During this time of extraordinary challenge and need, social workers are called to join or lead initiatives that provide critically needed support to our most vulnerable community members. Particularly important are technology-assisted strategies offering outreach, support and social connection during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Project Connect is a virtual “collaboratory"—created by the School of Social Work along with colleagues from Seattle University—that brings together local and regional social service agencies, social work faculty and students, and volunteer practitioners.

“Project Connect is designed to spark and guide collaborative initiatives and pop-up service strategies, developed in real time to address the pandemic’s negative impacts on our communities,” says Eddie Uehara, the School's Ballmer Endowed Dean in Social Work. 

For students, these collaborative projects provide safe and substantive remote-learning and service opportunities that can serve as field-placement options. Students participate in rapid response and service delivery that can make a real difference in the social and mental health of at-risk individuals and families. Our students also have access to the School’s significant research capacity, enabling them to augment and evaluate impact. Additionally, students may reflect on their role as first responders—lessons that can be applied to future societal crises that require rapidly deployed and scientifically sound solutions.

To submit a proposal, please go to How to Submit a Project Idea. Thank you.