March 11, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor visits campus

Since its inception 225 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court’s role remains vital to our founding fathers’ vision of a tri-partite and balanced (as in ‘checked’) government—of the people, by the people and for the people. The justices who have been appointed and confirmed by the other two branches of government over the past two… Read More


March 7, 2014

A favorite perk of my job

One of the great pleasures and privileges of being president of the University of Washington is getting to meet remarkable students. Yesterday I was honored to pay tribute to three truly outstanding undergraduate students: sophomore Jeffrey Lee, junior Megan Kufeld and senior Connor Lynch. They were selected as our 2013–2014 Presidential Medalists, based on their… Read More


Civil rights pilgrimage

The Civil Rights Movement in the mid-20th century is an important chapter in our country’s history. The stories of courageous acts and sacrifices made to advance equality for all citizens are a mix of inspiration and oppression, agony and elation, and personify the struggles and victories during that time. Indeed, the stories I heard directly… Read More


February 28, 2014

Amazing things happening in the U-District

The University District Partnership is an organization that is poised to set this district apart.  Last week I had the good fortune to address this group as they celebrated all the work we have accomplished together over the past two years. The University District Partnership includes the UW, U District businesses, residents, non-profits, and faith… Read More


February 27, 2014

Campaign encourages stronger federal investments in research and higher education

The key difference-maker for societies, economies, and universities in the 21st-century, I am certain, is innovation. Can we think in creative, productive, uncommon ways about how to solve problems and to bridge the divides—international, cultural, economic—that separate us? At the University of Washington, we know that the ability to innovate is essential. With this in… Read More


February 19, 2014

President Young comments on passage of Real Hope Act

“Today’s action by the Washington Legislature was a vote of confidence in students and their importance to the future of our state,” University of Washington President Michael K. Young said of the Feb. 18 vote allowing high school graduates brought here illegally as children to be eligible for financial aid. “It sends a strong message… Read More


January 27, 2014

Debra Friedman, Chancellor of UW Tacoma, dies at 58

Dear Colleagues: This past Sunday, University of Washington Tacoma Chancellor Debra Friedman succumbed to cancer. Many of you knew Debra well and worked with her during her years here at the University. Some of you indeed may have taught her while she earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from our Department of Sociology. She was… Read More


January 24, 2014

President Young meets with UW Tacoma students

University of Washington President Michael Young participated in a roundtable discussion with UW Tacoma students last week. Participants included UW Student Regent Kiana Scott, who served as moderator, and students representing a cross-section of the UW Tacoma student population: transfer, first-generation, non-traditional, undergraduate, graduate and many different degree programs. The lively dialogue focused on two… Read More


January 16, 2014

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear Campus Colleagues, Fifty years ago, in 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his courageous and inspiring efforts in leading the civil rights movement. The Nobel committee honored Dr. King for his commitment to nonviolence in the pursuit of equality, inclusivity, and opportunity in the United States. In… Read More