Legislative District 15

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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  • 485 alumni

  • 124 Husky Promise students

  • 228 UW students

  • 32 UW faculty and staff


"Born in Mexico, I came to the United States looking for a better future. I have worked in the fields and understand the importance of education. At the UW I have met incredible people and friends who have shaped my life as I continue to pursue my dreams."
Raul VillanuevaElectrical Engineering; STARS student
"At the University of Washington I have made so many great friendships and have connected with amazing faculty and staff members. The STARS Program is an amazing two-year program that I do not regret being a part of, as they helped prepare me for future engineering courses and develop skills that will be beneficial throughout my college career and beyond. I am excited to continue to pursue my career in electrical engineering at the UW and can't wait to see what the future holds!"
Diana VerduzcoElectrical Engineering; STARS student

"I am a proud son of an Oaxacan father and a Coliman mother. As a first-generation graduate student, I honor my family, community, and mentors by prioritizing research that focuses on eliminating environmental hazards to reduce the vulnerability of populations characterized by deep disparities in health and socioeconomic status. I believe all communities have the right to clean air, water, and food regardless of social class, race, religion, or nationality."
Yoni RodriguezEnvironmental Health; 2022 Husky 100 Recipient
"As an undocumented student activist pursuing migrant justice, since my 2020 freshman year, the University of Washington has been a critical source of community and support whether that be from current students, educators, and/or past alumni. UW for me has truly been an empowering space where folks are not afraid to speak on important issues, work together, and sometimes even pass legislation through their collective efforts. "
Alex GonzalezLaw, Societies, and Justice, Political Science


The UW facilitates hundreds of programs in communities across the state. Below are a few that operate in your district. Programs active as of January 2023.

Washington Sea Grant

Washington Sea Grant is part of a national network of Sea Grant programs administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For over 50 years, WSG has funded high impact research projects and partnered with communities, businesses, educators and the public to advance regional understanding and sustainable use of our ocean and coastal resources. Washington Sea Grant strives to support healthy, productive and resilient coastal and marine ecosystems that sustain our state’s diverse cultural and maritime heritage, vibrant coastal communities, clean waters and beaches, prosperous fisheries and aquaculture, and diverse wildlife.


RISE UP/SKY GEAR UP is a federal grant program that provides middle and high school students from low-income families in the Skagit, Klickitat and Yakima valleys with the support they need to access and succeed in college. Beginning in sixth and seventh grades, students join a program cohort for the next seven years. The program focuses on helping students enter STEM fields, providing tutoring, mentoring, financial aid instruction, college and educational field trips, teacher professional development and parent empowerment.

UW in the High School

Through the UW in the High School program, high school sophomores, juniors and seniors can complete University of Washington courses — and earn college credit — in their own classrooms with their own teachers. Teachers are approved and trained by UW faculty to teach official UW courses using UW curriculum, activities, texts, tests and grading scales. Participating students can earn college credits at a fraction of the cost, and these credits are accepted by most colleges and universities across Washington and around the country. Partner high schools can offer UW coursework in computer science, math, science, world languages, humanities and social sciences. Check out which schools UW in the High School is partnering with in your area.  

UW School of Dentistry–RIDE

Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) is a track of the UW School of Dentistry using a groundbreaking model of dental education to train dentists to meet the needs of rural and underserved populations in the state and region. Funded by the Legislature in 2007, RIDE increases access to quality dental care in remote communities, enhances the diversity of state and regional health-care workers and improves the health-care system by training team-oriented professionals. RIDE operates in conjunction with Eastern Washington University and alongside dental associations, community health centers, Area Health Education Centers and other stakeholders. Over 70% of RIDE graduates return to rural and underserved areas of Washington and the region to practice dentistry.

Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN), a partnership between the University of Oregon and the University of Washington, is dedicated to reducing impacts of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in Washington and Oregon by providing accurate and timely information about earthquakes and ground motions to scientists, engineers, planners and the public. The second-largest seismic network in the United States, PNSN has more than 300 seismograph stations as well as several offices and personnel across the region.


  • Sen. Nikki Torres (R),
    Sen. Nikki Torres (R)

    Sen. Nikki Torres (R)

  • Rep. Bruce Chandler (R),
    Rep. Bruce Chandler (R)

    Rep. Bruce Chandler (R)

  • Rep. Bryan Sandlin (R),
    Rep. Bryan Sandlin (R)

    Rep. Bryan Sandlin (R)