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Milgard UW Tacoma Case Competition, students presenting in 2020

UW Tacoma Campus, Winter 2019


Successful business leaders are often asked to utilize their skills and abilities to better their community through service on a non-profit Board of Directors. Good governance practice is critical to the success of organizations in our community. 

Board Governance is a two-course sequence that introduces students to the important role Board of Directors play in the community. Two students are matched with a non-profit organization where the students serve as apprentice board members. After observing and learning about board practices, the students will complete a project based on the needs of the organization.

What do students gain from this course?

In addition to learning the functions of a non-profit board, students will also gain a greater awareness of the needs of the broader community and challenges of serving them. Students appreciate the access to board members, many of whom are business leaders, who may serve as role models.

  • Practice skills that are vital to your future success
  • Build a personal network of contacts
  • Learn from working with board members
  • Add experience to your resume
  • Learn how different organizations are governed in the local community
  • Make a difference and contribute to our community

What do community partners gain from this course?

The non-profit organizations that partner with this course benefit from access to students as future volunteers, advocates, or permanent board members. The students at UW Tacoma tend to be younger and more diverse than the makeup of many boards and will bring a unique perspective to your organization.

  • UW Tacoma is listed in the Top 50 colleges with the Greatest Racial/Ethnic Diversity (Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac 2019) and is a First-Gen Forward Institution
  • Many students are veterans, first-generation college students, and non-traditional students

In Spring Quarter, the students in this course will also complete a project in conjunction with the needs of the organization. This project is very flexible and has taken many forms in the past. 

Please fill out the Community Partner Interest Form if you are interested in partnering with this course and having students learn from your board.