August 5, 2022

Welcome Chris Olsen-Phillips (He/Him), Associate Director of UW IMPACT! 

We are excited to announce the hire of Chris Olsen-Phillips as the new Associate Director of UW IMPACT.  Chris is deeply committed to civic engagement and legislative advocacy on behalf of higher education in the state of Washington.  Prior to accepting the Associate Director position, Chris served as the Assistant Director of the University of Washington Master’s in Education Policy

July 29, 2022

Were You Redistricted?

Who will represent YOU in 2022? With some current lawmakers stepping down, retirements, and the general turnover of elections, the Washington State Legislature could see 20-25% fresh faces in 2022. In addition, if you were redistricted in February, your state lawmakers may already be new…to you. Redistricting How do you find out if you were redistricted? Some of us found

June 14, 2022

Congratulations, Class of 2022!

You did it! On this momentous occasion, reflect for a moment on your enormous achievement. What helped you get here? And…what would have helped you get here, had it been available? More financial aid? Help paying for books or other college expenses? Expanded slots in a desired program? More classes with world-class faculty? Access to alumni in your field of

March 17, 2022

UW Impact Seeks Associate Director

Program: UW Impact, UW Alumni Association FTE: 1.0 Supervised by: Senior Director of UW Impact     Location: Washington Commons at the UW Tower/Hybrid up to 2 days per week. Updated: Mar 2022 Position Purpose  The UW Alumni Association (UWAA) seeks an associate director for UW Impact, the legislative advocacy program of the independent, non-profit UWAA. UW Impact mobilizes UW

March 11, 2022

Thanks, Huskies! 2022 Legislative Session Recap

We have come to the end of the state legislative session, and the news is good: Our Legislature made significant investments in the UW and higher education.  Advocates like YOU helped secure the following outcomes: Access and Affordability: The Legislature invested in an expansion of the Washington College Grant, which will allow qualifying students to receive bridge grants for non-tuition expenses

February 15, 2022

Alumni Advocacy Days | Feb 16, 17, 18

Time to mobilize, Huskies! We’re emailing our lawmakers this week, and this legislative session is chock full of budgetary requests and bills that address the higher education priorities YOU identified in our October 2021 survey: access and affordability, maintaining the UW’s quality and excellence, and expansion of high-demand degree programs. Here is the elevator speech version: We are supporting programs

January 24, 2022

8th Annual Legislative Preview: Watch Now

On Jan. 6, 2022, leaders in private and public higher education and state government gathered online for the 8th annual UW Impact Legislative Preview. The event, titled Restoring Public Trust in Higher Education, discussed what can be done to restore public confidence in our colleges and universities. Brian Flahaven from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education opened the conversation

January 6, 2022

2022 Legislative Priorities

Happy New Year, Huskies! The legislative session starts on January 10, 2022, and UW Impact is ready. We surveyed our alumni again in late 2021 to discern which higher education issues they cared about most. The answers were both clear and familiar: alums care about access and affordability, maintaining quality and excellence, and expanding high-demand degree opportunities. One of the

January 5, 2022

2022 UW Impact Legislative Preview

Join us for the 8th annual Legislative Preview, taking place virtually on January 6, 2022. The topic? Restoring Public Trust in Higher Education. We have university presidents! We have lawmakers! Best of all, we have nearly 80 of your questions, which have helped us shape the program. Learn more and register here.

October 15, 2021

Summer Book Club Selection Leads to Judicial System Refresher

UW Impact, along with the UW Alumni Association and UW Bookstore, continued our summer book club program partnership in 2021. This program began four years ago as a way to bring together UW alums from different political and philosophical backgrounds to read common books. We hoped to challenge one’s thinking, encourage civic dialogue, civic engagement and reflect statewide perspectives.  This

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