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Session News: President Cauce advocates for UW legislative agenda during Olympia visit

Yesterday, UW President Ana Mari Cauce came to Olympia for the first time this session to further the University’s legislative agenda. President Cauce met with a variety of lawmakers on the UW’s priorities, including expanding the School of Dentistry’s rural dental education program (RIDE) and providing permanent funding for the Startup Program in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. With capital budget leaders, she advocated for funding to design a new Chemical Sciences Building and modernize Bagley Hall and for Climate Commitment Account dollars to support decarbonization projects at all three of UW’s campuses.

She also emphasized the importance of funding UW Medical Center (UWMC) and Harborview Medical Center (HMC), which serve as the safety-net hospitals for the state. Serving the medical and behavioral health needs of Washington residents is more important than ever, especially for those who are most vulnerable. Additionally, UWMC and HMC train the next generation of health care workers, which must be prioritized to ensure the vitality of the state.

After her meetings, President Cauce met with the presidents of Washington’s other public four-year baccalaureate institutions and attended the Council of Presidents legislative reception, where she was able to connect further with elected officials, legislative and gubernatorial staff, and higher education stakeholders.

Thank you President Cauce for your tireless advocacy of the UW!


Pictures – Left: President Ana Mari Cauce, Smokey the Bear, and Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Chair T’wina Nobles; Right: President Cauce and House Health Care & Wellness Committee Chair Marcus Riccelli