Communications

On the Tragic Racist Violence in New Zealand

Blog Post Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:36

Dear Campus Community:

I am certain that I speak for all of us in condemning the horrific and heartbreaking terrorist violence perpetrated against Muslim worshippers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  This beautiful and peaceful country now joins scores of other countries, including our own, where terror attacks have targeted Muslims in their place of worship.  There can be no place in our societies for vile ideologies that incite hatred and fear. 

This should remind all of us of the work that we must continue to do on campus and in our communities Read more

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

Student-Led Forum Today in Fraser Hall 102 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Message to Campus Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:19

Dear Campus Community:

Earlier this week I sent a message about the sit-in at the President’s office conducted by over 200 students on Monday to raise critical concerns of students of color and students who hold intersecting marginalized identities.  In that message I mentioned that there would be a follow-up dialogue on Friday, but did not provide specifics, since those details were not yet determined.

Today, Friday December 7th, there will be a student-led Read more

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