Office of the President


December 2, 2021

Reimagining safety at the University of Washington

Ana Mari Cauce

Creating learning, working and living environments that enable each of us to be successful requires a holistic approach to safety and well-being that brings together a range of resources in a coordinated, accountable manner. And as we continuously evaluate the safety of our community, it has become clear to me — as it has to many of you — that a rethinking of how we keep our University community safe is required.

February 4, 2021

The safety of our community is our highest priority

Ana Mari Cauce

The health and safety of our students, staff, faculty and academic personnel is our University’s highest priority, and none of us can do our best work when we do not feel secure or are anxious about safety.

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.

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.

March 31, 2020

Students together in spirit, a message from our student leaders

Ana Mari Cauce

Resources Spring quarter student FAQ Emergency Aid Counseling and wellness Seattle campus   UW Bothell UW Tacoma Undergraduate academic advising Seattle campus UW Bothell UW Tacoma   As we start a spring quarter unlike any other, I want to give the virtual floor to the ASUW and GPSS leaders who represent our students across our campuses….

March 6, 2020

To keep our community healthy, beginning March 9, classes will not be held in person

Ana Mari Cauce

Starting Monday, March 9, classes will no longer be meeting in person. For the remainder of the quarter, instructors are asked to conduct classes and/or exams remotely, as possible, until the quarter concludes on March 20.

February 29, 2020

Update on the UW’s preparations related to the novel coronavirus

Ana Mari Cauce

Today public health officials announced that the first death in the United States attributed to the novel coronavirus has occurred in King County. I write today to ensure you are aware of how the University is working with public health officials to be as prepared as possible to protect the health of the UW community.

February 11, 2020

Working together is our best defense against threats to health

Ana Mari Cauce

Just as important as our response to the coronavirus threat is our responsibility to avoid stigmatizing, stereotyping, and perpetuating the racism that can accompany diseases associated with a country or people.

February 3, 2020

Recognition for the UW’s broad, deep commitment to public service

Ana Mari Cauce

I’m very proud that the Carnegie Foundation has included all three UW campuses among the new recipients of its Community Engagement Classification. This designation is a recognition of our University’s broad, deep commitment to civic responsibility and meaningful collaboration to serve the public.

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