Dear Members of the University of Washington Community:
Yesterday afternoon, many of you joined me at my annual address for a look at how we are working together as a university to address key 21st century challenges. Thank you for attending or watching on UWTV or online.
As I said in my remarks, everything you do here at the UW — whether you are a faculty or staff member or a student — has the potential to make a difference in people’s lives in the Pacific Northwest and around the globe. As a public university, we are committed to addressing the world’s most pressing challenges, as we have done throughout much of our 150-year history.
As we look to the future, I believe we can do even more. And that is what Tomorrow’s University Today, the initiative I introduced yesterday, is all about. The challenges we face in the world are large and complex and require multi-dimensional, integrative solutions. The UW, with our history of collaborative, multidisciplinary research, is poised to deliver them.
Tomorrow’s University Today is an effort to broaden and deepen our impact on societal issues in three key areas:
- Leading change in public higher education
- Turning the UW inside out to apply expertise to K–12 education, environmental sustainability, and health care
- Driving our economic future
I encourage you to visit tomorrow.uw.edu to learn more about Tomorrow’s University Today. You can also watch a number of videos showing some of the great work already under way in these critical areas.
I hope you’re as excited as I am about the many ways the UW can propel ideas from our classrooms and labs out into the community to continue creating positive change.
Michael K. Young