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Partnering for the greater good

The University of Washington is proud to work with Starbucks in a partnership that strengthens our shared vision to serve Washington and the world.

Starbucks is a catalyst for promise and potential and its mission is in lock-step with the UW’s purpose to unleash boundless possibilities for everyone, everywhere — starting with our state.

As two historic Seattle institutions, our local partnership emboldens our work for the global good. Together we are uniting our goals and initiatives in education, community outreach and sustainability to propel people — and opportunity.

Our partnership is transforming the lives of students and all of the people we serve

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Strengthening the student experience

Starbucks helps us enrich the Husky experience through internship opportunities at the company’s Seattle headquarters and career mentorship. As a proud supporter of student life events and adventures, you’ll find Starbucks engaging our community during Dawg Daze, W Day and throughout Veterans Week. As a Career Center preferred employer, Starbucks hires Huskies who will learn and grow with the company like Stephen Ramirez, ’15.

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Promoting equity and inclusion

Our public mission drives us to serve our state by providing access to opportunities for all. As a global brand, Starbucks shares that commitment and together we put equity and inclusion at the heart of our work. Starbucks is also creating possibilities by providing student scholarships to underrepresented students through the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity. Read more about Starbucks’ long-standing commitment to inclusion.

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Protecting our environment

Environmental sustainability is a core tenet of the mission and values of both the UW and Starbucks. Our shared commitment includes building LEED-certified structures, as well as research and innovation in clean water and climate change. Our work has led to a natural partnership with UW conservationists and students through the Environmental Innovation Challenge as well as Earth Day celebrations. See what happened at the first UW-Starbucks Earth Day of Service at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture.

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Brewing innovation in education and leadership

As a global force in innovation, Starbucks inspires leadership development through education and mentorship programs like the Husky Leadership Initiative. The company is an active participant in the initiative’s Leadership Firesides, Husky Spring Training Leadership Conference and the U Lead We Lead: For a Better Tomorrow work sessions. Hear from John Kelly, Starbucks senior vice president, Global Responsibility & Public Policy, at a recent session.

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Unleashing possibility through philanthropy

Starbucks is linking arms with the students, faculty and staff who are working every day to change the world, connecting passion with philanthropy. Starbucks was a generous sponsor of the UW’s philanthropic campaign launch experience and is helping to unleash promise and potential through the UW’s campaign Be Boundless — For Washington, For the World.

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Huskies serve alongside partners for MLK Week

Proud Husky partners Starbucks and the United Way joined with the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center to celebrate the MLK Week of Service. UW faculty, staff and students linked arms with more than 800 Starbucks employees to volunteer their time and talents at projects across Seattle including the UW Farm, Capitol Hill Tool Library and 35th Annual Community March and Rally.

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Looking ahead: Creating moments of connection

The UW is proud of the past, present and future collaborations with Starbucks. Since 2012, we have been combining our time, talent and resources to work for a world of good.