Our Story and Values

Students first. That’s the underlying philosophy behind everything that we do. Student Life provides a wide range of non-academic services, support resources, and opportunities for UW students, and we do it all with a commitment to the development of our students and the UW community. From our Veteran’s Center to our community policing efforts and beyond, we are proud to put students first.

As a central network for services and support, our main goal is to advance student learning through Access, Diversity, Engagement and Care. Our units focus on providing direct services and support to students, their families and the community. Whether they know it or not, students come in contact with our offices and staff multiple times a day when they eat in the dining facilities, work out at the IMA, register for classes, or attend an evening campus event.

The Four Pillars of Student Life define our commitment to students and their families, the UW staff and faculty and our community at large.

UW Student Life is committed to:


We make the UW accessible by working to remove barriers and creating opportunities which allow students to take advantage of all the UW has to offer.


We actively promote diversity and create inclusive environments where individual identities, experiences and perspectives are honored and developed.


Student Life produces environments and experiences that result in students’ personal growth, social connection and strong investment in campus life and the UW.


We provide programming, services and outreach that are proactive, educational and responsive to students’ well-being and success.

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