01/13/2017 Over the past several weeks, UW Bothell and Cascadia College leaders worked together to draft a pledge that addresses concerns about the safety and security, in particular, of underrepresented and undocumented members of our shared campus community. The political and social climate across the country may become more divisive in the coming weeks and months, and we will not waver from our commitment to a safe and welcoming campus where our institutional values are upheld and hate speech and behaviors are denounced. The pledge we’ve drafted reaffirms our joint commitment. Please join me as I sign the pledge below in solidarity with President Eric Murray and with our shared campus community. Tuesday, January 17 1:00 p.m. ARC – Second floor President Murray and I will each keep a copy of the signed pledge in our office as a daily reminder of our commitment. Attendees will have an opportunity to sign another copy of the joint campus pledge, which will also be available for signing throughout the coming weeks. I hope you will join us for this important occasion. PLEDGE: The University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College are committed to being inclusive, transformational, and engaged institutions of higher education. For that reason, UW Bothell and Cascadia College declare our shared campus to be an inclusive and hate-free zone, and we hereby pledge and reaffirm our commitment to: remain equal opportunity institutions that do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender and/or sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran's status, genetic information, or national origin, citizenship or immigration status; support and protect the safety, security, and well-being of all our students, faculty and staff regardless of their national origin, immigration status or citizenship; help students achieve their academic goals regardless of national origin, immigration status or citizenship; protect student information in accordance with all applicable privacy laws, including FERPA; honor academic freedom and the venerable tradition of a campus as a place for a free and open exchange of ideas; and support First Amendment rights, but never tolerate unlawful harassment, threats, or hate crimes as defined under our student conduct codes or applicable laws. We commit to this pledge on behalf of our students, faculty, and staff for the betterment of our institutions and the communities we serve.