Student Affairs Staff Spotlight: Dawn Williams (April 2022)
April 4, 2022
Each month, Student Affairs recognizes one of its outstanding staff members for their hard work, dedication, and passion for serving the UW Tacoma community.
Name: Dawn Williams
Unit: Career Development & Education within Student Transitions & Success
Hobby: Attempting to be a gardener so I can grow my own veggies
Favorite Place on UW Tacoma campus and Why: Metro Coffee – I love the atmosphere, people, and coffee. Plus, in the Spring, I enjoy the tulips and alliums on the walk there.
Nominated by: Amanda Figueroa
Dawn Williams has been leading efforts in Career Development and Education for six years, and her leadership has been invaluable in raising the profile of efforts to ensure the UW Tacoma experience is preparing students for success after graduation. Throughout her time in Tacoma, Dawn has supported creative programming to meet the needs of students. Through her leadership, UW Tacoma gained access to Handshake, a host of self-paced online career preparation tools, greatly increased our ability to assess career education efforts and outcomes, and staff and faculty now have access to innovative programming like Career Champions. As a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, Dawn has led many asset-based and affirming workshops for student groups and staff teams, which is a natural extension of how she shows up as a maximizer and is a wonderful example of the Student Affairs value of inclusivity.
Student Affairs champions holistic learning and success for UW Tacoma students. We remove barriers for students, engage them as partners to create an inclusive campus community and equip them for lives and careers that have meaning and impact.
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