Center for New Washington


The Center for a New Washington extends the academic resources of Heritage University out into the larger community in order to improve quality of life.

Through research projects, visiting speakers, forums, and seminars, the Center focuses on challenges related to economic development, Pre-K through 12 education, health care, energy and the environment, effective government, and families. As the name indicates, while valuing the heritage of the region’s diverse populations, the Center emphasizes the future. It is a place where creative practitioners and researchers meet to explore innovative and practical solutions to challenges faced by our state and region. As the University helps build brighter futures for its students, the Center helps build the brightest possible future for residents of the region.

The premise of the Center is that Washington can develop an economic and social vision and strategy that builds on all of its human and natural resources. In order to develop its programs, the Center draws on partnerships with other colleges and universities, with business, and with civic organizations. Work of the Center is also directly tied to the academic programs of Heritage University and to the education of its students.

Among the Center’s programs is “Imagine the Future,” a series of roundtable forums conducted both in the City of Yakima and on the Toppenish campus.  Visiting experts, either with cutting-edge ideas or successful leadership experiences relevant to the future of the region, will lead the forums.  In addition the Center will host seminars aimed at increasing effectual collaboration among our diverse communities. 

In addition the Center partners with the Women2Women initiative to engage women in the community in the success of our women students by removing barriers to a fulfilling Heritage University experience.