Office of the President

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,…

February 16, 2018

Marking two years of improving health and well-being together

Ana Mari Cauce and umac4

Two years ago this month, we gathered in Spokane to announce a new partnership between Gonzaga University and the University of Washington. Its mission: improve the health and well-being of people throughout Eastern Washington and beyond.

February 12, 2018

A difficult Saturday

Ana Mari Cauce

Saturday was a very difficult day for our campus. Many in our University community, including me, were saddened and frustrated by the precautionary cancellation of events due to safety concerns related to the Patriot Prayer rally, including events related to Black History Month. I understand why it would appear to some that these events were sacrificed to host a group that many associate with racist views that stand counter to our university values. I am writing today to explain the logic of my decision making.

February 9, 2018

Through civil debate, we can tackle difficult issues (Updated)

Ana Mari Cauce

This week, UWPD obtained credible information that groups from outside the UW community are planning to join the event with the intent to instigate violence. For the safety of campus visitors and others not associated with the events, several organizations have cancelled or postponed their campus events that day and access to Red Square will be limited. Your safety is important to us and we are taking precautions to ensure the Patriot Prayer event unfolds as peacefully as possible. However, I encourage you to avoid Red Square, and the surrounding area from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday to ensure your own personal safety.

February 6, 2018

A healthy future depends on healthy global partnerships

Ana Mari Cauce

Today, I had the pleasure and privilege of addressing the Times Higher Education Asia Universities Summit, held this year in Shenzhen, China and hosted by Southern University of Science and Technology, or SUSTech. The theme of this year’s gathering was “Connecting cities, changing the world,” which underscores how important global connections are and will be…

January 22, 2018

A President’s Circle for the future

Ana Mari Cauce

Today, The President’s Club becomes The President’s Circle, a name change that reflects an inclusive and broad community of people who act as a catalyst for progress and who amplify the UW’s impact by acting together. With this change, we open a new chapter in the UW’s philanthropic history as we engage the next generation of donors who will help lead our institution in the decades to come.

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