thanks Amma, Appa and all the mentors I've been lucky to have at UWDP! This is our win.

—Dream Project Lecture Lead & College and Career Readiness Assistant

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