Apply for Unite UW Fall 2021
* Fall Facilitator application due 9/18
* Fall Participant application due 9/29

Unite UW is an on-campus cross-cultural exchange program under CIRCLE and the Division of Student Life. We provide an inviting and judgement-free environment for domestic and international students to connect to each other and to UW. Through Unite UW, many Huskies have found their best friends and a home-like community. We hope you do too!

***For 2021, we hope to proceed with an in-person semester, but we are carefully monitoring the public health situation and the structure of each event is subject to change. Keep in mind that participating in the Fall 2021 program involves a 2-night retreat at Pack Forest, so think carefully about your comfort level with this kind of event. We totally understand that some students may prefer instead to participate in a future term, and we will save a spot for applicants who decide they are not comfortable after they apply.***

Unite UW Fall quarter runs every year with a 7-week commitment. For Fall, we will carefully select 90 participants to meet & mingle through a series of cultural/leadership bonding activities (see schedule below). Please fill out the application THOUGHTFULLY so we can get to know you. If you see yourself as a leader, you can also apply for the FACILITATOR position.

Unite UW will select 15 facilitators to lead a small group of 6-8 participants each. We are looking for someone who is compassionate, responsible, open-minded, and committed to the mission of Unite UW. Facilitator time commitment includes: planned program activities, training, plus self-initiated weekly group meet-ups outside of the program. Facilitators receive a small stipend upon satisfactory evaluation result with demonstrated time commitment.

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What is your name? (first name last name)? *
Are you an international student, domestic student, or exchange student? Which country or which area are you from? (e.g. "Domestic, Leavenworth, WA" OR "exchange, Tokyo, Japan") *
What is your status at UW (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate student, transfer junior, etc.)? *
Tell us about yourself and what motivates you to apply for Unite UW? *
Describe your own culture and share a time where you have encounter a different cultural experience. (Note: At Unite UW, focus more on culture in terms of individuality instead of nationality. For example, different regions of India could have very different cultural significance. Even within the same region of India, different individuals have unique family traditions.) *
In your opinion, what does it take to make new close friends and finding a new close-knit community at UW? How would you describe your own strengths and weaknesses in interpersonal relationships? *
Which of the following apply to you? *
Are you applying as a participant or a facilitator? *
What is your preferred contact email? *
What is a good secondary email?
We require every participant to attend a 2-night retreat that is critical for team bonding. We leave early evening of Friday, 10/15 and return early afternoon of Sunday 10/17. We (and Pack Forest staff) will pay close attention to public health guidelines and best practices, including adjusting activities as necessary. We will ask students to get a COVID test a few days before departure. Will you be able to make it? *
Explain potential time conflicts with Unite UW Fall '21 schedule in the question below.
List all your other time commitments in Fall 2021 quarter, including courses, planned trips, work hours, etc. Explain potential time conflicts with Unite UW Fall '21 schedule above. *
While our plan is to run an in-person program this Fall, we are trying to to stay in touch with students' opinions so that, if we must make changes, we can move quickly to adjust. IF YOU HAD THE OPTION, what type of program would you prefer for Fall 2021? (This will not affect our consideration of your application to the program.) *
How did you hear about Unite UW? (If your friend referred you, write down their name in "Other".) *
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(Optional) We don't want to miss any strong candidates who might not prefer writing as the best way to show who they are. So if you would like to, please send a short video to spauling@uw.edu, with your name in the video title.
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(Facilitator Only) Describe a past leadership experience where you were in charge of leading a small group? What was the best part and what was the most challenging part?
(Facilitator Only) Aside from language, what would you consider to be the biggest barriers that keep people with different cultural backgrounds (e.g. domestic and international students) from connecting with one another?
(Facilitator Only) What resources, channels or networks can you utilize to promote Unite UW?
(Facilitator Only) If you are not selected as a facilitator, will you consider to be a participant? This only applies to first time Unite UW applicants.
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