UW Information Technology

Our Culture

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Our culture at UW-IT is defined by collaboration, innovation and service to our entire University. We work together and with countless others throughout the UW to advance important work—whether that’s world-class research, advancing the teaching and learning experience or streamlining business processes. The work constantly changes but collaboration is always in our blood.

What else defines us?

  • We start with clear organizational goals: IT that matters, any time, any place, any device. We serve a University with more than 35,000 staff and 45,000 students across several campuses and medical centers. Our reach is international, helping the UW conduct its work throughout the world.
  • A diverse workforce to make it happen: We are nearly 500 strong, and from all walks of life. Millennials. Baby boomers. Generation Xers. And each year, a new batch of UW students work and learn with us. The glue that holds us together is respect and support for one another.
  • Life/work balance to keep us engaged: As a service-oriented organization, we work hard at UW-IT. But we are not afraid to take a breather. In fact, we encourage it. We want happy and rested work partners because that’s how we get engaged, committed colleagues.
  • Learning, always learning: We seek an environment where our colleagues are encouraged to innovate. We offer opportunities to look at our work in new ways, including a quarterly Leap Forward Day, where we have the time to explore and take risks that can help us transform the way we work and contribute to our great University.

Not yet convinced?

Here’s what Kelli, our Vice President and Chief Information Officer, wrote in her blog recently about the work we do on what turned out to be a great day for UW-IT:

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Kelli Trosvig, Vice President for UW-IT, Chief Information Officer

As I was dri­ving home last night after a very long day, I was think­ing about the impact that so many in our orga­ni­za­tion have on the UW and its suc­cess.  Whether it’s sup­port­ing research, stu­dent finan­cial aid or stu­dent out­comes, deliv­er­ing bet­ter data for deci­sion mak­ing and report­ing, improv­ing class­rooms, strength­en­ing Uni­ver­sity and UW-IT col­lab­o­ra­tion and oper­a­tions, or pro­vid­ing a bet­ter cam­pus experience—UW-IT is con­tribut­ing to the broader suc­cess of the UW in mean­ing­ful ways.My day began with a pre­sen­ta­tion to the Board of Regents high­light­ing UW-IT’s Lead­er­ship Devel­op­ment Pro­gram (LDP).  Grad­u­ates from Cohort 4, includ­ing Jenni Laugh­lin from UW-IT’s Infor­ma­tion Man­age­ment divi­sion, Roland Lai from the Depart­ment of Surgery, and Joe Shel­ley from  UW Both­ell, pre­sented on how par­tic­i­pat­ing in the LDP pro­gram helped them be more effec­tive in their cur­rent roles and enhanced their abil­ity to col­lab­o­rate with UW-IT and with part­ners across the UW.

The day ended with Chance Reschke receiv­ing the David Tho­rud Lead­er­ship Award, which rec­og­nizes one fac­ulty mem­ber and one staff mem­ber who have demon­strated excep­tional abil­i­ties to lead, serve, inspire and col­lab­o­rate with broad impact. Chance was awarded this pres­ti­gious award for his efforts in build­ing a thriv­ing research com­put­ing com­mu­nity on cam­pus. That event was fol­lowed by a din­ner with the other Uni­ver­sity award win­ners and their VPs and Deans.  For Chance, Jenni, Roland, and Joe, lead­er­ship is a “verb” that exem­pli­fies the work of so many in IT roles across the Uni­ver­sity—help­ing our cam­pus part­ners find solu­tions to prob­lems, big and small, in cre­ative, col­lab­o­ra­tive and inno­v­a­tive ways.

In between those events I stopped by the “UW-IT Bowl­ing Break,” where we filled the HUB games area to capac­ity, dou­bling the num­ber of UW-IT staff attend­ing from last year. Thanks to all of you who turned out, and to the UW-IT Orga­ni­za­tional Devel­op­ment Team for coor­di­nat­ing such a fun event. Even lead­er­ship needs a break now and then.