Communications

Update on Western's Diversity Initiatives

Message to Campus Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:25

Dear Western Community:

Last Fall we provided an update on a number of new diversity-related initiatives at Western.  As we approach the end of our strategic planning process and begin implementation of the plan in the New Year, one thing is clearer than ever: creating and sustaining a more diverse, welcoming and inclusive community for current and future students, faculty and staff is absolutely central to advancing our mission as a university.  For, at the core of that mission lies our commitment to advancing inclusive success: not only welcoming more students from Read more

Follow up on Study Group International Partnership

Message to Campus Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:18

Dear Campus Community,

There has been much discussion recently about the University’s partnership with Study Group to increase international student enrollment at Western, especially as several working groups have recently convened in anticipation of our first international students from this partnership arriving next fall.  Questions have been asked about the operations of the partnership, the terms of the agreement, and its impact on our educational environment. However, the one issue that has made me reflect deeply has been around questions related to shared Read more

The Imperative to Change

Blog Post Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:43

He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.

                -Friedrich Nietzsche

As we near the end of our strategic planning process, we are beginning to see themes emerging in our collective answer to the question, “What should Western be and do in the future?” We will complete the strategic planning process by the end of fall 2017. And then, starting in January, we will begin implementing answers to the question, “How will Western Read more

On Free Expression and Western's Values

Blog Post Mon, 10/09/2017 - 13:50

Many in the Western campus community have become accustomed to receiving emails and campus announcements via Western Today with updates on new initiatives, budgetary issues, aspirational opportunities and other important news.  In an effort to hear more of your suggestions and concerns for our future, I’ve started this blog as a way to engage in more community dialogue.  I will occasionally write about issues that transcend our individual concerns and benefit from collective wisdom, and I encourage you to share your comments for the good of the community. Read more

Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year at Western

Message to Campus Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:24

Dear Western Students,

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!  Whether you are setting foot on campus for the first time or returning home to familiar places and faces, I hope the year ahead is full of engaging learning experiences, self-discovery, and a sense of connection to the community here at Western. 

For those of us who work at Western—more than 2000 faculty and staff serving in a huge variety of roles inside and outside of the classroom—this exciting time of year reminds us of our common purpose, which is to assist and empower your success at Read more

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