Office of the President

May 15, 2018

Our commitment to a fair contract for ASEs

Ana Mari Cauce and Jerry Baldasty

The UW is firmly committed to ensuring that teaching assistants, research assistants and all Academic Student Employees (ASEs) are fairly compensated for that work. That is why five years ago we made a commitment to the shared goal of raising the median wages of teaching and tesearch assistants and other ASEs to be in alignment with their peers in the Global Challenge States and on par with the University of California system. Over the last five years, the base salary for ASEs was increased between 3 percent and 11.59 percent each year, for a compounded rate increase of 50.4 percent.

April 26, 2018

Understanding, preventing and responding to sexual harassment

Ana Mari Cauce

I sent the following message to all University of Washington faculty and staff today and I think it’s worth sharing with our whole community. Sexual harassment has the potential to affect everyone and it’s an issue we can and must work together to prevent and address.  As the #MeToo movement has brought attention to the pervasive…

April 12, 2018

100 amazing students, 100 amazing stories

Ana Mari Cauce

This week, the 2018 Husky 100 were publicly revealed – 100 juniors, seniors and graduate students from our three campuses who have made the most of their Husky Experience in incredible ways.

April 4, 2018

Remembering the two halves to Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

Ana Mari Cauce

In 1968, as the nation mourned the loss of Martin Luther King Jr, the New York Times wrote that for many Black Americans, King was “the prophet of their crusade for racial equality,” while for Whites, he was a leader who “preserved the bridge of communication between races” through his steadfast commitment to non-violence. The undiminished power of his legacy is a testament to the strength of those two halves of his cause: a tireless quest for progress and an unyielding commitment to undertaking that quest peacefully.

March 29, 2018

Spring Address: The Purpose and Power of College in an Age of Skepticism

Ana Mari Cauce

Today, I had the pleasure of addressing our community about a topic of great importance — to me and to all of us who believe in the power of higher education to advance equity, prosperity, health and understanding. I discussed the enormous value that colleges and universities deliver to students and the world at large. And…

March 9, 2018

Celebrating International Women’s Day by looking back and ahead

Ana Mari Cauce

As we celebrate International Women’s Day this week, which also falls in National Women’s History Month, it’s a pleasure to reflect on the extraordinary women who blazed the trails we walk today, as well as those carving new paths and changing the world right now. And it’s a moment to ask how we can support and encourage the women who are just beginning to build their legacies, who will inherit and transform the future.

March 7, 2018

Transfer students’ success is crucial part of improving access

Ana Mari Cauce

The University of Washington is working hard to streamline the process by which transfer students enroll at the UW and do more to meet the needs of these students once they arrive. Recently, I had the pleasure of sharing some of this work with a Presidential Roundtable for the American Talent Initiative. The ATI is…

March 5, 2018

DACA program remains in limbo, UW is committed to Dreamers

Ana Mari Cauce

Today marks six months since the executive order to end the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was issued, which, at the time, was the deadline for the program to end. Despite popular support for protecting the Dreamers, there has been no legislative action yet from Congress to create a fix. However, the program continues to be in effect, based on the rulings of two U.S. district courts and last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to fast-track cases related to DACA. This means the DACA-related cases will continue to work their way through the courts and for now, the program will remain in limbo.

March 2, 2018

Goodbye to a great alumnus and friend

Ana Mari Cauce

Today, we mourn the passing of our alumnus and dedicated friend, Orin Smith `65. Orin was a visionary leader and passionate advocate in our community whose love for the University of Washington transformed so many lives. He will be remembered for his tremendous impact on this University as regent, campaign general chair, and member and…

February 22, 2018

Encouraging our lawmakers to reauthorize the HEA

Ana Mari Cauce

Right now, Congress is considering a number of different bills that would reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). The HEA was first enacted in 1965, and periodically reauthorized, to strengthen our nation’s colleges and universities and expand access to higher education for more Americans. The University of Washington strongly supports the reauthorization of the HEA,…

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