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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  • 6,723 alumni

  • 188 Husky Promise students

  • 1,144 UW students

  • 675 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
"I am incredibly passionate about social justice and equity, and I feel that UW has given me the chance to pursue these passions further. I am the president of Collegiate Community Transitions at UWB, which is a club that aims to assist formerly incarcerated folx who are new to UWB or Cascadia through community building and by creating a safe space for these individuals to discuss their experiences with the criminal justice system. I am currently studying to take the LSAT this summer, and plan to attend law school after I graduate in the fall (Hopefully UW School of Law!)."
Lexi HansonSociety, Ethics and Human Behavior and Law, Economics, and Public Policy, '21


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

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.


  • Senator Steve Hobbs (D),
    Senator Steve Hobbs (D)

    Senator Steve Hobbs (D)

  • Representative John Lovick (D),
    Representative John Lovick (D)

    Representative John Lovick (D)

  • Representative April Berg (D),
    Representative April Berg (D)

    Representative April Berg (D)


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