The gay Cuban-American breaking barriers in Washington
June 1, 2016

Photo: University of Washington
Ana Mari Cauce told her students about her own struggles against prejudice and intolerance  

University leaders might talk about the virtues of diversity but they don’t often embody it.

When vice chancellors and presidents are gathered together, they often match the stereotypes of being grey, male and pale.

But not Ana Mari Cauce, president of the University of Washington in Seattle in the United States.

As well as being a first lady in Washington – as in the first female president of this major US university – she is also Cuban-American and gay.

It gives her a different perspective on the wave of protests about race and identity that have hit US university campuses.


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