Carlson Center History
The Edward E. Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center was established in 1992 with the mission of facilitating opportunities for students to engage in their community. The Carlson Center facilitates this engagement through volunteer and internship opportunities which address contemporary issues and problems in ways that extend classroom learning, make meaningful contributions to the community, and promote development of the skills of effective citizens and leaders.
Carlson Center Endowment and Funding
Initial funding for the Carlson Center was provided through an endowment created in 1990 with a $100,000 gift from Edward E. Carlson, a Seattle civic leader, past University of Washington Regent and former CEO of United Airlines and the Westin Hotels. The endowment was supplemented with many gifts after Mr. Carlson's death. Additional funding has come from regional and national sources, including the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE), and central University of Washington funds.
Carlson Center Founding Board
The Carlson Center Founding Board worked to establish the Carlson Center at the University of Washington and members continue to shape its future direction and support its growth. We thank all our Founding Board members:
Jane Carlson Williams (chair),
Eugene Carlson, Courtney Carlson, James Ellis, Daniel Evans, Robert Flowers,
Louis Fox, Akio Hirao, Kim Johnson Bogart, Hubert Locke, Tomio Moriguchi,
Ernest Morris, Jody Nyquist, David Osmer, Nancy Parker, Constance Rice,
David Tang, Jim Treadway, Kate Webster, Andrew Williams, and Jordan Williams
The University of Washington Seattle was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth. The Corporation for National and Community Service bestows the honor.
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.