Very rarely do we hear of new universities popping up, especially in Washington. After all, we have UW, WSU, WWU and many more. But it looks like a brand new university will be opening in the Seattle metro area in fall 2023. Wright University is female-founded with a goal of creating racial and social justice in higher education and you’re going to want to learn more about it.

The new four year university is catered towards minorities with underrepresented backgrounds, women, LGBTQ and disabled students. Wright University aims create “access to education across demographics within the framework of a historically aware, anti-xenophobic, curriculum” with a goal of producing “compassionate leaders who can create positive social change for a just society”.

In order to make this a reality, students will be able to take courses in 29 different disciplines with undergraduate, dual-enrollment and graduate degree programs available.

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The university was founded in 2020 by Caitlin Carter, Ph.D., and Maren Rosenbach, MSL during the pandemic, fight for civil rights, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the long struggle for more accessible forms of higher learning. They recognized that a school like Wright University is sorely needed not only in Washington but nationwide. It’s a school where students will see themselves reflected in their education, be safe and supported.

Now with the formation of a new university comes many steps. Wright University is still working on its funding, accreditation, land and building acquisition, and more. Additionally, the university will need to gather staff as well as a student body. But if its finalization is successful, it could very well prove to be a new model for universities going forward thanks to its focused and purpose-driven mission.

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