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Virtual Engagement


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Looking for fun virtual engagement activities for your student organization? Need a break from online classes? A few moments to de-stress?

As we adapt to a new virtual learning environment in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are faced with a unique opportunity to stretch our communication skills and utilize new technologies to create more personalized and adaptive learning and connections for students. Broadly defined, virtual engagement involves using various online technologies such as Zoom video conferencing, social media, and other digital platforms. These platforms will help students to stay involved with the UW campus community.    

The resources offered on these pages aim to assist in the intellectual and professional development of our students. Utilizing these resources and new technologies will: 

  • Help create more personalized and adaptive learning and connections for students

  • Offer structured digital engagement

  • Provide social opportunities in a digital environment

We want UW students to succeed anytime, anyplace. These resources are available 24/7 because students are 24/7. Please share these resources with your student peers during this time of social distancing and virtual learning.

Take a few minutes and explore the resources compiled by The Center for Student Involvement & Leadership!



Community Service

Virtual service is a type of volunteerism that allows you to share your time and talents as members through service away from any physical site of an organization or project.

  • Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.

  • Charity Miles lets you turn a neighborhood jog or weekend hike into a fundraiser for good. Just choose a charity and get moving. The app tracks your movement. For every mile you log, you help to earn money for your chosen charity.

  • Tarjimly allows the world’s 3 billion bilinguals to translate for the world’s 23 million refugees. Bilingual speakers of any language can sign up, and Tarjimly will match you with refugees and aid workers who need your support. You’ll translate in short sessions over chat, audio, or video calls. 


  • The office of Service, Leadership, and Community Engagement has launched an extensive list to help meet the various resources and abilities of individuals. 



Entertainment & Creative Arts


  • Mo Willems invites you into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles!

  • Museums and libraries around the world participate in the Color Our Collections campaign. For it, they create free adult coloring books with free printable coloring pages, based on items from their collections.

  • Enjoy 15-20 minute sessions of free art classes from origami to mandalas, Gallery North has you covered when you need to take a brain break!


  • Pop Up Paint Party in Laramie, Wyoming is offering free pop up paint party's on Facebook Live. Check out the schedule and what supplies you'll need by visiting their Facebook.

  • Across the country, zoos and animal sanctuaries are featuring live-cams, interactive videos, and updates to anyone who wants to see what their exotic creatures are up to. The best part is that anyone with an internet connection can tune in. 

    Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

    Monterey Bay Aquarium 

    San Diego Zoo


  • Already have Netflix? If so you can enjoy movies with friends/family anywhere with Netflix Party. Netflix Party is a Google Chrome extension that synchronizes video playback and adds group chat.

Educational, Travel, and Exploration

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