Office of the President

August 6, 2020

Impact of the pandemic on autumn quarter for students, faculty and staff

Ana Mari Cauce

Today, Provost Mark Richards and I wrote to U.S. and international students, faculty and staff on our Seattle campus to share what we believe will be our final plans for autumn quarter classes.


July 22, 2020

Update as we prepare for autumn quarter

Ana Mari Cauce

As we prepare for autumn quarter, we know our community is seeking clarity about how the increase in COVID-19 cases will impact teaching, research and on-campus work this fall.


July 9, 2020

Confronting systemic racism requires action and resources

Ana Mari Cauce

In response to what we have heard from our Black Student Union and Black faculty and staff, the UW has created the Black Opportunity Fund through the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity.


July 7, 2020

*UPDATED* Ending flexibility for international students is cruel and oblivious to the reality of the pandemic

Ana Mari Cauce

We are pleased that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has rescinded the order that would have required international students to take in-person courses in order to maintain their visa status.


June 29, 2020

New details on our plans for autumn quarter

Ana Mari Cauce

People across the University have been hard at work preparing for how we can be safely together on our campuses when conditions in our region allow us to do so. We are now able to share more details about plans for autumn quarter. We are also sharing similar information with our new and returning students, as well as their families.


June 25, 2020

New visa restrictions are a threat to learning and innovation

Ana Mari Cauce

Several recent presidential executive orders suspend access to certain categories of visas needed to study and work in the United States, threatening the talented students and scholars seeking to work and learn at the UW, as well as our institution’s ability to produce critical research and innovation.


June 19, 2020

We honor Juneteenth and commit to the work ahead

Ana Mari Cauce

As a University, we are proud to recognize the significance – both historic and ongoing – of Juneteenth in celebration of Black liberation.


June 18, 2020

Supreme Court ruling welcome news for Dreamers and a win for our nation

Ana Mari Cauce

Our University welcomes today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocking the administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.


June 17, 2020

Responding to community concerns about policing on campus

Ana Mari Cauce

As our nation once more grapples with the epidemic of police violence against Black people and systemic racism more broadly, many faculty, students, staff and other community members have expressed concerns about policing on the Seattle campus, including about the UW Police Department’s relationship with the Seattle Police Department.


June 16, 2020

An unprecedented year reminds us that higher education can lead meaningful, lasting change

Ana Mari Cauce

This weekend we celebrated a commencement like no other. It was the first of two ceremonies for the Class of 2020 — and I know we all look forward to celebrating next year in person — but our broadcast to thousands of graduates across the region and around the world was nonetheless steeped in an especially poignant blend of meaning and joy.


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