UW Impact

September 19, 2022

UW Impact Fall Events 2022

As students prepare to return to their classes at UW, we’ve gathered readings, events, and programs to keep you connected and involved. See what’s happening: Join Looking for ways to learn more about our democracy and meet other members of the UW alumni community?  Attend one of UW Impact’s in-person or virtual events: Thursday, October 6: The Trickier Side of

September 15, 2022

UW Impact Candidate Survey 2022

UW Impact conducts a non-partisan candidate survey prior to every Washington State legislative election in order to provide alums and UWAA members with information on the candidates who champion the value of public higher education. Please see below for your candidate’s answers to UW Impact’s 2022 higher education questionnaire. You may search by candidate name or legislative district. Don’t see

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

December 30, 2020

Governor’s 2021-23 budget proposal generous for higher ed

In mid-December, Governor Inslee released his 2021-23 budget proposal. The Governor’s budget was more generous to higher education than expected, despite lower revenue collections due to COVID-19. Inslee’s proposal is equity-focused, with an emphasis on the expansion of job skills training and job creation, both of which require new higher ed investment and protection of current investments. As UW Impact

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