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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Convocation is a traditional event to welcome students to university life.


South Sound Technology Conference
Friday, March 6, 2020

The South Sound Technology Conference provides a forum that increases the awareness of technology’s impact on our personal and professional lives, and the role it can play in the development of our South Sound economy through technology.


Past Events

Summer Soiree
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Progressive dinner on the Prairie Line Trail with prix fixe menu by a local restaurateur.

Net proceeds benefit Student Emergency Aid


Paint the Park Purple
Friday, August 2, 2019

If you bleed purple and gold, you won’t want to miss the party at Paint the Park Purple. Cheney Stadium will be transformed with special Husky purple uniforms, t-shirt giveaways, a visit from Hendrix the Husky and more.

Stadium Seat Tickets on sale now.  

Urban Studies Forum: Learning from other Cities
Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Urban Studies forum will bring the leadership, planners and researchers from other cities to present their policies and practices. The cities that will be represented will be announced soon. These topics connect with planning and policy issues in the South Puget Sound and will be of interest to our leadership as well as community members.

2019 MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast
Monday, January 21, 2019

The annual MLK Unity Breakfast recognizes and celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and his historic civic leadership that inspired a nation to strive for equality.


2018 Debra Friedman Memorial Lecture
The Earth, The City and the Hidden Narrative of Race
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Featured speaker: Carl C. Anthony Co-Founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project, and Visiting Professor at The Center for Regional Change, UC Davis


Urban Studies Forum: Creating Youth-Friendly Cities
Thursday, February 15, 2018

For 2018, the annual Urban Studies Forum explores urban livability through the perspective of children and youth.  Urban areas that support the safety and success of children and youth are attractive to all, and provide for our future.

In addition to their centrality for our future, youth comprise a significant population.  Nearly 20% of Pierce County residents are aged 15 or younger.  Every aspect of urban sustainability and livability directly affects our children and youth:   neighborhood safety, education opportunities, recreational spaces, healthcare, healthy food, and affordable housing shape our children’s lives and futures.  Not surprisingly, these characteristics draw and keep families in our cities and towns.

The Forum will begin with a panel of youth, setting the stage with their experiences and hopes.  A panel of local youth-service leaders will follow, and finally we’ll hear from a scholar of urban spaces for children.

Cyber Resiliency
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cyber Resiliency is as much about reducing risk in a proactive sense as it is about developing the organizational skills and capabilities to respond to unexpected events after they have occurred. The first dimension of cyber resiliency speaks to how through technologies, policies and practices, an organization can predict and prevent cyber attacks and incidents before damage is done.  The second dimension of cyber resiliency manifests most obviously after an attack has occurred and refers to organization’s ability to cope, respond and bounce back. Building the organizational skills, culture and values that enable individuals to work together in crisis situations is inherently a management task, rather than a technical one.

2017 Debra Friedman Memorial Lecture
People Place Power: Advancing Racial and Economic Equity in Changing Communities
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Featuring Judith Bell, Vice President, The San Francisco Foundation. As communities face economic and demographic changes — and new forms of work and education, and policies that don’t always consider all of us — they seek positive reforms and to understand the impact of advancing equity and greater inclusion. What successes and struggles can we learn from? How are communities addressing new levels of prosperity that are widening inequality and impeding upward mobility? 

Paulsen Lecture
Wednesday, May 3, 2017    

The Arthur R. and Anna Mae Paulsen Endowed Visiting Chair in Public Affairs is a lecture series designed to bring provocative, nationally known speakers to the UW Tacoma campus.