We hope you have had a successful start to the new year, despite the challenges posed by the strife in our country and the continued suffering caused by the pandemic. In advance of the spring quarter time schedule being posted this Friday, we are writing to share the plans for the Tacoma campus this spring, as well as our intent to return to in-person instruction this fall.
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This week we celebrate the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We honor his legacy during a time that has felt so uncertain and heavy for so many in our communities. The armed violent insurrection that took place in Washington D.C. has brought great pain, fear, anguish, and condemnation of the terror that was wrought on our nation’s capital. This moment in time compels us to renew our commitment to complete Dr. King’s unfinished work which is to end long-standing forms of racial and economic injustice and all forms of violence that uphold white supremacy.
As the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Capitol and its horrific effects began to set in, my heart and spirit grew even sadder and wearier. However, I quickly came to realize that I could not let these feelings of despair overwhelm me. I am more than ever emboldened to stand strong against these acts and everything they represent.
I want to take a moment again this year to extend my deepest thanks to all of you. Your dedication and generosity to the University of Washington Tacoma is reflected in every gift we receive. COVID has not slowed down the ongoing commitment of faculty, staff, alumni, friends and donors. Collectively, we have been able to finish a successful 10-year long Be Boundless campaign, realize our community-centered mission and provide great experiences for our students at UW Tacoma. Thank you so much for your support that has made these goals possible to achieve.
It is hard to believe that we are already almost at the end of the fall 2020 academic quarter. With all that is going on in the world and here in our local region, I continue to be humbled by and immensely proud of all you are doing to fulfill the promise to our students of an excellent UW education.
Given the context of these times, the impact so far on the UW Tacoma budget has been relatively manageable. In this message, I want to give you an update on our financial health and the planning that is happening now to prepare us for the future.
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