Office of the President

Remembering Jason Washington - July 29, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

I am writing to you as I contemplate a sad and difficult day in the university’s history. Two years ago, Jason Washington was killed in a Campus Police Officer-involved shooting. Mr. Washington was a husband, father, grandfather, dedicated public servant and a Navy veteran. His tragic death caused profound trauma, and our campus community continues to mourn his loss.  

We are working with the Washington family to establish the Jason Washington Memorial Scholarship to honor Mr. Washington, and we will be commissioning an art piece on campus as a memorial to this tragic loss of life. These are critical steps on our collective healing journey and provide lasting reminders that from grief and tragedy we must learn and we must change. 

Our path to healing, learning and changing will include significant work at PSU, including considering our approaches to campus safety and taking a bold look at the ways systemic racism and anti-blackness show up on our campus. 

I join our community in honoring Jason Washington, whose valuable life was lost too soon.


Stephen Percy

Portland State University 


Like the rest of the country, the PSU community is reeling in response to the death of George Floyd. Thousands of Oregonians have been participating in peaceful protests in the city and across the state, including many from our PSU community. 

In the spirit of reflection, PSU President Stephen Percy reached out to Ame Lambert who later this summer will join Portland State as Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion to talk about the current environment, PSU’s role in pursuing social justice and how best to support the campus community. 

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