Legislative District 5

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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  • 7,734 alumni

  • 105 Husky Promise students

  • 1,185 UW students

  • 505 UW faculty and staff


After graduating from the University of Washington, Shanda Taylor Boyd served in the U.S. Army as a nurse for 23 years. A traumatic brain injury survivor, she now serves as a national spokeswoman for groups advocating for veterans like Camp4Heroes and Villagers for Veterans. "I learned how powerful it is to think positive thoughts."
Shanda Taylor BoydUW ’94; University of Washington Magazine feature

Attorney and UW Law graduate Matthew Wurdeman has advocated pro bono for those seeking asylum in the United States. “I couldn’t even begin to imagine what asylum-seekers have been through, and I have such a massive amount of admiration for the sacrifices they make to stay alive and keep their families safe.”
Matthew Wurdeman (right)UW School of Law '15; Law School feature
"A child of Latin American immigrants, I overcame the barriers first-generation, low-income students face. I honed my leadership skills at UW by shifting educational environments toward those which are more equitable and which create brave spaces for people to share their truths. I am continuing my education to become a nurse practitioner and will use what I have developed to aid in community health, give culturally-competent care, and incorporate movement into therapy via circus arts and dance."
Tania Nambo-EscobarAmerican Ethnic Studies and Dance Diversity; 2021 Husky 100 member

"My Husky experience inspired me to step outside of my comfort zone and look for new narratives instead of reinforcing old stereotypes, tell stories that advocate for people who are often overlooked, and stand for diverse and equitable workplaces. The Communication Leadership program made me think deeply about my own personal values, and learn to see myself as a fearless, empathetic and optimistic leader. I will continue to work towards bringing positive change in our communities."
Ekta DokaniaMaster of Communication in Digital Media: Content Strategy & UX and Marketing & Analytics; 2021 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 2021.

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.

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 Mark Mullet (D),
    Senator Mark Mullet (D)

    Senator Mark Mullet (D)

  • Representative Bill Ramos (D),
    Representative Bill Ramos (D)

    Representative Bill Ramos (D)

  • Representative Lisa Callan (D),
    Representative Lisa Callan (D)

    Representative Lisa Callan (D)