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.


  • 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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  • Huskies fighting COVID-19: Shwetak Patel

    September 3, 2020

    External Affairs

    This week we connected with Shwetak Patel, Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Washington. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Patel and his team have redirected their research efforts to focus on the development of…

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  • From the VP: My summer reading list

    August 21, 2020

    Randy Hodgins

    Historically, summer has been a season for slowing down, planning for the next academic year and even getting a little time away from the office. Of course, we all know by now this has not been a typical summer. If yours has been like mine, you know work has done anything but slow down and…

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  • Huskies fighting COVID-19: Dean Hilary Godwin

    August 20, 2020

    External Affairs

    From the beginning, the University of Washington and UW Medicine have supported our state's efforts to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. "Huskies fighting COVID-19" is a feature series highlighting individuals who's work is making an impact from Public Health and Computer Science & Engineering to the Virology Lab and the emergency room. This week we…

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  • From the VP: Name, image and likeness and the NCAA — a debate far from settled

    June 24, 2020

    Randy Hodgins

    It might seem strange to be discussing student-athletes when the pervasive spread of COVID-19 abruptly shut down all college sporting events this spring and the potential for future contests continues to be uncertain. Players may not be on the field, but conversations around student-athlete compensation — particularly the ability to profit from the use of…

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