State Relations

Higher Education


January 10, 2017

UW releases 2017 state legislative agenda

Just in time for the start of the 2017 legislative session, the University of Washington released its legislative priorities. Here’s an overview of key priorities from the agenda: Operating Budget Priorities Competing for excellence: As a world-class academic and research institution, the UW is dedicated to retaining and attracting the best faculty and staff who…


New members of State Relations

The State Relations office has two new members looking forward to representing the university and working with you. Meet the team:    Joe Dacca, Director Since graduating from the UW in 2006, Joe has spent the past decade working for state and federal elected officials.  Most recently, Joe worked as the District Director for Congressman…


October 19, 2016

State and local leaders recognize Together UW Day – October 21, 2016

In recognition of the launch of the university’s Be Boundless – For Washington, For the World philanthropic campaign, Governor Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, City of Spokane Mayor David Condon, Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council offered their support in proclamations and a salutation, recognizing October 21, 2016 as “Together UW Day.”   Go…


October 13, 2016

Update from State Relations: October 2016

We are officially in Autumn Quarter at the university and things are still bustling for the State Relations team. Here are some highlights from the month so far:   On October 7, Governor Inslee issued an executive order to combat the opioid crisis facing our state. The press conference took place in the Hogness Auditorium…


Update from State Relations: September 2016

September was a busy month for the State Relations office, starting with the arrival of our new director, Bernard Dean, on September 1. He has been busy learning about UW’s programs and meeting with as many students, faculty, and staff as possible prior to the start of the 2017 legislative session in Olympia. Welcome to…


September 7, 2016

UW’s innovations in medical education in the spotlight

From Tuesday’s edition of the Seattle Times: While most UW students have a few more weeks of summer to enjoy, the School of Medicine is already in full swing. With the introduction of new curriculum, first-year medical students are spending less time in a traditional lecture hall and more time with hands-on patient care on…


August 25, 2016

News via the Spokesman-Review: Gonzaga, UW welcome new medical students to Spokane

Great news from The Spokesman-Review: Sixty medical students in the inaugural class of a collaboration between the University of Washington and Gonzaga University received their first stethoscopes in a special ceremony Tuesday night. The ceremony marked the beginning of their medical studies, but it was much like a graduation ceremony: Each student was called forward…


July 21, 2016

External Affairs hosts state, city staff for Early Learning Showcase

On Tuesday, the Office of External Affairs hosted an Early Learning Showcase. Attendees started the day at the UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, learning about brain development and language, plus cognition and social understanding. The visit also included a tour of the facility and a discussion about how research can be put into…


June 16, 2016

New UW faculty tour Washington, meet state leaders and incoming students

The annual UW Faculty Field Tour took place this week with stops that highlight Washington’s rich geography, economy, history and agricultural community. Below are a few pictures from time spent in eastern Washington. The first day of the tour departed from Seattle and headed south, with stops at the Port of Tacoma, Mount St. Helens…


May 25, 2016

External Affairs hosts state, federal staff and business leaders for Clean Energy & Innovation Tour

On Monday, the Office of External Affairs hosted a Clean Energy & Innovation Tour. Attendees started the day at the UW Clean Energy Institute in the Molecular Engineering & Sciences building, learning about CEI and the UW’s efforts to accelerate a clean energy future from Director Dan Schwartz. The tour included a visit to the…



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