Mass incarceration, COVID-19 health disparities and unrelenting racial injustice are issues we —and the most vulnerable among us— face every day. How can you make an impact, change the world and lift up your community? Consider a career in social work, and live your passion for social change!

All participant microphones and cameras (besides those of the presenter) are set to be disabled, but we welcome typed chat questions throughout the presentations. These sessions will be recorded for the benefit of future prospective students. By participating, you consent to the recording and agree that your name and any chat text you transmit may be part of the recording that is later made available for consumption by University of Washington School of Social Work students, faculty, staff, or partners.

Upcoming Events

Managing Transitions with Mindfulness
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 4:00-5:00 PM | via Zoom
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College is a fun and exciting environment filled with possibilities, but the past year brought a lot of challenging circumstances and required difficult transitions. Join the UW School of Social work and the UW Resilience Lab for an interactive workshop on how to build your resilience in a University setting. Topics will include addressing imposter syndrome, practicing mindfulness as a tool for wellness, remaining resilient in (another) shift to a new normal, moving through grief, and showing up for yourself in critical ways.

Self-Advocacy Conversation & Workshop: Showing up for Yourself & Others
Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 1:00-2:00 PM | via Zoom
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Join us for a panel dialogue and interactive workshop where you'll learn about and have the chance to practice self-advocacy skills. How do you set healthy boundaries and make sure that you are taking good care of yourself? How do you handle microaggressions from classmates around disability or gender identity or race? How do you communicate to your instructors effectively if you are in crisis and seeking some kind of accommodation or extra support? 

Our panelists will include:
Adiam Tesfay, Director of Disability Resources for Students
Lev Cunningham, MSW, Mental Health Specialist & Wellness Manager
Vern Harner, MSW, Social Welfare Doctoral Candidate
Sommer Albert, MSW student
Kayla Newcomer, MSW, Project Specialist with GO-MAP

Doing Good for the World and My Community: How Can a BASW Degree Help Me Get There?
Friday, October 1, 2021 | 1:00-2:00 PM | via Zoom
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Are you interested in a career that promotes positive social change? A Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare may be for you! Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A session with our BASW faculty and alumni about BASW career paths and the valuable, widely applicable skills you gain through our BASW program. Discover the many different post-graduate roles you will be eligible for, including positions in health and mental healthcare, human relations, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), community organizing, and more.

Calling All Changemakers: BA in Social Welfare (BASW) Open House!
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | 6:00-7:30 PM | via Zoom
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Hear application and personal statement tips, along with current BASW student perspectives and experiences with UW's BASW  program. Join us for review of important admissions steps and deadlines, dialogue and advice from current students, and discussion of writing effective personal statements for your application.  


BASW Prospective Student Open House (January 2021)
 - View the January 2021 Open House recording here
Hear application and personal statement tips, along with current BASW student perspectives and experiences with UW's BASW  program. Join us for review of important admissions steps and deadlines, dialogue and advice from current students, and discussion of writing effective personal statements for your application. The January session builds on the topics discussed at the November BASW Open House; we encourage you to watch both.

Pathways to Social Work for Transfer Students: Advice + How to Pay For College
 - View the recording here
Intending to transfer to the UW School of Social Work from a community college? Join us to learn about helpful resources for a smooth transfer process, including financial aid, application instructions, and guidance and advice from current BASW students who recently transferred to UW. We will discuss the potential for full-ride scholarships specifically for WA transfer students, and how to petition if you need more financial aid than initially awarded.

Living Your Passion for Social Change: What Can I Do with a Bachelor's in Social Welfare?
 - View the recording here
Join us to discuss engaging career pathways that you could pursue with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW) degree. How is a BASW different from other social science majors? What skills will you gain and what values do social workers hold? Join us for a dialogue with BASW Program Director Bill Vesneski, and young professionals who recently completed their BASW degrees.

Tips For a Strong Application: Q&A with BASW Admissions
 - View the recording here
 - Examples of suggested classes (NOT prerequisites) for pre-majors
We welcome your questions about the BASW application, timeline, transfer process, funding, and more! UW School of Social Work admissions representatives will provide a summary of the BASW application process, and share tips for submitting the strongest possible application. We invite you to bring your questions for our Q&A, but you're also welcome to just watch and get answers and advice from our BASW admissions team.

Gaining Real World Experience & Making an Impact: BASW Experiential Education
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Join Khalfani Mwamba and Saul Tran Cornwall, Assistant Teaching Professors with the Office of Field Education, to learn more about BASW internships and practicum experiences. You'll learn about community service learning (Junior year), BASW practicum (Senior year), and the importance of hands-on, experiential education outside the classroom. Meaningful, professional field education is the cornerstone of a successful social work education. We work closely with community agencies and organizations to ensure that real-world experience complements classroom theory and research; our goal is to facilitate the mastery of competencies and practice behaviors that support a successful social work career.




Over half of UW undergraduates receive financial aid. Applying for financial aid is separate from your application(s) for admission. The UW uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and for undocumented students living in Washington, the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). For priority aid consideration, be sure that you have submitted your FAFSA/WASFA by January 15 for the upcoming school year, even if you don’t know whether you will be offered admission. For more details, visit: Undocumented students are encouraged to explore UW's Leadership Without Borders resources as well as Immigrants Rising.


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