2019 Legislative Preview — College IS for Everyone: Making the Case for Higher Ed

Thurs. Jan. 10, 2019      7–8:30 p.m.

HUB Lyceum

Higher education is the surest path to opportunity. That’s why the UW and Washington’s other public institutions are working hard to help more students get to college, graduate and do great things.

Over the course of the evening, two panel discussions will examine public perception of higher education and its value proposition — both to consumers and to the state of Washington.

The first panel will explore the different paths for attaining a college or post-secondary credential. It will highlight the UW’s recent strides in expanding access to four-year degrees to transfer students.

The second panel will be a conversation with a Democratic and a Republican state lawmaker (to be determined) about the Legislature’s investment in higher education. Attendees will discover potential challenges and opportunities coming from the Legislature this upcoming legislative session.

Cost: Free

For more context on this topic, see the recent Seattle Times op-ed by President Cauce, Jan Yoshiwara and WSU President Kirk Schulz.

Part I (7:00–7:45 p.m.)

Moderator: David Domke, Professor and Chair of the Department of Communications, UW


  • Ana Mari Cauce, President, UW
  • Sheila Edwards-Lange, President, Seattle Central College
  • Johnatan Rivera, UW Student, transfer from Yakima Valley College, currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration
  • Jan Yoshiwara, Washington Student Achievement Council Board Member and Executive Director of Washington’s State Board for Community and Technical Colleges


Part II (7:50–8:30 p.m.)

Moderator: Sarah Reyneveld, Assistant Attorney General and UWAA Board Member


  • State Sen. Marko Liias (D-21)
  • Rep. Drew Stokesbary (R-31)
  • Rep. Vandana Slatter (D-48)