Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Intro to 2020: The Course

The events of 2020 have brought enormous hardship to so many people. Hear about how the University of Washington’s president and provost, who are also public scholars, think about 2020 as well as why — despite the challenges ahead of us — they are optimistic about the direction of the UW (hint: it has to do with students).

Leadership and hope in 2020

Presented to students on September 30, 2020.

Welcome to 2020: The Course

Photo of Ed TaylorVice Provost & Dean Ed Taylor

Ed Taylor, vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, introduces “2020: The Course,” and leads conversations with President Cauce and Provost Richards. Taylor is a professor in the College of Education, his research interests include the moral dimensions of education, leadership in education and social justice.

Conversations with President Cauce and Provost Richards

Photo of Ana Mari CaucePresident Ana Mari Cauce

Ana Mari Cauce is the UW’s president and is a professor of Psychology and American Ethnic Studies, with secondary appointments in the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and the College of Education.


Photo of Provost Mark RichardsProvost Mark Richards

Mark Richards is the UW’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. A geophysicist, Richards also holds a faculty appointment in the College of the Environment’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences.

Related reading

My Life in Administration – From Accident to Career, by President Ana Mari Cauce

The Day the Dinosaurs Died // The New Yorker, April 8, 2019