We are proud to call Spokane’s University District our neighborhood. It’s an area that is ripe for growth and innovation. It features six universities and colleges, private businesses, startups and recreation.
And it’s not done growing just yet.
Here are some latest developments that we are excited about:
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers visited our campus today for a handful of meetings.
First, she met with the leaders of our area universities to discuss higher education issues at the federal level, pictured above with Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh, Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan, Whitworth Chief of Staff Rhosetta Rhodes and WSU President Elson Floyd. Not pictured: Community Colleges of Spokane Chancellor Christine Johnson, who was also at the meeting.
She then made an appearance at a free tax filing seminar held on our campus through the IRS and the Computer and Communications Industry Association.
She wrapped up her visit by joining Chancellor Lisa Brown and saw the demolition work happening in the Pierone warehouse, which is where the University District Health Clinic will sit next spring.
If not for the greater Spokane community, our campus wouldn’t sit along the beautiful Spokane River.
Our campus wouldn’t be able to grow like it has over the past 25 years. Without the Spokane community and the many partnerships it has offered, our pursuit of a medical school here would hit a brick wall.
Studies show those in lower income environments are more prone to poor health because they don’t have access to the care they need. They also may lack access to the legal services that may be needed.
Law students and medical residents will use teamwork to pinpoint those that need health and legal services and address them.
Teamwork produces great results. There’s no need for us or Gonzaga to build a wall on our sides of the Spokane River. It’s better for the community for us to build bridges and become a team. This is exactly what we’re doing with this new medical-legal partnership