Office of the President

May 5, 2015

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Ana Mari Cauce

Twenty-five years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, establishing a legal mandate to end discrimination against people with disabilities. The ADA has been instrumental in advancing civil and human rights across the nation. The University of Washington is committed to doing all we can to increase access and opportunity for…


April 28, 2015

Compassion and action for Nepal

Ana Mari Cauce

The devastating earthquake in Nepal on Saturday and its unyielding aftershocks are tragic and catastrophic. Our hearts go out to the millions of people affected, including the UW’s Nepalese Student Association and our community members who have family and friends in the region. Over the years, countless UW faculty, students and alumni have studied Nepal’s cultural and…


April 17, 2015

We the People: Diversity, Equity and Difference at the UW

Office of the President

Interim President Ana Mari Cauce announced a wide-ranging initiative to combat racism and inequity during a campus dialogue with students. Cauce spoke from the heart about racism and what she thinks all of us, herself included, can do to combat it. Read the transcript of her remarks


April 9, 2015

Medical Education in Washington: Do No Harm

Office of the President

Congratulations to Washington State University on the official signing of legislation to seek accreditation for an independent medical school. As they begin the process of seeking accreditation, we at the University of Washington offer our appreciation for more than 40 years of medical education partnership with our colleagues in Pullman and Spokane. With the passage…


April 7, 2015

National Institutions Coming Out Day

Office of the President

The University of Washington is driven by our public promise — a promise to our state and the next generation to do all that we can to make the world a better place. At the core of that promise is our deep commitment to access, equal opportunity and social justice. We are proud to be…


April 6, 2015

Addressing affordable housing issues in our region

Office of the President

I am so pleased the University of Washington is partnering with the Seattle Times and Microsoft Corporation on the LiveWire series that addresses vital issues impacting our region and its residents. Earlier this week, we hosted more than 800 people on campus for a lively discussion about affordability and housing. We heard a variety of…


April 1, 2015

Statement concerning the minimum wage and students

Office of the President

Today, a group of students came to Gerberding to express their disappointment that students were not included in the UW’s decision to bring all employees to Seattle’s $11-per-hour minimum wage that went into effect today. While I understand their disappointment, I want to clarify why we didn’t include students unilaterally in today’s action. Student fees…


Statement on proposed Senate budget

Office of the President

While I am very pleased to see that the Senate budget not only provides most of the state funding needed to pay for its tuition reduction bill, and makes additional investments for the next biennium, there are some troubling aspects to the proposal. Rejection of our collective bargaining agreements means that thousands of our employees…


March 27, 2015

Statement on proposed House budget

Office of the President

I am pleased to see that the Washington state House budget begins the critical work of reinvesting in higher education for the benefit of our students and our state. The new funding for faculty and staff compensation, computer science enrollment expansion and medical residencies is critically important. The proposed budget in its entirety, however, may…


March 13, 2015

A historic day for the UW and Native Tribes of our region

Office of the President

As one of the world’s greatest public universities, the University of Washington is committed to cultivating our culture of diversity. The opening yesterday of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House (wash-LEB-alt) marked a historic day for both the University of Washington and the Native Tribes of our region. This building is the culmination of a decades-long dream…


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