UW Announces First Latina President: Ana Mari Cauce
Monday, November 2, 2015
The University of Washington Board of Regents has selected Interim President Ana Mari Cauce to be the 33rd president of the University of Washington. She is the first woman to be named to the position and the first Latina.
“President Cauce has proven over the past seven months serving in an interim capacity to be an extraordinary leader,” board chair Bill Ayer said in a message to the UW community. “Her dedication to the UW is unparalleled.”
Yahoo News reported: "We take kids of modest means and propel them out into the universe," said Cauce, who had always wanted to be a teacher and didn't really imagine becoming a university president, even eight months ago. Born in Cuba, she left the country with her family during the revolution when she was 3 years old. Her father had been minister of education in Cuba.
The Yakima Herald (Yakima, WA) reports: Cauce, 59, joined the UW faculty in 1986 as an assistant professor of psychology and rose to become the university's provost and executive vice president before being named interim president.
The decision and announcement follows a student march in late February of this year, as Huffington Post reported: "to deliver a list of demands for a more equitable school, including bringing affirmative action back to admissions and actively recruiting diverse students and supporting them to stay on campus till graduation. Students in the march said others shouted racial slurs at them as they walked down Greek row.
Ana Mari Cauce, the university's interim president, decided to tackle the allegations and demands head on.
She launched a "Race and Equity Initiative" to actively encourage dialogue and improvements across campus. The program, which she hopes will last at least a year, is aimed at making the campus a more equitable place, and Cauce hopes the increased cohesion will benefit all its members.
Read the University of Washington full press release here: "UW Regents name Ana Mari Cauce president"