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.
Each year, from September 15 to October 15, our University of Washington community joins the nation in honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month, taking time to recognize and celebrate the impact and contributions of Americans whose family origins, like my own, are in Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
The academic year ahead of us is especially rich with opportunities for all of us to get engaged in learning, discovery and public service. As one of the world’s leading public research universities, the UW creates and accelerates change that betters the world both broadly and deeply.
Meeting our goal of mitigating climate change and the impact of our own university operations and practices will require us to work together. We are stronger when we collaborate, and I look forward to making this progress as a University community.
As we announced this afternoon, the University of Washington will be joining the Big Ten Conference starting with the 2024-25 season. This is an exciting time for our student-athletes, our fans and our University. The Big Ten is a leading athletic conference with excellent athletic and academic traditions, and a strong future.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively ends affirmative action in college admissions does not change our commitment to creating opportunity and expanding access to a world-class education for students from all backgrounds.