Communications

United in solidarity against the attacks in Sri Lanka

Blog Post Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:10

The vicious bombing attacks on Christian worshippers in Sri Lanka over the Easter holiday have sent another shockwave of horror and heartache through the world, only a month after the brutal terrorist assault on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Our deepest condolences go out to victims and survivors, their family and friends, and the Sri Lankan community around the world. 

Once again, individuals who have been grotesquely twisted by the moral cancer of hate and ideological extremism have targeted the innocent.  Once again, people of conscience are united in anguish and Read more

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 to defeat 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 and actionable items 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 and progress of Read more

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