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Graduate Student Resources

The internet can be a wonderful yet daunting place to find new tips and resources, especially when you're checking out a new place or area.  The goal of this page?  -To make your life easier!

Academic Success

If you begin to feel overwhelmed in your classes or want to improve your writing/research/software/analysis skills, check out some of the FREE services for grad students offered by these centers:

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The Graduate School

G-1 Communications Building
Box 353770
Seattle, Washington 98195-3770

Phone: 206.543.5900
Fax: 206.685.3234


Cultural Resource Guide

Coming soon!



Trying to find a place to live with the kiddos?  Don't know where to look for childcare?  Check out these resources to ease the search and to see what's available for kids and families on campus. 



Are you looking for a roommate or a place to live?  Not a fan of Craigslist searches?  Don't worry, you have options!


Identity & Culture

We have some great campus-wide support for graduate students of color and their intersectional identities and research interests. 

The Race and Equity Initiative was launched by President Ana Mari Cauce (former GO-MAP advisory board member).  Check out Diversity at the University of Washington and the wonderful services and events happening around campus!


Interpersonal Support

Being a graduate student can be tough!  It can take a serious toll on your physical and mental health.  Luckily, there are resources that can help you reenergize and provide uplifting support in a variety of ways. 

  • Do we have a GO-MAP fave in the Counseling Center, you ask?  Of course we do!  Connect with Charisse Williams.  She's our go-to guru for graduate student support.  As a woman of color who also went through the trials and tribulations of graduate school, Charisse gets it. 

    P.S. Did you know students get 10 free sessions at the Counseling Center?  That's a big money saver!

  • Sometimes we just need to let out some stress by doing something active.  Add a little social fun to a workout with a free class or by joining a rec team at the IMA



You can't get through grad school alone. trust us on this.  The earlier you build your mentor team to help you get through the ups and downs of grad school, the better.  Peers, staff and faculty are all fair game!  Our advice?  Have a mentor in each of the following categories:

Academic - class/research support
Career - networks/ professional support
Psychosocial - cheerleader/emotional support
Values - worldview/political support.


Professional Development

You're in luck!  The Graduate School has plenty of resources in this area.  Besides attending the GO-MAP Power Hours, there are many opportunities to build skills and networks for that dream job after grad school.



It can be tough to navigate a new city like Seattle, especially if you're coming from a rural part of the state or country.  Metro makes getting around the city easy-peasy. 

  • The OneBusAway app lets you know when your bus is coming, if it's running late, and the route it takes to get to and from your location.  Oh, and did we mention it was created by UW grad students? 

  • Trip Planner helps you plan your trips throughout the Puget Sound region.  You can use the mobile app or desktop version.  Type in where you're trying to go and just like magic, you'll know where and when to catch the bus. 


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Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP)

G-1 Communications, Suite 034  |  Box 353770  |  Seattle, Washington 98195
Phone: 206.543.9016  |  Email: gomap at

Looking for additional resources?  Email or call 206.543.9016 with any questions!