Office of Research

West Coast Poverty Center


The West Coast Poverty Center serves as a hub for research, education, and policy analysis leading to greater understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and effective approaches to reducing it in the west coast states. Funded in October of 2005, the Center is one of three regional poverty centers funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (OASPE). The other regional centers are the Center for Poverty Research at the University of Kentucky and the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin. OASPE also sponsors the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan.

A collaborative venture of the UW School of Social Work, the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, and the College of Arts and Sciences, the West Coast Poverty Center creates new opportunities for cross-disciplinary exchanges and collaboration among poverty researchers and fosters a network of poverty scholars in the west coast region. The Center mentors the next generation of poverty scholars and practitioners through faculty awards, research assistantships and dissertation fellowships for graduate students, and graduate programs of study. Beyond the university, the Poverty Center works to bring poverty-relevant knowledge to policymakers and practitioners and to engage researchers and policy practitioners in dialogue through outreach, communications, and events.

An interdisciplinary group of Faculty Affiliates of the Poverty Center hold teaching appointments at the University of Washington. The Center is governed by a group of Faculty Affiliates at UW who constitute an executive committee and by an external Advisory Board.

Core Services Offered

Advancing poverty knowledge, mentoring new poverty scholars and engaging policy practitioners.

Funding Information:

Federal, state, and private

Reporting Structure:

Sandra Archibald, Dean, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

Related UW Entities:

College of Arts & Sciences

Center Details

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Director: Romich, Jennifer
Location: School of Social Work 101
Year Started: 2005
Administering College/School: Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance 
P.I. Home Department: Social Work 
Faculty Involvement: 30