Legislative District 11

UW community members are living and working in districts across Washington state. Here's how we are making an impact in your neck of the woods.

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"I used to despise the phrase 'the immigrant experience' — every trace of my Vietnamese heritage was actively covered up with a false, fleeting American dream, a faint promise of happiness and stability in exchange for cultural assimilation. Throughout my time at the UW, perhaps the most significant lesson I learned was how my cultural and social aspects of identity would be my ultimate source of strength. Now I seek to empower and be a servant-leader for other first-generation students like me."
Van NguyenBiology; minor in Chemistry & Neuroscience; 2020 Husky 100 member


The UW facilitates hundreds of programs in communities across the state. Below are a few that operate in your district.

Superfund Research Program with Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition

The UW’s Superfund Research Program (SRP) studies environmental and human health impacts of neurotoxic chemicals commonly found at hazardous waste sites. Superfund sites are federally prioritized for cleanup because they contain hazardous substances that may endanger public health or the environment. SRP’s researchers and community engagement staff are invested in the cleanup of Seattle’s Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund site and have partnered with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and other community organizations affected by the site since it was listed for cleanup in 2001.

Foster School of Business–Consulting and Business Development Center

The Center engages students and local business owners in solving complex, unstructured, real-world challenges. Through faculty-led business education courses and the work of student consulting teams, the Center grows business revenues and jobs with a focus on businesses owned by those who are LGBTQ+, people of color, women, veterans, tribal citizens and those located in underserved communities. Since its inception in 1995, the Center has generated more than $210 million in new revenue and retained over 200,000 jobs. Classes are offered in Seattle, Yakima, the Tri-Cities and on tribal lands while drawing business owners regionally and nationally.

Forefront in the Schools

Forefront in the Schools (FIS), an initiative of the UW’s Forefront Suicide Prevention program, guides high school administrators, students and parents through a collaborative, comprehensive process of policy development and curriculum improvement to build on existing student mental-health and suicide-prevention efforts. FIS aims to create school communities that are prepared to prevent student mental-health problems and respond to students with mental-health needs, including those at risk for suicide.


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal grant program providing middle and high school students from low-income families in south King County with the support they need to access and succeed in college. Beginning in sixth and seventh grades, 4,300 students participate in GEAR UP for seven years. The program helps students enter STEM fields, offering support through tutoring, mentoring, financial aid instruction, college and educational field trips, teacher professional development and parent empowerment.

Young Executives of Color

Young Executives of Color (YEOC) is a nine-month college pipeline program hosted by the UW’s Michael G. Foster School of Business. YEOC focuses on engaging high school students of color in a comprehensive curriculum that includes college preparation, professional development, business lectures and powerful mentorship. The program, which is free to students, currently serves 190 students from over 75 high schools around Washington state.


UW INSPIRE supports western Washington educators of pre-K through 12th grade with reciprocal research-practice partnerships, focusing on student thinking and giving educators the opportunity to learn alongside children, improving instruction and student achievement. Fueled by innovative local educators at all levels of the public-school system and supported by local philanthropists and individual donors, INSPIRE is coordinated by a team of faculty, staff and graduate students at the UW College of Education.


  • Senator Bob Hasegawa (D),
    Senator Bob Hasegawa (D)

    Senator Bob Hasegawa (D)

  • Representative David Hackney (D),
    Representative David Hackney (D)

    Representative David Hackney (D)

  • Representative Steve Bergquist (D),
    Representative Steve Bergquist (D)

    Representative Steve Bergquist (D)


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