UW Brand

Monthly themes and calendar

To guide our communications, we use monthly message themes based on our brand pillars. Focusing around a given theme helps punch through the clutter of the modern media landscape, as well as make it easier to choose which stories to pursue at which time.

We use the UW homepage and our social media channels to help drive these themes. Being on theme and using the theme’s accompanying hashtag makes it more likely that a story created by a college, school or department will be picked up by one of these central assets.

The themes are not meant to be rigid and uncompromising — we don’t exclusively promote stories that align with the theme during a given month. If you have a great story about the student experience, you don’t need to wait for a Husky Experience theme month to promote it. (Though when the next Husky Experience month does roll around, it would be a great opportunity to resurface that story!)

For more information, see this blog post introducing the concept of message themes. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jack Martin.

2023–24 Monthly Message Themes

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Month Theme Strategic Considerations
July Proven Impact
August Our Public Promise
September BeBoundless
9/1: Seattle application for fall 2024 first-year admission opens
9/8: Annual Recognition Gala
9/27: First day of autumn quarter classes
October Husky Student Experience
10/12: Annual President’s Address
10/20: W Day
10/20-21: UW Family Weekend & Homecoming
November Population Health
11/11: Veterans Day
11/15: First-year student application deadline for Seattle
December This is UW
Celebrating student, faculty, staff and alumni accomplishments
January Our Public Promise
1/10: Start of 2024 legislative session (projected)
1/15: First-year student application deadline for Bothell and first-year priority application date for Tacoma
1/15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February Proven Impact
March Innovation Mindset
Early March: Seattle admission offers sent
April Husky Student Experience
May Population Health
5/1: Deadline to accept fall 2024 admission at Bothell and Seattle; confirmation priority date for Tacoma
June This is UW
6/7: Tacoma Commencement
6/8: Seattle Commencement
6/9: Bothell Commencement
6/19: Juneteenth