Office of the President

August 6, 2019

Universities and the public health crisis of gun violence

Ana Mari Cauce

Universities can provide the foundation upon which our nation can take evidence-based action to stem this uniquely American epidemic.


July 30, 2019

Defending our democracy against disinformation

Ana Mari Cauce

The foundations of our democracy rest on the principles enshrined in the Constitution – including freedom of expression, the right to elect our leaders and a free press. But as we continue to grapple with the sudden acceleration and volume of communication in the digital age, those foundations are jeopardized by a rising tide of misinformation and disinformation. That’s why I’m pleased that the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has made a significant investment to create the UW Center for an Informed Public.


July 23, 2019

International exchange and collaboration are at the heart of our mission

Ana Mari Cauce

The University of Washington is proud to be a part of the global research community and to participate in international research collaborations, here in Washington and around the world. We are part of the fellowship of those united by academic curiosity and scientific inquiry, and we welcome talented scholars and students from many nations.


July 18, 2019

In memoriam: Marvin Oliver, ’73, artist and professor emeritus

Ana Mari Cauce

Today, we mourn the loss of Marvin Oliver,’73, a giant of the art world, a treasured professor emeritus of American Indian Studies and a graduate of University of Washington. It’s painful to lose someone who has been so integral to our culture and community, but we can reflect with joy and gratitude on his enormous…


June 20, 2019

What we are doing to prepare for I-1000

Ana Mari Cauce

I-1000, which enables state agencies and public universities to factor in characteristics such as race, gender, ethnicity, and veteran status when making admissions, hiring and contracting decisions, was passed by the state legislature this session and is currently scheduled to take effect in late July. To prepare the University of Washington for this change in state law, I have initiated a staff review of our current practices in admissions, hiring, and contracting to lay initial groundwork for implementation.


June 13, 2019

Congratulations and thank you for a year of excellence

Ana Mari Cauce

As we wrap up another academic year at the University of Washington, we have much to celebrate. I am deeply grateful to be marking this milestone with all of you – students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and neighbors who make up our diverse and vibrant community.


June 3, 2019

Thank you, Grant County, for being great neighbors in the UW’s time of need

Ana Mari Cauce

Yesterday’s visit to Quincy High School in Grant County with the Husky Band was a fabulous opportunity to say THANK YOU to all the members of this community.


May 15, 2019

Provost’s Town Hall offered insight and vision

Ana Mari Cauce

I had the pleasure of attending Provost Mark Richards’ first Town Hall yesterday and his talk was a great demonstration of his thoughtful but action-oriented leadership. His talk showed how quickly he has zeroed in on our incredible strengths as a leading global research university while offering a realistic assessment of the areas in which we can – indeed must – invest more time, energy and, yes, money if we are to have an even greater impact.


May 6, 2019

The Population Health Initiative, three years in

Ana Mari Cauce

Three years ago, our community launched the Population Health Initiative, an effort to consolidate our extensive expertise and maximize our collective impact to improve the health and well-being of all people. As we knew then, and remain well aware, making an impact of that scale and magnitude is not easy or lightly undertaken. While this wasn’t new work for us, it was an acknowledgment that truly improving health and well-being for whole communities and populations will require efforts across a range of disciplines and actions, with a focus on identifying our strengths and partnerships and learning from what we can do together.


May 3, 2019

We need reasoned debate on affirmative action, not mockery

Ana Mari Cauce

Over the next few months, we will likely be engaging in conversations and debates about affirmative action and if, where and how it should be practiced. I am on the record in support of repealing provisions of I-200, which would allow us to take race and gender into account, as one of many other factors,…


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