August 28, 2016
With Bob Santos’ passing, we’ve lost a giant
I had the opportunity to first get to know Bob Santos – known as “Uncle Bob” to so many he advocated for – when I chaired the UW’s Department of American Ethnic Studies. It was a tough time for the department, and our first meeting was marked by mutual skepticism. But it ended with mutual…
August 19, 2016
President Cauce speaks at Business Journal Live event on what’s next for the UW
This Wednesday, August 17, President Cauce sat down with Puget Sound Business Journal columnist Patti Payne for a wide-ranging discussion about the University, her experience thus far as president and what the future holds for the UW. Topics at the breakfast event, attended by dozens of Seattle business luminaries, ranged from the incoming freshman class to the Population Health…
August 2, 2016
On free expression, universities must light the way
As we head into the home stretch of the election season there is heightened potential for visits to the UW by candidates or speakers invited by campus groups to speak on topics that may be quite controversial. That makes it a good time to remind ourselves of the fundamental importance of freedom of expression to our University and our nation.
July 29, 2016
Executive Council selected for the UW’s Population Health Initiative
University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Jerry Baldasty announced today the selection of the 30-member Executive Council for the University’s new Population Health Initiative. The council’s members will lead the development of a 25-year vision for population health at the UW, as was originally announced in President Cauce’s remarks on May 3,…
July 11, 2016
Standing together for justice
Dear faculty, staff and students: We both love the University during its high-energy moments — crowded hallways and walkways, the chatter on Red Square so loud we have to close our windows to concentrate. Yet, as June rolls around, we look forward to the bittersweet joy of graduations, the warmer weather and quieter times that…
June 20, 2016
The University’s Role in the Innovation Ecosystem (Times Higher Education Asia Summit keynote)
Universities play a vital – and unique – role in the innovation ecosystem. Leading the University of Washington, I see every day the ways in which the environment and community of a university are not only conducive to creation and discovery, more often than not, they are the drivers of innovation. Universities both augment the innovation in companies and institutions around them and they compensate for the fact that some organizations are not as well-equipped to do so.
June 15, 2016
Letter to alumni: Welcome the Class of 2016 to the pack!
The University of Washington’s alumni family got a little bigger this week as we graduated the Class of 2016. Diplomas in hand, these newly minted graduates are leaving the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses to join your global fellowship. I know you’ll welcome them with open arms as they share not just a love of…
June 8, 2016
UW to host Tent City 3 for 90 days in winter 2017
Earlier this year, I wrote to our community about the crisis facing thousands of our neighbors; a crisis that forces many individuals and families to live under bridges, or in cars and doorways. Tent City 3 hosting Preferred location: Parking lot W35 When: 90 days in 2017 winter quarter Community feedback 2-to-1 in favor Organizer…
June 6, 2016
Congratulations on this year’s achievements!
The end of the academic year is always bittersweet; we say goodbye to this year’s graduates, yet we share their excitement as new degree-holders go forth, ready to become the leaders, innovators and change-makers that this world needs and that their UW education has prepared them to be. I could not be more proud of…
June 3, 2016
My life in administration: From accident to career (Denice Denton Emerging Leaders Workshop keynote)
[Each year, the Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award recognizes a junior faculty member for achievements in research and for positive impact on diversity. The award honors Denice D. Denton, who served as Dean of the UW’s College of Engineering before being appointed as Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz. In June, the…