This past Thursday we learned that the U.S. Supreme Court turned back an effort to end President Obama’s 2012 Executive Order which provides protections for DACA recipients. This is good news and for now offers us a brief moment to celebrate this decision. We’re provided with an opportunity to hold members of our undocumented community close as we let go some of the frustration, angst and fear that this impending decision was holding over them and their community of loved ones, advocates and allies.
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As we conclude an academic year unlike any other in our history, work to develop the details of our fiscal year 2020-2021 budget (FY21) is concluding.
The year has ended with many things being undetermined. The level of state support we can expect in FY21 is uncertain. Given the challenges facing our Tacoma community, we need to be conservative in our enrollment projections. Our auxiliary income and fees are in suspension.
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Sharon Fought has been named the inaugural dean of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at the University of Washington Tacoma. The unit became a school in 2019.
Dr. Fought's education includes a B.S.N. from the University of Maryland and WRAIN program, a M.S.N. from the University of Texas System School of Nursing and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. Her faculty work has included teaching undergraduate and graduate students in critical care settings as well as RN-BSN students and bioethics for all majors.
UW Tacoma is in the process of moving to Phase 2 of the state’s and the university’s safe start plan.
Although Pierce County has moved to Phase 2, our COVID-19 Prevention Plan is being reviewed and approved by university leadership. Until it is approved, we are still in Phase 1.
There is not much difference between Phase 1 and Phase 2. The main differences are:
As we approach the end of spring quarter, we are confronted daily with news that brings grief, anger, devastation and trauma. Even as we attempt to emerge from a global pandemic lockdown, we are witness to the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and other unarmed Black people.