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.


  • Released Today: 2019 Economic Impact Report

    November 19, 2019

    External Affairs

    The results of an independent economic impact study conducted over FY 2018 were released today. While it is impossible to quantify all the ways the University of Washington makes an impact, this report sheds light on the University's economic contributions to the state economy. As a public university, the UW depends on support from the taxpayers of our…

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  • From the VP- We are the University FOR Washington (and Alaska too!)

    October 24, 2019

    Randy Hodgins

    Now that I have recovered slightly from our football team’s heartbreaking loss to the Ducks last weekend, I have had a chance to reflect on my recent trip to Anchorage. You might be surprised that the UW is sending staff to the 49th state, but our relationship with Alaska dates back more than a century.…

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  • From the VP- What do Governor Jay Inslee, Seattle Metro Chamber CEO Marilyn Strickland and Microsoft’s Brad Smith have in Common? A Liberal Arts Degree!

    September 27, 2019

    Randy Hodgins

    Steve Jobs once said, “Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our hearts sing.” The Apple Macintosh and iPhone sold millions not just because they had impressive processing power. They also looked and felt cool thanks to their sleek…

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  • Nation’s top doctor visits UW School of Public Health

    June 21, 2019

    External Affairs

    U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams visited the University of Washington to meet with students in the School of Public Health. He also took a few selfies. Dr. Adams met with students to talk about the nation’s opioid crisis. Opioids and addiction are among his priorities as the “Nation’s Doctor.” A dozen undergraduate and graduate students shared how…

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  • Congressional update: First spending package ready for floor action

    June 13, 2019

    External Affairs

    The last two FY2020 spending bills– the Homeland Security and Financial Services measures– were cleared by the House Appropriations Committee earlier this week. The homeland security legislation was adopted 29 – 20 while the financial services bill was approved 30 – 21. The House is now slated to bring its first spending package to the…

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