Evans School News

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Evans School Name Change

Background The University of Washington Board of Regents has approved the request that the Evans School of Public Affairs be renamed the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. The new name will be in effective July 1, 2015.

Why have we changed the name? The term “public affairs” has become outdated and misleading, and is frequently confused with the widely understood but unrelated practice of public relations. The Evans School offers a broad, multidisciplinary curriculum of courses designed to train our students to be well-educated, strategic, and highly-...

Parrington Hall University Regents Approve New Name for the Evans School

The Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington has a new name following approval by the university’s Board of Regents during a meeting today. Effective July 1, the university’s largest graduate degree program will be known as the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

“The Regents’ action is welcomed and an exciting development in our program’s history,” said Sandra O. Archibald, dean and professor. “The new name recognizes our intellectual and practical contributions to public policy design,...

Day of Champions: GiveBig 2015

Every year, The Seattle Foundation inspires people to give generously to Puget Sound nonprofits by an annual one-day, online charitable giving event - GiveBig. This year’s theme, “Day of Champions,” emphasizes the important work that these nonprofits are doing for local communities. At the Evans School, we want to celebrate the great work that occurs in local nonprofits. The Evans School’s nonprofit management program is ranked 3rd in the nation, and we are proud of all the amazing graduates...

Evans School Students, Alum Elected to Campus Leadership Ranks

The UW Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) election results for the 2015-2016 have been announced and, continuing the tradition of MPA student leadership on GPSS, the Evans School will be strongly represented. Alex Bolton (MPA ’05) and current student at UW School of Law) has been elected the GPSS President. In officer roles, Brian Taubeneck (MPA ’16) has been elected external vice president and Kerstin Hudon (MPA ’16) has been elected treasurer.

Welcome New Faculty

The Evans School is thrilled to announce the appointments of two new faculty members. Scott Fritzen will be joining our faculty in September as an associate professor. Formerly at NYU Shanghai, Fritzen’s research interests include public sector reforms in developing countries, anti-corruption policymaking, and global public policy as an emerging field.

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Alumni Sally Clark, Abel Pacheco Hired for Key UW Jobs

Advisory Board member Sally Clark (MPA ’04) joins the UW as director of regional and community relations office, which works to build collaborative relationships between these groups through information sharing, and looks for new opportunities to match the UW’s academic capital with needs in the region and community. She will lead the UW’s effort to link with surrounding neighborhoods, civic groups, and local government. She will visit...

Deep Dive Capstone Projects: Innovative Problem Solving

In January, Professor Mark Long issued a challenge to fourteen students in his deep dive capstone course: make a policy recommendation to reduce Seattle’s public educational achievement and attainment gap—in ten weeks.

Under Professor Long’s guidance, students reviewed relevant literature, conducted interviews with key education and policy stakeholders, and brainstormed solutions. The group narrowed their initial fifty ideas down to five key policies that could potentially alleviate educational...

MPA Student Pushes for Change through Legislation

The suicide attempt of a friend prompted Lauren Davis (MPA ’16) to advocate for legislation to help those with mental illness and drug addiction in Washington state.

Under current Washington State Law, if someone is suicidal, homicidal, or gravely disabled due to mental illness, they can be committed involuntarily to lifesaving psychiatric treatment. But there is no such process for someone who is suicidal, homicidal, or gravely disabled due to chemical dependency.

Davis, who serves on the King County Mental Health Advisory Board and the King County Alcoholism and...

Jacob Vigdor Evans School Researchers on Seattle Minimum Wage Increase: What Public Policy is All About

Daniel J. Evans Professor Jacob Vigdor is principal investigator of a project to research the implications of implementing a law raising the citywide minimum wage, commissioned by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council. The project is a multi-faceted evaluation of the policy’s effects on workers, employers, and the local economy as the increased minimum wages are implemented. The project is funded by a contract with the City of Seattle and by grants from multiple foundations concerned with low-wage work...

UW Takes Top Spot for Peace Corps Volunteers

The UW reclaims its top spot in number of Peace Corps volunteers among large schools nationwide, according to an announcement issued by the Peace Corps this week—the second time in three years that the UW has placed in first place. The UW has produced a total of nearly 3,000 Peace Corps volunteers, making it the third highest producer of volunteers.

The Evans School contributes to this success through our long-standing partnership with the Peace Corps and our graduate-level...