Legislative District 44

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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  • 8,902 alumni

  • 190 Husky Promise students

  • 1,410 UW students

  • 1077 UW faculty and staff


Melissa Arias is part of the executive team leading Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. Arias helps provide children living with critical illnesses an experience that transforms their lives, strengthens families and brings communities together. “A wish has tangible effects not only on a child’s mental and physical health, but on their family — moms, dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents. And on the greater community that surrounds them.”
Melissa Arias (left)UW ’97, University of Washington Magazine feature
"UW has facilitated my personal growth and advancement toward my career in many ways throughout the last decade. I started my Husky journey at UW Bothell, where I met a handful of mentors who supported me and encouraged me in my pursuit of a career in healthcare. As the first person in my family to pursue a higher education in the United States, I struggled to navigate the collegiate environment and often wondered if I was cut out for medicine. My Husky community nurtured my confidence in myself, helped me find my stride, and reassured me that I belong here. When I returned to the University of Washington for medical school, I found that same sense of community in my peers and educators who continue to help me grow as a physician-in-training. My Husky experience led me to where I am today, a fourth-year medical student applying to Family Medicine residency programs so that I can practice medicine in my community and to pay it forward by uplifting those who need the most support."
Virkamal DhaliwalUW School of Medicine, '23

"The bad news is injustice is everywhere, but the good news is this means I can strive for justice everywhere. As my interests have changed, so have the ways I empower underrepresented communities. I’ve uplifted underserved communities through mentoring, coaching, teaching & coding. I’m excited to continue combining my evolving interests with my steady passion for empowering underrepresented communities."
Wintana EyobB.S.: Informatics; 2022 Husky 100 member


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.

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.  

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.

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. John Lovick (D),
    Sen. John Lovick (D)

    Sen. John Lovick (D)

  • Rep. Brandy Donaghy (D),
    Rep. Brandy Donaghy (D)

    Rep. Brandy Donaghy (D)

  • Rep. April Berg (D),
    Rep. April Berg (D)

    Rep. April Berg (D)