University of Washington Bothell

News from Chancellor Wolf Yeigh

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Wayne Au steps up to diversity position

I am pleased that Professor Wayne Au has agreed to serve as interim dean of diversity and equity, the chief diversity officer for UW Bothell. He’ll fulfill the duties during a search expected to take up to 18 months.

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Town Hall review: Feb. 14

Thank you to everyone who attended our town hall on Feb. 14.  I was glad to see about 100 students, faculty and staff at our meeting. We discussed the Student Diversity Center, the campus master plan, enrollment and the budget process.
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Our response to a controversial speaker

There are many in our community who are concerned about this Friday’s speech by Milo Yiannopoulos to be held on the Seattle campus. Although this is not the type of speaker many would invite to any UW campus, we need to fully respect a student group’s right to invite speakers of their choice, even those who are controversial or whose appearance may offend some. I am hopeful that these extreme and divisive opinions will eventually be drowned by the overwhelming majority who believe in the kind of generous and inclusive society reflected in our campus values. 
 
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A home for our diversity center

The UW Bothell Diversity Center now has a home. It will be located on the first floor of UW-1, in space currently occupied by the Student Success Center. We have identified additional space for the important work of the Student Success Center.  As you all know, a diversity center is one of the top priorities of our Diversity Action Plan. I want to thank the  Diversity Center Steering Committee for its dedicated work. This is a major milestone for our campus.

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What does it mean to be a sanctuary?

There has been much discussion throughout the University of Washington community about the concept of a "sanctuary campus."  Let me be clear about my own commitments and those of UW President Ana Mari Cauce: “The University’s policies and commitments are clear and have not changed. We are fully committed to providing a safe, secure and welcoming environment that protects the privacy and human rights of all members of our community.” 

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