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: 2022 legislative session preview

    January 10, 2022

    External Affairs

    In the immortal words of the 70’s rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, “Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.” Yes, the 2022 Washington state legislative session begins this week and like last year, it will again be conducted primarily remotely. A virtual session — like all pandemic pivots — presents its…

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  • From the VP: Exciting opportunities in Spokane

    October 29, 2021

    Randy Hodgins

    When you think about where the University of Washington is making an impact, Spokane might not be the first place that comes to mind. You might instead picture our extensive west side purple and gold presence, particularly on our Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses. However, the UW actually has a long history in the Lilac…

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  • Honoring Indigenous People's Day

    October 11, 2021

    External Affairs

    The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land that touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations. To learn more about the land you live on, we recommend consulting Native Land. Indigenous People's Day is a celebration and honoring of the past,…

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  • From the VP: Exciting news for cancer care and research

    July 16, 2021

    Randy Hodgins

    Earlier this week UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch), Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and Seattle Children’s announced a new approach to providing world-class cancer care and cancer research in the Pacific Northwest. Under this new plan, Fred Hutch and SCCA would merge, forming the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (FHCC), an independent,…

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  • From the VP: When the pandemic separated us, KUOW and KEXP kept their communities connected, informed and entertained

    June 4, 2021

    Randy Hodgins

    Photo credit:KEXP- Renata Steiner, KUOW Fifteen months ago, the world dramatically changed when the first COVID-19 case in the U.S. was discovered right here in the state of Washington. Nearly every industry was disrupted as our nation struggled to contain the virus. In this unimaginable year of a public health crisis, upheaval in society and…

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