Welcome to the Allen School Care Committee. Graduate school is stressful and full of ups and downs. The Care Committee is a group of graduate student volunteers who provide a default support network to other Allen School graduate students as they make their way through courses, research, and life.

What We Do 

Care Baskets

If you or some PhD student you know could use a little pick-me-up in the form of a care basket, let us know by filling out this form. We provide baskets free of charge with nonperishable food snacks and other items to help get you through a stressful time.

Peer Support Hours

If you just want someone to talk to who understands what it's like to be in graduate school or get advice on finding resources, come to our support hours. These meetings are completely confidential and private. During the fall quarter, these are Fridays at 10:00 AM in Allen 674. If this time does not work for you, please request a one-on-one chat (see below).

Support Hour
Volunteer Name
Year in PhD



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 3 https://nicasia.github.io/






 3 https://sites.google.com/view/rashmi/home


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 5  https://tlringer.github.io/



 2  https://kdrewniak.com/


One-on-one Chats

You can schedule a one-on-one chat with a member of the Care Committee about an issue you’d like to talk about, which can be held outside the department or off campus for privacy. You are welcome to request a specific person, with the understanding that they might not be available, and someone else might volunteer in their place. To request a chat, email the list care-committee-offsite@cs.washington.edu, which only goes to one person (currently Nick N.), who will field the request and use your email address to coordinate with you. Requests should contain your name, a brief description of the topic (vague or one word is fine), and any details such as whether you’d like to meet outside of the department or off campus, and whether you wish to remain anonymous to others in the Care Committee. Current care commitee members who are available for chats: Talia R., Shana H., Nicasia B.-W., Esther J., Anna K. S.

Finding Professional Resources

If you need help finding a doctor or specialist that is in-network, see our upcoming help guide. If you don't know what in-network means and want help navigating the GAIP health care system, see this health insurance help guide.

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