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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Equity & Justice in Graduate Programs at UW!

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Considering graduate school? Curious how you might center equity and justice in your area of study? The University of Washington has your back!

“Fostering diversity and inclusion in graduate education is a paramount responsibility as we prepare our graduate students …

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Important Job Skills for Teachers (Shared article from The Balance Careers)

Important Job Skills for Teachers (Shared article from The Balance Careers)

Beyond a formal education, student teaching and credentials, what else would you imagine to be helpful to educators? To be more specific, what skills would you say educators need to be successful in their roles? This shared article from The …

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Youth Programs Summer Jobs Fair – April 6th!

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Youth Programs Summer Jobs Fair

Tuesday, April 6th, 2-4pm

·         Hosted in Zoom (not affiliated with our office)

·         Event information and registration here: https://www.washington.edu/youth/youth-at-uw-events/summer-jobs-fair/

·         Point of contact: uwminors@uw.edu (multiple people are involved in the event coordination and can all be reached …

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Time to Step Up – Resources and Articles that Promote the Importance of Identity-based Work

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As a career coach, I spend a portion of my week learning and culminating resources that share promising practices in the area of career development. Typically, the content I share via this channel focuses on the industries of education, non-profit, …

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Education and Innovation – The 10 most innovative education companies of 2021 (Shared Article from Fast Company)

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The past year and its realities have forced most industries to tap into innovation to sustain their work and continue serving their customers. One of the industries that has be spotlighted the most has been education. Check out how these …

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Important Job Skills for Teachers (Shared Article from The Balance Careers)

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Thinking about education as a major and hoping to better understand the skills you may need to cultivate? Getting ready to graduate and looking to pursue a career in education? This article may provide valuable insight and understanding for your …

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How will you advocate for equity?

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How will you advocate for equity?

Educational equity is the issue that will most shape the course of our nation, and it requires the most driven, passionate leaders your generation has to offer. Making sure all children have an excellent …

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Human Rights Areas of Practice (Shared Content from Human Rights Careers)

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(Shared content from Human Rights Careers) Without enforcement, universal human rights are just a concept. Instruments like treaties and laws are necessary to ensure everyone’s human rights are protected. Human rights lawyers, advocates, and other defenders of human rights pressure …

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Practice Social Advocacy – University of Washington, Whole U

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Join a panel on Feb. 18 with UW staffers Magdalena Fonseca, Leilani Lewis and Virginia Frausto who will explore the interplay of work and social advocacy. This event will be moderated by the UW Combined Fund Drive.

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Be a K-12 Educator during SPR 21 through EDUC 401!

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Be a K-12 Educator during SPR 21 through EDUC 401!

The UW Riverways Education Partnerships recruits, trains and places UW students as volunteer tutors in Seattle schools and community organizations. We are recruiting tutors for Spring quarter to support schools …

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