The national designation of Black History Month reflects our shared commitment to celebrating Black achievement, but Black history has a critical place in our learning and exploration all year round.
However you choose to use MLK Day – whether as a day of service, reflection or care – I hope you’ll consider how the values and spirit of this national day of service are integrated into your daily life as a member of the UW community.
The beginning of a new year and a new quarter is an opportune time to recommit to our shared mission of learning, discovery and public service. This mission is fueled by you, our dedicated staff, students, faculty and healthcare providers.
As a public University that serves our students, our state and the world, we are grateful for public investments that fuel our public mission to advance health, education, discovery and workforce development, now, and for generations to come.
During this difficult time for all who are affected by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the recognition of our shared humanity is essential to ensuring an inclusive and welcoming campus environment conducive to engaged teaching and learning, scholarship and discovery, patient care and community service. The members of our large, diverse community bring a wide range of perspectives, lived experiences and emotions to this crisis, but we will not tolerate harassment, violence or threats of violence on our campuses.
Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment free from sex- and gender-based harassment is essential to delivering on our University’s promise to provide a vibrant working and learning experience for everyone in our UW community.
Throughout November, we take joy in honoring National Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the many extraordinary accomplishments and contributions that Indigenous people and communities bring to our University and our world.
We are a large and diverse community, and on any given issue, a range of opinions will exist. Different opinions can co-exist and be expressed in a manner that does not elicit bias or fear. This requires us to first and foremost recognize one another’s shared humanity.
In her 2023 Annual President’s Address, President Ana Mari Cauce shared her vision for how the University of Washington can elevate its mission of public service through an impact ecosystem that leverages both the breadth and depth of the institution’s capacity for learning, discovery and service.
The terror, loss of life and outbreak of war in Israel and Gaza over the weekend, which began with the reprehensible attacks by Hamas, is devastating to all of us, and my heart is with every member of our community who has ties to or loved ones in this deeply troubled region.