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June 28, 2018

UW President Ana Mari Cauce named ‘Great Immigrant’ on 2018 Carnegie list

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University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce has been named one of 38 great immigrants by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The Corporation each year recognizes naturalized citizens who “enrich the fabric of American culture and strengthen our democracy through their lives, their work and their example.” A full list can be found online.

Ana Mari Cauce

UW President Ana Mari Cauce

“I am honored to be included among these accomplished individuals. I share with this diverse group of leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, scholars and public servants the belief that our great nation is made stronger by its tradition of welcoming newcomers,” Cauce said. “I celebrate all the immigrants who have come here seeking the opportunity to contribute to the greater good.”

Cauce was raised in Miami after emigrating with her family from Cuba in 1959. She became an immigrant on a Green Card and 15 years later, a U.S. citizen.

“Andrew Carnegie understood that immigrants come here to be a part of America, not apart from America,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.  “In their faith, their love of family, and their patriotism for their adopted land, these Great Immigrants have done so much — and will do so much more in the future. For this, and for all their contributions, we respect, admire and celebrate them.”

Read the story in The Seattle Times.

Nearly 9 million lawful permanent residents are currently eligible to naturalize and become U.S. citizens, according to the Corporation. In keeping with the mission of its founder, the Carnegie Corporation of New York is committed to the integration of these immigrants with the goal of helping them become citizens who can participate fully in our democracy.

Proud to be a home to students, staff and scholars from around the world, the UW is dedicated to providing a safe, secure and welcoming environment that protects the privacy and human rights of all members of our community.