Office of External Affairs

OUR WORK

The Office of External Affairs is responsible for influencing public policy and opinion, communicating about the university priorities, challenges and achievements and strengthening the university’s reputation and public perception.

Units include the offices responsible for government and community relations at the federal, state, regional and Spokane/Eastern Washington levels, television production and radio and an executive and administrative staff.


  • From the VP: Better days ahead for the U District

    March 16, 2021

    Randy Hodgins

    Like every urban business and cultural center, Seattle’s U District neighborhood continues to face the ramifications and economic hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic. Without the bustle of students, faculty, staff and visitors for the past twelve months, some of the great progress the District made in the last few years around livability and public safety…

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  • From the VP: 2021 Washington state legislative session preview

    December 23, 2020

    External Affairs

    You may recall at the onset of the pandemic last spring, the Washington State Economic and Revenue Council estimated a shocking $9 billion state budget deficit. This forecast was particularly troubling to those of us in higher education. State appropriations to the University of Washington were cut in half during the Great Recession and the…

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  • Huskies fighting COVID-19: Lisa Chew, Martine Pierre-Louis and Paula Houston

    October 30, 2020

    External Affairs

    This week we connected with Dr. Lisa Chew, Associate Medical Director of Ambulatory Services at Harborview Medical Center and associate professor at the UW School of Medicine; Martine Pierre-Louis, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Harborview Medical Center; and Paula Houston, Chief Equity Officer for UW Medicine and Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs…

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  • Huskies fighting COVID-19: Jack Davis

    October 16, 2020

    External Affairs

    This week we connected with Jack Davis, AM Courier Lead for UW Medical Center Reference Lab Services (RLS) Courier Group. Davis has been working on the front lines of the pandemic in a role most of us don't even think about. He shares his experience transporting specimens from testing sites to the laboratory — an often…

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  • Huskies fighting COVID-19: Denise Batura

    September 17, 2020

    External Affairs

    This week we connected with Denise Batura, ICU nurse at Harborview Medical Center. Batura has been working on the front lines of the pandemic in the Harborview COVID-19 ICU. She shares her experience caring for patients and serving families during this unprecedented time. Q: What inspired you to become a nurse? What keeps you going? A:…

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