About EXPD

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

about_expdThe University of Washington’s Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD) is home to thirteen programs, each of which connects UW undergraduates to expand and enrich their learning through participation in undergraduate research, engagement in community through service learning, volunteering, or leadership, and through scholarship opportunities that support undergraduate work, planning, and applications for post-baccalaureate study and fellowships.

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:

  • Community Engaged Courses:
facilitating service-learning courses and community based leadership
  • Community Engagement and Leadership Education Fellowships:
deepening commitment to community engagement and leadership through fellowships with public organizations
  • Dream Project:
connecting UW students with local middle and high school students to support post-secondary planning and college access
  • Early Identification program:
making advanced educational opportunities available
  • Global Opportunities:
providing financial support to students for study abroad
  • Husky Leadership Initiative:
promoting leadership development at UW, both inside and outside the classroom
  • Jumpstart:
pairing UW students with low-income Seattle preschool children to build skills for school success
  • Mary Gates Endowment for Students:
providing scholarships to support student engagement in research and leadership
  • Riverways Education Partnership:
providing opportunities to tutor and mentor K-12 students locally and regionally
  • Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, & Awards:
impacts the academic experience of students by connecting them with transformative opportunities and resources
  • Ronald E McNair Program:
preparing first-generation low-income and or underrepresented students for doctoral study leading to career in academic
  • Undergraduate Community Based Internships:
providing paid internship experience in local nonprofit and public sector organizations
  • Office of Undergraduate Research:
connecting students to research opportunities, training, funding, and support in all disciplines