State Relations

July 1, 2019

Legislators engage with UW faculty in their local communities

Recently, twenty-five new UW faculty members participated in the UW’s annual five-day Faculty Field Tour to explore Washington’s diverse communities and learn about UW’s impact across the state. The tour visited communities throughout Washington, including Olympia, Vancouver, Toppenish, Richland, Ritzville and Spokane. At these stops, local legislators also had the opportunity to participate and engage with the faculty.

In Vancouver, Sen. Cleveland and Reps. Harris, Hoff and Wylie joined for dinner at the Heathman Lodge and participated in a lecture with Assistant Professor Alison Duvall about the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

In Toppenish, Rep. Corry met us at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, which is the largest community health center in the Pacific Northwest.

In Richland, Rep. Boehnke joined for the tour of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and had the opportunity to hear the sound of two black holes colliding.

Rep. Boehnke

In Ritzville, Sen. Schoesler generously invited the faculty members to visit and explore his family wheat farm and talked about his extensive experience as a Washington State wheat farmer and legislator.

Sen. Schoesler

In Spokane, Reps. Graham, McCaslin and Riccelli joined for breakfast at The Davenport and participated in conversation about economic development in Spokane and the UW’s impact.

Sen. Holy and Rep. Chandler also took the opportunity to meet with staff in-district to discuss some of the issues important to UW, UW Medicine and their local community and constituents.

Thank you to the legislators who participated! For more information about the UW Faculty Field Tour, click here.