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The Department of Architecture has a long tradition of activism and engagement among its student body at an undergraduate and graduate level. The current student groups are the UW Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS-UW), the Student Advisory Council (SAC) and the Professionals Advisory Council (PAC) sponsored group, 47°N. The AIAS is the student-run equivalent of the American Institute of Architects, with 53 local chapters of the organization in existence throughout the country. The Student Advisory Council was formed at the initiative of graduate students in order to provide feedback on student issues to the administration of the Department. The PAC sponsored 47°N has annual lecture, seminar or workshop events that bring students together with professionals from the Seattle architectural community over issues of common interest. All of these student groups play a crucial role in advocating for student issues as well as organizing activities for the student body.