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UW Tacoma was borne of an engaged community, which continues to inform our orientation today. We recognize that the most successful UW Tacoma community partnerships are transformative and result in each partner achieving more together then they can alone. Within our strategic plan, we acknowledge that partnerships flourish when they are supported with infrastructure including organizational processes, communication channels, staffing, and funding. 

Community Engagement Stories

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification 2020

The Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning that it is based on voluntary participation. The classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions. UW Tacoma, UW Bothell, and UW Seattle are applying separately for the classification as required by the Foundation’s process. Application are due in April 2019.

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Our Vision:
The University of Washington Tacoma fosters a thriving and equitable society by educating diverse learners and expanding knowledge through partnership and collaboration with all our communities.

Our Mission:
As an urban-serving university, the University of Washington Tacoma is dedicated to expanding access to higher education in an environment where every student has the opportunity to succeed; fostering scholarship, research and creativity to address the challenging problems of our time and place; partnering and collaborating with our community partners for common good; and catalyzing the economic and social vitality of our region.

Communities is one of six impact goals within the University’s strategic plan Charting our Course. UW Tacoma was borne of an engaged community, which continues to inform our orientation today. We recognize that the most successful UW Tacoma community partnerships are transformative and result in each partner achieving more together then they can alone. Within Charting our Course, we acknowledge that partnerships flourish when they are supported with infrastructure including organizational processes, communication channels, staffing, and funding.