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The Western Foundation receives and encourages private giving to WWU in the form of annual gifts, endowed gifts, estate gifts, and gifts in kind, all of which support student scholarships, programs, and faculty members. The Foundation stewards more than $100 million in assets.

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At Western, we believe in the power of change and our ability—individually and collectively—to bring change. We encourage our students, faculty, and alumni to Make Waves, to be bold influencers and difference-makers in the world.

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Dear WWU Community,

Following a nationwide search, I am pleased to announce that Kim O’Neill will join Western Washington University as…

By Frances Badgett 

(Oluchi uses ze, zim, zis gender non-conforming pronouns)

When Ebonezé “Ebon” Oluchi wrote zis letter of…

In the News

Zoe Evans-Agnew

By Frances Badgett

Zoe Evans-Agnew (’21), Outstanding Graduate in Honors and behavioral neuroscience major, came to Western for…

Aliki Valdes

By Frances Badgett

When Aliki Valdes transferred into Western from Whatcom Community…

Anu Singh-Cundy

By Frances Badgett

It almost didn’t happen. Biology professor Dave Hooper was out on a run when he saw a friend, Dr. Greg…

Woody Wheeler (’76) and his wife Lori Cohen

by Frances Badgett

Huxley alumnus Woody Wheeler (’76) and his wife Lori Cohen have dedicated their lives to environmental…

Artist sketch of new campus building


We understand the pressing nature of the technological challenges our society faces.

We are preparing people to face those challenges and to solve the most complex problems of our time.

We are building the future.

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