Coming from a family of Huskies, I grew up on the UW campus. My mom holds two UW degrees and worked for the College of Engineering. Over many years, she worked with minority programs such as MESA and MSEP. My sister and I often tagged along, and both of us were exposed to the many offerings of the UW. My dad and sister also hold UW degrees, and now that I am a parent, my husband and I enjoy bringing our 4-year-old son to Husky games and other UW events. Yes, we still are a family of Huskies.
As president of the UW Alumni Association, I’ve been given the opportunity to serve the institution that has done so much for me and my family. For all of us who have been touched by the UW, it is my goal to build on our shared experiences and advocate for the University of Washington and the next generation of Huskies.
President Emmert speaks to the $9.1 billion the UW generates in economic activity for the state of Washington each year (see pages 8-9), but that’s only part of the story. Millions of people benefit from the global impact of UW research, medicine, jobs and ingenuity. I support this effort and am proud to represent the more than 50,000 UWAA members who are choosing to stand side by side with the UW. If you are not yet a member, I personally invite you to join us in making a difference for the UW and our communities.
Each of us plays a role in supporting the UW. As a speech communication major, I feel it’s important we tell our stories. That’s why we’re building an interactive timeline that puts your UW story next to the UW’s rich history. I’m excited to put myself in the timeline when it launches Sept. 23, and I encourage you to do the same at UWalum.com/timeline. We’ve also launched a blog that makes sharing your UW connection easier. Find me on BlogDownToWashington.com throughout the year, and leave a comment to get involved in the life of the UW.
In addition to the great things going on at the UWAA, I am passionate about supporting efforts for underrepresented and educationally disadvantaged students and communities. For 15 years I have enjoyed working in the diversity arena for a top Northwest company, and I just finished my last term after 12 years on the board of the UW’s Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program. I’ve served on the UWAA board for four years and helped create Viewpoints, the UWAA’s diversity magazine.
That’s just part of my UW story. I’ll be sharing more throughout the year, and I’d love to hear yours. Join me in supporting the University of Washington. Together, we make the UW stronger.
Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, ’94
President, UW Alumni Association