UWAA Board

From the UWAA President: July 2017

Dear Alumni and Friends,

This school year has been full of unforeseen challenges and opportunities, and we’ve faced each with the openness, intellect, passion and action expected of Husky Nation. As president of the UW Alumni Association Board of Trustees, it has been my honor and privilege to engage and work with students, faculty, staff and alumni in service to the University of Washington.

On Saturday, June 10, I participated in the annual Commencement ceremony in Husky Stadium and was energized and reassured by the thousands of new alumni joining our ranks. Each of these talented students leaves with tools and capabilities to do great things for themselves, our University, state and nation.

The UWAA proudly contributed to their educational process through an effective student engagement program that leveraged our alumni community through numerous on- and off-campus partnerships and collaborations. Included was a successful collaboration with Dr. Ralina Joseph and the Center for Communication, Difference and Equity. This collaboration was a course called Interrupting Privilege, attended by students and alumni and closely aligned with President Cauce’s campus-wide Race and Equity Initiative.

This past year, the UWAA also set records in engaging our alumni community through learning events (lectures, workshops), social gatherings (Dawg Dash, viewing parties), career engagement (Huskies@Work, mentoring), advocacy (UW Impact) and global travel (including a European graduation trip and Patagonia).

I am also excited for the new UWAA board leadership that follows. Incoming president Suzanne Dale Estey, ’01, is poised to continue and expand on the great work done by the UWAA staff and board.

Thank you very much for the opportunity to serve our alumni community. The challenges and opportunities of the future will require we continue to participate in informed open dialogue and think critically, not comfortably, in determining what actions we take. I look forward to remaining engaged and connected to this great institution and the wonderful people that make it special.

Go Dawgs,

Clyde Walker, ’77
President, University of Washington Alumni Association