December 15, 2016
The Henry M. Jackson/William Van Ness Lectures on Leadership
Recently, I had the honor of giving this year’s Henry M. Jackson/ William Van Ness Lecture on Leadership. The annual event honors Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson, who represented Washington state with the honor and distinction as a U.S. Congressman and Senator for more than four decades, and Bill Van Ness, the immediate past president of the Jackson Foundation who worked closely with Senator Jackson.
December 5, 2016
Welcoming the residents of Tent City 3
Fast Facts Selected location: Parking lot W35 When: 90 days, starting December 17, 2016, so as to largely coincide with the 2017 winter quarter Community feedback at least 2-to-1 in favor Hosting is based on safety and operations plan requirements, and a permit has been received from the city Up to 99 people – families…
November 17, 2016
A safe and welcoming place for all
In the week since the presidential election, many in our university have come together to engage in peaceful gatherings, public forums and other forms of community engagement within residence halls, departments and other groupings across campus. Participation in difficult discussions as well as celebrations of our shared humanity represent the best of who we are, the ideals of our democracy, and demonstrate how, by working together, we can continue to build a better future — the heart of our institutional mission.
November 9, 2016
Our shared ideals
In the aftermath of this very close and highly contentious election, I want to take this moment to reaffirm our University’s commitment to our mission of education, discovery, healing and public service. I also want to reaffirm our ongoing and unwavering support toward creating and nurturing an inclusive, diverse and welcoming community.
October 25, 2016
Announcing a transformative gift for the UW’s Population Health Initiative
I am humbled to announce that the UW’s Population Health Initiative has received a transformative gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – a gift that will accelerate our work to improve human health, environmental resiliency, and social and economic equity here and around the world.
October 20, 2016
A message to faculty & staff: You make the UW what it is
Today, Jerry and I were very pleased to take an opportunity to send a message to all the dedicated faculty and staff of the UW about just how important they are to the University, to our students’ success and to the impact – near and far – that we have as an institution. Below is our message which we think is worth sharing as widely as possible.
October 18, 2016
The 2016 University of Washington Annual President’s Address: For Washington and the World
When I get asked what my vision for the University of Washington is, I have a ready answer: I want this university to be the number one university in the world in terms of impact. I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about that impact – on our state, nation and our world. Above all, on our collective future.
October 4, 2016
UW Professor Emeritus David J. Thouless awarded Nobel Prize in Physics
This morning we awoke to tremendous news: One of the University of Washington’s own, Professor Emeritus David J. Thouless, has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics. As the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences noted when awarding the prize to Thouless and two of his colleagues, “This year’s laureates opened the door on an…
September 21, 2016
We are all accountable for justice and equity
As interim president, I spoke to our university about racism, equity and the need for each of us to take personal responsibility for addressing our own biases and improving our University culture. We committed to deepen the work of more systematically combating racism and inequities, both individual and institutional, which persist here and throughout our society.
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…