Office of the President

Race & Equity


April 4, 2018

Remembering the two halves to Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

Ana Mari Cauce

In 1968, as the nation mourned the loss of Martin Luther King Jr, the New York Times wrote that for many Black Americans, King was “the prophet of their crusade for racial equality,” while for Whites, he was a leader who “preserved the bridge of communication between races” through his steadfast commitment to non-violence. The undiminished power of his legacy is a testament to the strength of those two halves of his cause: a tireless quest for progress and an unyielding commitment to undertaking that quest peacefully.


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 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.


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.


January 12, 2018

Through service, we honor Martin Luther King’s legacy

Ana Mari Cauce

This week, join your colleagues on our campuses in Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma as we come together to remember how King served our nation and our world and honor his sacrifice by answering his call to service. This Monday, I hope you will seek a way, whether donating your time and talent or simply in a moment of quiet reflection, to keep working toward the just and loving world that King dreamed of.


January 11, 2018

Remembering the humanity at the heart of DACA

Ana Mari Cauce

Since the decision last fall to end protections for the recipients of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – the Dreamers – the lives of the more than 800,000 young people affected by the program have been thrown into uncertainty and fear. The Dreamers are young people who were brought to this country as children. The United States is their home; they have grown up here, and it is short-sighted to exclude these hard-working contributors from our society.


September 5, 2017

Committed to our DACA Dreamers

Ana Mari Cauce

Today we learned that the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will come to an end in six months unless there is legislative action to protect it. This decision could have extremely serious consequences for students on all three of our campuses who are an integral part of our community. I want to reassure every affected person that if DACA comes to an end, the University of Washington will do everything within its power to minimize the disruption to your lives and education.


August 14, 2017

Reflections on the tragedy of Charlottesville

Ana Mari Cauce

This weekend was a difficult and painful one for all of us committed to a more equitable and inclusive society — to those of us who believe in justice and equity. There should be no question whatsoever that those white supremacists who marched across the University of Virginia campus and gathered across Charlottesville hold views…


July 28, 2017

Inclusion and non-discrimination are now and will always be core to the UW

Ana Mari Cauce

LGBTQ rights are human rights. The Justice Department’s brief – even as it is being downplayed by some – has the potential to expose more people to workplace discrimination and signals broadly that discrimination against gays and lesbians is acceptable. This is a dangerous and destructive precedent that will have real consequences in people’s lives.


June 28, 2017

Supporting our international scholars and students (updated)

Ana Mari Cauce

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision allowing the travel ban imposed by Executive Order to go into partial effect. Under this partial implementation, individuals from the six countries listed in the Order who have a bona fide, documented relationship with the University (such as admitted students, faculty and staff members, and invited lecturers) are generally not subject to the ban imposed by the Order



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