March 16, 2017
Proposed budget would be huge step backward for innovation and economic security
Today, as anticipated, the President released a proposed federal budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018. The proposal is short on details, but it contains sweeping cuts that would harm American innovation and prosperity, the education of our nation’s students, and the research and creativity that is the foundation of progress in every field from medicine…
March 15, 2017
Tent City 3 concluding successful stay at the UW
This weekend, our neighbors in Tent City 3 (TC3) depart for their next location, this time in Skyway, having completed their planned 90-day stay here on the UW’s Seattle campus. The way our community embraced our neighbors and the learning and human experiences that took place have been fantastic to witness, and I want to…
March 9, 2017
A Renaissance man for the modern era
Today, it was my great pleasure to announce the formal naming of the University of Washington Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. Paul’s support for the UW and his leadership in computer science education are both humbling and inspiring.
March 7, 2017
Remembering Helen Sommers, UW alumna and advocate for higher education
Helen Sommers was a true champion of public higher education and her advocacy for our state’s students and universities changed the lives of countless Washingtonians. She was an advocate for ensuring our universities remained accessible, including through the creation of the branch campuses, and a strong supporter of everything from advanced technology research to her beloved Burke Museum.
March 6, 2017
Supporting our international scholars and students (updated)
The University of Washington is proud to be the home to students, staff and scholars from around the world. We stand with them and will provide them with support as needed. As Provost Baldasty and I emphasized to the community in November, we are fully committed to providing a safe, secure and welcoming environment that protects the privacy and human rights of all members of our community.
February 23, 2017
Transgender rights are human rights
Yesterday, the US Departments of Education and Justice rescinded protections for transgender and non-binary students under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools. The University of Washington and our state laws unequivocally recognize that transgender people deserve to be free from discrimination on the basis of gender expression and identity, and we will stand by these bedrock principles of equity and inclusion.
February 21, 2017
Responding to those hateful flyers
You may be aware of recent instances of racist flyers appearing at or around the UW. We, of course, condemn expressions of hate as antithetical to not just our University’s and nation’s values, but to fundamental human values. When such flyers are put up in unauthorized or inappropriate places, like the sides of buildings, we take them down. If you see such posters, you can take them down as well, but your best course of action is to contact the UWPD to take them down. You can email email@example.com notifying them of the date, time and location of the posting/image and whether or not it was removed.
February 17, 2017
Sharing our expertise for the public good
We have not just an opportunity, but a responsibility to share the knowledge we develop with a wider world that is hungry for it. A full accounting of the knowledge and accumulated expertise at the UW would be impossible, but if we harness it together and as individuals, our collective power to inform truthfully and persuasively is formidable.
February 6, 2017
No matter who you are, where you’re from, whom you love, where or whether you worship, or any other aspect of your identity, we welcome your contributions to helping the University of Washington maintain its commitment to access and excellence, to building a better and more equitable future, and creating a world of good.
January 25, 2017
Update on University response to Friday’s events (Updated)
On Friday night, our campus community was shocked and heartbroken when what was intended to be a peaceful protest was disrupted by violence that resulted in several assaults and a man being shot. Like all of you, I’m thankful that the victim is reported to be recovering. In the days since that incident, the University has received many inquiries from community members concerned about campus safety.