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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Counseling and wellness
Undergraduate academic advising
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. I am so grateful for their leadership over the past month, and I thank all students for the strength, goodwill and flexibility they continue to demonstrate as we move, together, into a fully remote learning environment. I’d also like to thank our faculty and staff, who have been working tirelessly to ensure that we have a successful spring quarter.
We’re all in this together. Stay safe, and best wishes for a great quarter.
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.
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.
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.
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.