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Race & Equity

June 28, 2018

Sexual harassment in academia is a problem we can address – together

Ana Mari Cauce

This week, I had the opportunity to take part in a livestreamed panel hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) about their recent report, Sexual Harassment of Women. The report offers recommendations for the cultural and systemic changes needed to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in the academic STEM fields and its release couldn’t be more timely, coinciding with the #metoo movement.

June 26, 2018

We stand with our international students and scholars

Ana Mari Cauce

Today’s Supreme Court decision does in any way diminish our pledge to our community, here in Washington and across the globe, to remain a welcoming, inclusive and supportive place for people of every faith and nationality. We will continue to do all we can to support the members of our community.

June 18, 2018

Separating children from their families is cruel: The evidence is clear

Ana Mari Cauce

The horrific images we’re seeing of children separated from their parents as part of the federal government’s new immigration policy are all the more devastating because I know what that trauma means for the children and their families. The fact that American tax dollars are being used to knowingly inflict lifelong trauma on children is a stain on our national character.

June 5, 2018

In memoriam: Hubert G. Locke, a champion for justice

Ana Mari Cauce

I am saddened, along with many colleagues throughout the University, by the passing, this Saturday, of Hubert G. Locke, professor and dean emeritus of public policy. For more than two decades, Hubert served the University of Washington – as assistant dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, as vice provost for academic affairs and…

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.

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