"Western and higher education institutions across the country have a moral imperative to expand access to higher education, particularly for students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. But we have an added responsibility that goes beyond access; we need to ensure success is attainable for all students as well. Advancing access and success for all students is one of the most courageous and concrete ways to ensure equity, inclusion, and opportunity."

Sabah Randhawa

Latest Communications

A Timeline for Change

Blog Post Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:03

As I promised a few weeks ago in my last blog post on recent conversations with student groups, we have posted an updated Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website  (www.wwu.edu/diversity).  On this page, you’ll see a timeline that captures a list of the major projects completed, currently underway, and to be addressed in response to urgent needs put forth by various student groups. 

This is not an exhaustive list, but represents the most pressing Read more

Recent Conversations with Student Groups

Blog Post Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:25

As I wrote in my blog about Western’s top priorities for winter quarter, one of our top priorities for Winter 2019 is to understand and address the concerns and needs of students from marginalized identities.

Over the past couple of weeks, members of my administrative team and I have had conversations with several groups, including students representing some of Western’s LGBTQ+ clubs, and leaders from the Black Student Union, the Afro-Caribbean Club, the LatinX Student Club, the Native American Student Union, Undocumented Read more

Moving Forward in 2019

Blog Post Wed, 01/09/2019 - 13:41

Dear Western Community:

Happy New Year, and welcome back to campus!  I hope that you had a great holiday break, with ample opportunity to recharge and enjoy time with family and friends. 

As we enter winter quarter and a new year, I’d like to share some of the priorities that are of highest importance to me, and invite you to share your thoughts, suggestions and questions on these priorities below.  I hope you’ll check back often to learn about progress and share your suggestions as we move forward together in a spirit of determination to make lasting change Read more

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