Dear Western Community:
Happy New Year, and welcome back to campus! I hope that you had the opportunity to rest and recharge over the holiday break, spend time with family and friends, or just enjoy some downtime between quarters.
Last fall I stated my commitment to listening and learning from you, the students, faculty and staff who are Western, and to expanding my understanding of Western’s strengths as well as the areas in which we can aspire to be better. I had the opportunity to meet with groups from across the university in listening sessions, Read more
Remarks Delivered at the Whatcom Human Rights Taskforce 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights ConferenceSpeech Sun, 01/15/2017 - 16:07
I want to thank the conference committee of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force for inviting me to speak with you today. It’s a privilege. The work that the Task Force does, and that all of you do as educators, advocates, and agents of change has never been more important.
This is an especially significant day of remembrance for the life and legacy of Dr. King, the first after the 2016 election. Dr. Martin Luther King’s message of equality, justice, humanity and social change is especially meaningful this year as we recommit to the process of healing and bringing Read more
Dear Western Community,
I welcome everyone back from Thanksgiving break and hope that you had a relaxing and enjoyable time with family and friends.
As I took time during the break to reflect on my first four months at Western I could not help but give thanks for this new community that Uzma and I are privileged to call home. The weeks prior to the break showed us what this Western community is all about, one in which students, faculty and staff reach out and strive to care for one another.
Within that spirit I feel it is important for me to re-enforce Read more