Student Interest Groups (SIGs) are a vital part of the Evans School community, and initiate social and academic events for their fellow Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management students. Past events of Student Interest Groups included:

  • Weekend skiing trips to Canada, the Olympic Peninsula, and Snoqualmie Pass
  • Gatherings and getaway dinners at Seattle bars and restaurants
  • Panel discussions with political and economic leaders
  • Sporting events and outings
  • Annual talent shows, year-end boat cruises, and orientation barbecues

Our Student Interest Groups include:

The Evans School Student Organization (ESO)

The Evans School Student Organization (ESO) serves as the liaison between the Evans School student body and the faculty and administration. ESO places students on most faculty committees and plays a key role in developing curriculum, hiring faculty members, shaping academic policies, evaluating courses and professors, and setting degree requirements. 

Evans Committee to Address Homelessness

New in 2019-20!

Evans Network of Womxn (NOW)

The mission of Evans NOW is to create community for womxn and those who do not identify within the gender binary and develop a network of leaders and mentors within the field of public policy and service. 

Evans-People of Color (E-POC)

Evans People of Color aims to center the voice of students of color in the Evans School in order to create a more equitable environment.

Evans School International Students Association (EISA)

The Evans International Students Association (EISA) provides community and professional support to the international student community at Evans, creating a space for their voices to be heard, celebrated and shared with wider student community at Evans and UW. 

Graduate Environmental Policy Forum (GreenEvans)

GreenEvans is an active participant in the University of Washington’s environmental community by organizing various academic and social events.

Nonprofit Network (NPN)

The Nonprofit Network (NPN) at the Evans School is an organization for students interested in the nonprofit sector, including those outside of the nonprofit management gateway. 

Partnership for Community & Diversity (PCD)

Partnership for Community & Diversity (PCD) is a group of graduate students committed to promoting diversity and social justice at the Evans School.

Evans School Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA)

Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) is the national honor society for Public Affairs and Administration, a program of the National Association for Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). PAA is dedicated to promoting, encouraging, and recognizing outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration as well as fostering integrity, professionalism, and creative performance in public and nonprofit service.

Out in Public (OiP)

Our mission is to strengthen the LGBTQA community within the Evans School. We strive to promote understanding and networking through social events and educational opportunities.

UW International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Student Chapter

UW ICMA is the student chapter of the International City/County Management Association, which develops individuals to serve as Chief Administrative Officers in a variety of local governments. Through ICMA conferences, webinars, and mentorship opportunities, leaders are guided in becoming effective and ethical leaders in local governments across the world.

University of Washington Opportunities

Two students are also elected every year to represent the Evans School on the University of Washington Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS). There are also a variety of events and organizations for Evans School students to take advantage of through the UW Student Activities Office.

For more information about Student Interest Groups, contact the Student Services office at or 206.543.4900.