Legislative District 3

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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  • 245 alumni

  • 46 Husky Promise students

  • 266 UW students

  • 202 UW faculty and staff


"Being a UW student has been most important to me in that it has provided me with much needed support. As a first-generation medical student, being able to financially support myself throughout my medical career was a large stressor added on top of an already stressful program. Because of UW, I was able to do my first two years of school in Spokane, where I have lived for quite some time and have established resources. Additionally, I was able to stay close to my family and loved ones who have been a significant psychosocial support for me as well. I am very grateful to UWSOM for both the opportunity to further my career in Spokane and be provided the opportunity to continue to serve the area."
Cecelia VillaSchool of Medicine; UW Medicine
"UW has provided an incredible opportunity in medicine for me. I grew up in a small town in southwest Washington and developed a passion for rural medicine. UW’s rural medicine program (Targeted Rural and Underserved Track or TRUST) has allowed me to be trained to become a physician in a rural area, where there are physician shortages in our region and across the country. I am proud to be a part of a program that both helps me achieve my goals while also fulfilling a need in our local community."
JT YarterSchool of Medicine; UW TRUST Program

"My interest in dentistry arose after shadowing a few dentists in my hometown, Spokane. I found dentistry to be an overall fulfilling profession that constantly encourages learning and expansion of knowledge. My plan post-graduation includes moving back to the Spokane area and starting my dental career. I’m looking forward to the challenges that will arise next quarter and the learning opportunities those challenges present!"
Madeline HoskinsDoctor of Dental Surgery; RIDE student


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.

WWAMI–Medical Education in Spokane

The UW School of Medicine program in Spokane partners with Gonzaga University to house health-science programs in the Spokane & Inland Empire Railroad (SIERR) building as well as the new Health Partnership building in Spokane. The new facility, which opened for student instruction in fall 2022, includes expanded classrooms for lectures and small-group teaching, an anatomy lab and space for additional faculty as well as student study and counseling areas. Part of WWAMI, the School of Medicine’s program in Spokane makes medical education and training more accessible across eastern Washington.

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. Andy Billig (D),
    Sen. Andy Billig (D)

    Sen. Andy Billig (D)

  • Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D),
    Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D)

    Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D)

  • Representative Timm Ormsby (D),
    Representative Timm Ormsby (D)

    Representative Timm Ormsby (D)