Office of the President

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.


‘Simple but momentous’ –  A ruling for gay and trans rights is a ruling for human rights

Ana Mari Cauce

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a victory for human rights and the ideal that all people are entitled to fair and equal treatment under the law.


June 13, 2020

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Ana Mari Cauce

This year, it was my honor and privilege to deliver the commencement address to the graduating seniors, graduate and professional students who earned their degrees during a quarter unlike any before.


May 30, 2020

Lifting the veil: understanding the clarity this moment offers

Ana Mari Cauce

The post-pandemic goal should not be to go back to the way it was. We must do better. In our community, we can and we will continue our work to address issues of equity, racism and bias. The veil has been lifted. We cannot give up – or go back.


May 28, 2020

Empowering people with disabilities requires investment and innovation

Ana Mari Cauce

The University of Washington is establishing the Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences (CREATE)  supported by a $2.5 million inaugural investment from Microsoft.


May 26, 2020

Washington’s universities are anything but discretionary

Ana Mari Cauce

If you care about health and prosperity for our people and our nation, Washington’s universities are anything but “discretionary.”


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