Office of the President

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,…

April 29, 2019

State budget passage is much needed investment in Washington’s future

Ana Mari Cauce

This weekend, the Washington Legislature made a significant and profoundly forward-looking investment in our state’s future when it passed a state budget for the next two years. I’m grateful to the members of the House and Senate, as well as Governor Jay Inslee, for their hard work and vision that made this truly the “year…

April 21, 2019

Sri Lanka attacks are the latest attempt to divide us, yet we stand united 

Ana Mari Cauce

The brutal bombing attacks in Sri Lanka have filled the world with sorrow and horror, and we send our deepest condolences to the victims, survivors and Sri Lankan community worldwide in solidarity. These attacks struck several hotels and churches, and the targeting of Christian worshippers as they gathered to mark Easter is an attack on…

April 18, 2019

A great public resource requires real public investment

Ana Mari Cauce

The fulfillment of the UW’s public mission requires public investment, and it requires a commitment by our state’s lawmakers to maintaining the excellence of the UW for the benefit of our students, patients and communities. Now, as the Washington state House and Senate near a compromise budget for the coming biennium, I again urge them to consider how the UW is critical to the health and prosperity of people across our state.

April 16, 2019

A transformative funding commitment to advance protein design 

Ana Mari Cauce

I’m very pleased to share that the Institute for Protein Design, part of the Department of Biochemistry at the UW School of Medicine, has received a significant initial commitment of $45 million through The Audacious Project philanthropic collaborative.

April 11, 2019

Celebrating the life of Vikram Jandhyala

Ana Mari Cauce

On May 9, we’ll come together as a community to celebrate the life and impact of Vikram Jandhyala. Vikram was so many things: a scholar and innovator, mentor and entrepreneur, friend and colleague, son and father. I hope you’ll join me in remembering this remarkable man and his many contributions to our University, region and world….

April 10, 2019

Creating a more welcoming working and learning environment at the UW

Ana Mari Cauce

The University plans to undertake a university-wide climate survey to examine the learning and working experiences of our students, faculty and staff on our three campuses. This survey is a critical tool for gathering information and perspective about our community’s lived experiences to understand what fosters – and impedes – the sense of belonging that is so necessary to thrive and succeed. In the coming months, you will hear more about this confidential survey, which will take place from October 8 to November 8, 2019. Students, faculty, and staff across all three campuses will be invited to participate.

April 3, 2019

Husky Giving Day: Why I give

Ana Mari Cauce

On our first annual Husky Giving Day, I invite every member of our community to consider what they care about and how we can come together to support the students, programs and causes that create meaningful impact on our world.

April 2, 2019

In Memoriam: Dr. Benjamin D. Hall

Ana Mari Cauce

Today, we mourn the loss of Dr. Benjamin D. Hall, whose impact on the world and the University of Washington is both lasting and profound. Over a career that than spanned more than 60 years, Ben made groundbreaking discoveries that changed the course of medicine and saved millions of lives.

March 15, 2019

Attack on Christchurch mosques is an attack on values we ALL share

Ana Mari Cauce

Today we join the global community in grief and sympathy for the victims of the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, one of Seattle’s sister cities. This despicable act of terror aimed at Muslims is an assault on the values honored by ALL people of good faith: love, peace, friendship and awareness of our shared humanity.

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