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: 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,…

    Read more


  • 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…

    Read more


  • 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…

    Read more


  • 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…

    Read more


  • 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…

    Read more