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Alumni take to the hill – lending a collective voice for higher education

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On Thursday, February 23rd, eighteen intrepid alumni representing Washington State University, University of Washington, Western Washington University, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, and the Evergreen State College gathered in Olympia. The charge? Joining together in three teams of six members – one from each institution – to meet with legislators as citizens lobbyists. The message was simple, yet vitally important. The teams asked for ongoing support for higher education and continued re-investment to keep our state public baccalaureate institutions affordable, accessible and providing quality education and experiences for our students. The results? A well-prepared workforce ready to fill the jobs, volunteer in communities, raise families, and make Washington a great place to live and thrive.

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WSU Impact was proud to work with three young alumni who volunteered their time to meet with the other alumni from UW, WWU, CWU, EWU, and the Evergreen State College. We first want to thank UW Impact for their amazing commitment to its members and beyond, and their efforts in organizing and playing host for the other institutions. They were immensely gracious and efficient in shuttling the three teams back and forth from the Capitol Campus to the gathering spot in Olympia. Thank you to our friends and colleagues at all of the institutions – incredible what we can do together.

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Sarah Taylor (far left, just below white board) and Brady Prim (head of table in white shirt and blue tie), engage in post meetings with other alumni.

The teams all reported good meetings, with excellent give and take between the team members and the legislators who took time out of a busy week to meet with the citizen lobbyists. WSU’s teams include Javin Bakke, Class of ’09, Brady Prim, Class of ‘o9, and recent grad, Sarah Taylor, Class of ’16. They shared their own experiences when tuition rose sharply due to reduction in state funding support. They also joined with the other alumni representatives in asking for continued reinvestment in higher education by the legislature. WSU’s three young alumni were particularly good voices to share how important it is to students and families to keep tuition affordable, keep the quality of education high, and recognize the value to the state’s economy in having well-education, highly trained graduates.

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WSU alumnus Javin Bakke looks mighty fine in the Legislative Building holding a sign that says it all. Photo credit to UW Impact

 

 

Bottomline, all of the alumni shared that it was higher
education that helped propel each into the lives, careers, and jobs that have helped to support families, friends, and the communities where they live. To learn more about how you can lend your voice, please use the tools and resources at WSU Impact, on your personal home page. Please check out the most current issues and use the digital assets, all personalized for you, to send a message to your three legislators in one, easy click.

 

 

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