Melinda Gilliam (She/Her)

Career Coach

Melinda Gilliam (She/Her)

I enjoy the opportunity to get to know students and their experiences. As a career coach, I am energized to support students as they prep and navigate their career journey while learning more about themselves and their field of study. Along my own path, I’ve been fortunate to find awesome mentorship in my field, which has kept me motivated to support others in a similar way. Pulling from my experience supporting students over the course of my career in higher education thus far helps me to provide meaningful support and resources to those I work with.

I was born a Husky, here at the UW hospital and was raised in West Seattle before branching off on my own college journey in 2010. I received my bachelor’s degree in Spanish Teaching from Central Washington University and worked full-time in Admissions and Housing before returning to school in 2016. I completed my master’s in Counseling and Student Development at Kansas State University in 2018 while also working as a Graduate Assistant in Housing and becoming a mother to the sweetest baby girl. In 2018, I made my return to Seattle where I began working at the University of Washington in Housing and Food Services, which I am still connected to today. Another component of my professional experience is my connection in professional organizations. This connection is deeply meaningful to me, and I value the engagement and development I experience through that work.

While away from work, I find joy in cooking, finding new experiences, and spending time with my family. Some of my favorite moments are when those pieces merge. Over the past few years, I have nurtured a passion for writing, and I hope to one day publish a series of children’s books.

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Non-Profit & Philanthropy Mentorship Program – Spring 2021 (Apps due 2/14!)

Non-Profit & Philanthropy Mentorship Program – Spring 2021 (Apps due 2/14!)

Non-Profit & Philanthropy Mentorship Program – Spring 2021

Are you passionate about supporting and advocating for underrepresented communities and equitable access to resources? If so, join the Non-Profit and Philanthropy Mentorship Program to learn how your interests, skills, and strengths can translate …

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How to Find Your Ideal Nonprofit Job (Shared Article from The Balance Small Business)

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New to non-profits? Interested in building your understanding of the industry? Looking to make a career switch? This shared article from The Balance Small Business covers promising practices for consideration of transition into nonprofit work.

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Pivoting Paths Toward a Career in Social Justice (multiple shared articles and resources)

Pivoting Paths Toward a Career in Social Justice (multiple shared articles and resources)

Considering how you might make a passion for social justice into a career? Take a moment to hear from others regarding what they considered in doing so and start your own exploring of the field and various opportunities to carry …

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National Non-Profits Civil Rights and Social Justice Jobs

National Non-Profits Civil Rights and Social Justice Jobs

Identifying opportunities to pursue a passion and/or commitment to social justice can be challenging. Looking for positions with reputable companies that demonstrate a commitment in this area can also contribute to this challenge. In addition to several resources available to …

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How to Break Into Non-Profit Work (Shared Article from The Muse)

How to Break Into Non-Profit Work (Shared Article from The Muse)

This is a shared article from The Muse that shares valuable insights on how to break into non-profit work:

“Want to make the world a better place, but aren’t sure where to start? A career in the nonprofit world could …

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Expanding Your Understanding of Education as an Industry (shared article from The Balance Careers)

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When we think of the industry of education, many jump straight to the profession teaching. While teaching is certainly within the industry of education, there are many professions that expand beyond this traditional understanding of the industry. Alison Doyle from …

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Seattle Non-Profits (Shared Article from Vocation Village)

Seattle Non-Profits (Shared Article from Vocation Village)

Sometime, getting to know what options are out there is half of the challenge when it comes to learning about career interests. After all, it’s hard to know what you don’t know. If you’re interested in better understanding the breadth …

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Impact Public Schools is hiring Lead Teachers and Teaching Fellows!

Impact Public Schools is hiring Lead Teachers and Teaching Fellows!

Impact Public Schools is hiring Lead Teachers and Teaching Fellows for the 2021-22 school year. Teaching at Impact is an incredible opportunity. Our schools are small, tight knit families and we are deeply committed to closing the opportunity gap. 

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Community Scholars Program Opportunity!

Community Scholars Program Opportunity!

The housing crisis. Systemic racism. The climate crisis. The challenges facing our society are not only becoming more complex, but more urgent. And it won’t be solved in just a few years. It’s going to take the entire careers of …

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Pursuing Social Justice Through Service

Pursuing Social Justice Through Service
Pursuing Social Justice Through Service

Are you interested in making an impact after graduation? Learn how you can begin your career in social justice, serve , and gain transferable skills. Connect with alumni …

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