wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House is a longhouse-style facility on the UW Seattle campus. It provides a multi-service learning and gathering space for American Indian and Alaska Native students, faculty and staff, as well as others from various cultures and communities to come together in a welcoming environment to share knowledge. When it opened its doors for the first time in 2015, the Intellectual House made history. The building was the culmination of a decades-long dream to create a gathering place in honor of our region’s First Nations. An iconic structure on the University of Washington campus, the Intellectual House has been home to many tribal summits and events, and it has been the site of many other university and community events. Now, it is time to complete Phase 2 by adding spaces specifically for students. Phase 2 will require a collaboration among tribes, businesses, individuals and the University.
Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The building’s name is the Lushootseed language name for Intellectual House and was gifted by the late Vi Hilbert, a revered Lushootseed linguist and member of the Elders Committee that helped contribute to the project’s conception.
Recording was provided by Jill K. La Pointe, MSW ’88, of the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Tribes. She is the granddaughter of the late Vi Hilbert, a revered Luhshootseed linguist.
Link to know more about the naming: Rising from hallowed ground | UW Magazine
About Phase 2
The Intellectual House (wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ) – Phase 1, completed in 2015, moved us closer toward enabling Native American students to overcome the cultural barriers they face to earning a four-year degree by creating a facility where students, faculty, staff, and Native American communities can come together in a supportive and welcoming educational environment to share their knowledge and cultures. Phase 2 is envisioned to bring additional support to Native American student retention through greater connection to their culture and community in the form of a facility that includes a Native art lab, a student resource area, a student lounge, and an outdoor gathering space surrounded by educational native gardens used in the community-led learning of indigenous science, art, and medicine.
Phase 2 Goals
- To offer more informal gathering spaces for students to build community.
- To provide dedicated and much needed gathering and meeting spaces for AI/AN students, faculty and staff.
- To offer suitable workshop space for Native American art, such as wood carving, weaving, painting, beading, etc.
- To increase support services for Native American students on campus, such as counseling, elder’s lounge, guidance counselors, etc.
- To enhance the UW community through the recruitment of prospective students and retention and graduation of AI/AN students.
Intellectual House Fund
Gifts to the Intellectual House Fund support the planning, design, and construction of Phase 2.
Phase 2 completes the vision for wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House. Learn more about the project details and the positive impact on future UW Students.