Support the Department of Communication

Your gift will provide resources to develop and create programs that are not covered by state funding. More than ever, the Department of Communication is committed to providing a transformative education. We push students to take on challenges, reach beyond themselves, and see the world in new ways. Together, with the support of our loyal donors, we are expanding our impact – everywhere.

Giving to the Department of Communication is easy. You can give online, over the phone, or by mail.  If you have any questions about giving, contact us.

Featured Funds

The Endowment for Leadership in Communication will fund intense, immersive opportunities for leadership development among UW Department of Communication students. These go above and beyond typical student experiences, which pair firsthand, in-depth learning opportunities for students with tailored mentorship by faculty and staff. These purposeful, relationship-building moments are often ones that students remember, find most valuable, and use as catalysts toward previously unimagined creativity and learning. Support this fund >>

The Thomas M. Scheidel Annual Faculty Lecture Fund was formed in honor of Professor Scheidel, who chaired the Department of Speech Communication for twelve years, and served as Associate Dean of Humanities for the College of Arts and Sciences. It supports an annual lecture by a prominent scholar in the field, as well as events connected with the lecture. Support this fund >>

The J. Daniel McConnell Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship in Communication provides support to undergraduate students in the Department of Communication in honor of Dan McConnell, a highly regarded instructor in the UW Professional & Continuing Education program. The fund honors McConnell’s lifelong dedication to communications, public relations and community service. Support this fund >>

The Center for Communication, Difference & Equity Fund supports the center’s vision to become a world-class center of research and to create student leaders who understand, value, and embrace difference. The fund supports bringing together faculty, staff, and students to work with leading scholars, organizations in the local community and broader region, and civic leaders to fulfill its vision and mission. Support this fund >>

The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement Discretionary Fund provides unrestricted support for ongoing work such as our Becoming Citizens Internships for students, and our ever popular Citizen Roundtable series. Center Director Lance Bennett disburses these funds throughout the Center to meet emerging needs and opportunities as they arise. Support this fund >>

The Christopher Rauch Meyer Endowed Fund provides students with transformative learning opportunities. This endowment is named in memory and honor of Christopher Meyer, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 from the University of Washington with majors in Communication and Psychology, and his legacy of seizing opportunities, taking chances, and pursuing dreams. The UW Department of Communication has a robust career exploration program that moves students beyond the classroom and into communities of alumni and friends, who serve as mentors for their career pursuits. This endowment carries forward Christopher’s legacy by supporting such mentoring and providing a range of students with opportunities to travel to and meet with professional communication leaders. Click here for the full fund description. Support this fund >>

The Communications Discretionary Fund provides unrestricted support for the Department of Communication within the College of Arts and Sciences. Gifts to this fund are used at the discretion of the Chair and are directed where they are needed most. Some examples of support include: study abroad experiences in Europe and elsewhere; career exploration trips to New York, California and around the Seattle area; cross-cultural interactions with marginalized groups; and engagement of underrepresented minority students in academic, career and networking opportunities. Support this fund >>

The Crowell Graduate Student Fund was started over twenty years ago to honor Professor Emerita Laura Crowell. Graduate students in the Department of Communication use it exclusively to support research. In particular, the fund supports graduate student travel to conferences to present papers that have been accepted, as well as research activities such as coding, transcription, and duplication of surveys and other materials used by students in their research projects. Support this fund >>

The Philipsen Forum Debate Fund will provide support for student engagement in debate at the UW Department of Communication. It supports equipment purchases, guest speakers, and travel to competitions. The UW Debate Union honors Emeritus Professor Gerry Philipsen’s dedication to debate as an educational and knowledge-building tool. The Philipsen Debate Forum is an annual event featuring students engaging in public debates over major public issues. Read more hereSupport this fund >>

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