Working toward a safe, welcoming UW Bothell

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On Thursday, a letter was sent by President Cauce and Provost Baldasty emphasizing the University’s commitment to providing our faculty, staff and especially our students a safe and welcoming campus environment. That includes UW Bothell. We are fully committed to ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusivity remain at the core of how we work, learn and contribute back to our community. 
 
Over the past week, we have seen that commitment lived. Students, faculty and staff are working hard to make sure those who are feeling most vulnerable in these uncertain times are respected and cared for. From supportive hugs and encouraging community emails to participation in difficult discussions in safe spaces, we have seen our UW Bothell community come together.
 
But we have also heard the voices of many who say they’re waiting for a day when they, too, can replace anxiety and fear about tomorrow with a consistent feeling of safety, belonging and respect. No one should feel like they’re on the outside waiting to be let in. If one of us feels vulnerable, our community is vulnerable. Together, we can do great things on this campus and in our region. Keyword: together. If you see or experience something, say something. We want to help. We’ve just launched a new online bias incident form for students, faculty or staff who witness or experience discrimination. Depending on what you’ve experienced, there are numerous resources on the UW Bothell and Seattle campuses, including Campus Safety, the UW Bothell Care Team, Student Affairs, our Counseling Center and Safe Campus.
 
We are working with the Seattle campus to address concerns as they arise. If you are concerned about your immigration status or the status of a friend or loved one, please understand that we are one University of Washington and live by the same policies and commitments. UW Bothell Campus Safety does not and will not detain or question individuals solely because they lack documentation. Nor do they or will they inquire about immigration status when they question or otherwise interact with people. We do not release any information to immigration or law enforcement. As President Cauce stated in her email, this is the essence of a sanctuary.
 
Working together, we will surpass expectations of who we can be as individuals, with each other, as a campus and for our community. We are always ready for your questions, suggestions and even the challenging conversations that will ultimately result in a safer, more welcoming UW Bothell.
 
Sincerely,
 
Bjong Wolf Yeigh, Ph.D., F.ASME
Chancellor and Professor of Engineering
 
Phil Akers
Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations
 
Susan Jeffords, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
 
Ruth Johnston, Ph.D.
Acting Vice Chancellor for Administration and Planning