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Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity Facts


The Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD) extends the UW undergraduate experience beyond the classroom.

EXPD develops reciprocal partnerships with students, communities, mentors, and faculty, in order to help students take academic risks, actively engage in their own learning, explore the world and their place in it, and develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their goals.

EXPD programs include:

  • Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center: facilitating service-learning and community leadership
  • Early Identification program: making advanced educational opportunities available
  • Global Opportunities:  advising and support for students interested in study abroad
  • Jumpstart: pairing UW students with low-income Seattle preschool children to build skills for school success
  • Mary Gates Endowment for Students: supporting engagement in research and leadership
  • Pipeline Project: providing opportunities to tutor and mentor K-12 students locally and regionally
  • Undergraduate Research Program: developing and extending research opportunities in all disciplines
  • Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, & Awards: impacting students through scholarship opportunities and resources
  • Ronald E McNair Program: preparing low-income and first-generation or underrepresented students for doctoral study and whose goals are to teach and research at the college level

In 2006-07, EXPD served 14,545 students through individualized advising, workshops, courses, internships, scholarships, and service and research opportunities. During that same time, the UW reported 4,468 student-quarters of intensive research and 4,788 student-quarters of undergraduate participation in service, an increase of 5% over the previous year.

Leadership and service

The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center, the Pipeline Project, and Jumpstart helped over 3,700 students deepen their learning through community engagement, including service-learning courses and seminars, days of service, and AmeriCorps programs. UW students engaged with both local and rural Washington communities through their work with schools and programs serving P-12 youth.


The Undergraduate Research Program provided advising and resources to over 2000 students to extend their learning through participation in research and creative work. The 10th annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium featured creative and scholarly work of 630 undergraduates, supported by 475 faculty mentors.

NationaL schoLarships

  • 3 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars plus 1 Honorable Mention
  • 1 Harry S. Truman Leadership Scholar
  • 1 Knowles Teaching Fellow
  • 4 Institute for International Public Policy Fellows
  • 1 Merage Fellow for the American Dream
  • 1 Morris K. Udall Scholar
  • 1 Samuel Huntington Public Service Fellow

FinanciaL support

EXPD provided financial support and guidance to 702 students to extend their education including:

  • 325 Mary Gates research, leadership, & venture scholarships
  • 133 Students in Service
  • 8 Carlson Civic Fellows
  • 8 Munro Public Service Fellows
  • 1 Carlson Student Leadership Award recipient
  • 33 Martin Family Foundation scholars
  • 8 Washington Research Foundation Fellows
  • 8 Levinson Emerging Scholars
  • 35 Research Conference Travel awardees
  • 26 Amgen Scholars


EXP programs collaborate with more than 50 departments in 11 schools and colleges as well as campus-wide units including the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, Student Life, the UW Libraries, and other units within Undergraduate Academic Affairs.


EXP partners with over 225 nonprofit and public organizations to meet community-identified needs, creating benefits for students and the community through reciprocal relationships.

Higher education

  • The Evergreen State College
  • Heritage University
  • North Seattle Community College
  • Seattle University
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Washington State University
  • Western Washington University

P-12 schooL districts

  • Brewster
  • Bridgeport
  • Curlew
  • Federal
  • WayForksHarrah
  • Neah Bay
  • Quileute Tribal Schools
  • Renton
  • Seattle
  • Tonasket
  • Toppenish


  • Denise Louie Education Centers in Beacon Hill and the International District
  • First AME Child & Family Centers at the Cecilia Williams Bryant Center, the Seattle Vocational Institute Center, and the Dorothy Hollingsworth Center
  • United Indians of All Tribes Foundation Head Start

New and continuing support

EXPD programs enjoyed significant support from continuing gifts and endowed funds ($1,253,724) and new commitments representing a combination of grants, gifts, and endowed funds ($3,291,200) from the following sources:

  • Amgen Foundation
  • James Ellis in honor of his brother Robert Lee Ellis
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Fordham Street Foundation
  • Henry M. Jackson Foundation
  • Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc
  • Art and Rita Levinson
  • The Martin Family Foundation
  • Mary Gates Endowment for Students
  • The Estate of E.H. Mildred
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Safeco Insurance
  • The Seattle Foundation
  • United Way of King County
  • University Bookstore
  • UW Alumni Association
  • UW College of Education
  • UW Graduate School
  • UW Office of Research
  • UW Simpson Center for the Humanities
  • UW Student Activities and Union Facilities
  • Washington Research
  • Foundation
  • John Arthur West
  • YMCA