Office of External Affairs

June 25, 2015

The UW Spokane Center is open!

The UW Spokane Center opened yesterday with a celebration featuring the UW Husky Marching Band, Cheer Team and Harry the Husky. UW interim Provost Jerry Baldasty, a native of Spokane, was joined by Spokane Mayor David Condon for a brief ceremony followed by an afternoon of activities at the center. Read more about the celebration from

June 18, 2015

UW and Tsinghua University announce creation of the Global Innovation Exchange

Today, the University of Washington and Tsinghua University announced a groundbreaking partnership and the creation the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), an institute dedicated to educating the next generation of innovators. Learn more about GIX here and read media coverage by the Seattle Times, GeekWire and The Wall Street Journal.    

June 16, 2015

UW professor chosen as nation’s Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera was named the 21st United States Poet Laureate. He is the first Latino honored since the U.S. Consultant in Poetry program began in 1937. Herrera is a visiting professor in the Department of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington. Read more from UW Today.  

June 4, 2015

New student regent named

Vanessa Kritzer is the next student member of the UW Board of Regents. Kritzer is a native of Seattle and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at the Evans School of Public Affairs. Her year-long appointment is effective July 1. Read more from UW Today.    

Seattle Times editorial board weighs in on computer science expansion

The Seattle Times published an editorial asserting that the legislature should invest in the proposed computer science and engineering building expansion. Read the piece from the Seattle Times.

May 12, 2015

King County announces Best Starts for Kids initiative

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a new King County initiative – Best Starts for Kids. The goal is to provide resources necessary to prevent negative outcomes in the community. The initiative focuses on early childhood development and incorporates recommendations and outcomes of research completed at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

April 30, 2015

Seattle City Council approves BIA for the U District

On Monday, the Seattle City Council approved a new Business Improvement Area (BIA) for the University District. Assessments collected from property owners in this new area will help pay for: cleaning and public safety; events and marketing; policy and advocacy; economic development; planning; and program management. The new BIA will also pay for expanded cleaning

March 26, 2015

U District Find It, Fix It with Mayor Murray

In February, the U District hosted the first “Find It, Fix It” walk of 2015. Mayor Ed Murray, then Provost Ana Mari Cauce, city officials and community members walked the U District and discussed community improvement and public safety. Watch a video about the walk here.      

March 4, 2015

UW best in the West according to Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly ranked the University of Washington first in their “Best Bang for the Buck” in the West. The UW is the top school with regard to the best value based on a variety of factors. Read more from the Seattle Times and see the rankings here.

February 19, 2015

UW at the top for Peace Corps volunteers

The University of Washington produced the most Peace Corps volunteers for 2015, reclaiming the top spot with 72 alumni currently in service. Read more from UW Today.

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