Communications

Update on Racist Vandalism on Campus

Message to Campus Mon, 12/03/2018 - 10:52

Dear Campus Community,

I wrote to you after recent racist vandalism and hate-filled slurs appeared on campus. I’d like to take this opportunity to provide an update on activities since those incidents.

As many of you may have seen through an emailed campus advisory and media reports, a Western student was arrested by University Police on Sunday, November 25, 2018 in connection with the recent vandalism. As interim measures, the student, a resident of Western’s Birnam Wood apartment community on campus, was trespassed from all university housing and dining halls, and can Read more

Message Regarding Unacceptable Racist Graffiti on Campus

Message to Campus Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:14

Dear Campus Community:

It has come to my attention that abhorrent racist graffiti has been found on the Wright’s Triangle art installation near Carver, on study abroad posters in Red Square, and in several other interior locations on campus.  I am deeply troubled that hateful and bigoted vandalism by cowardly individuals continues to happen here, in a place where we should all feel safe and welcomed.  I want to be perfectly clear:  hate has absolutely no place on our campus.

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Message to the Campus Community on the Tragedy in Pittsburgh

Message to Campus Sun, 10/28/2018 - 14:23

Dear Western Community,

As you know, over the weekend, a horrendous act of violence killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue. This is the latest in a series of such incidents that have targeted our educational institutions and places of worship, spaces that are expected to be safe places for ALL people.  Our thoughts and condolences go out to the community, families, and law enforcement officers affected by these horrifying events not only in the Pittsburgh area, but in Jewish communities across the country, including here in Bellingham.  If you or someone you know at Read more

Improving Western's Efforts in Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct

Message to Campus Thu, 09/27/2018 - 10:16

To the Western Campus Community:

Western’s most important responsibility is to provide a safe campus environment, an environment free from sexual violence, harassment, and discrimination. Preventing and responding to sexual violence and sexual misconduct is something that universities across the country are struggling to address, and Western is no exception.  It has become increasingly clear to me that Western’s efforts in this area need to be rethought, reorganized, and significantly improved. I have spoken with Western students, faculty, and staff who experience a lack of Read more

Welcome to the 2018 Academic Year at Western!

Message to Campus Wed, 09/26/2018 - 10:43

Dear Western Students,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 academic year!  Whether this is your first year at Western or your last, I hope you are as excited as I am by the opportunities the lie ahead to learn about others, ourselves, and the world we share. 

Supporting your success both in and out of the classroom is the primary mission of Western, and it’s a commitment shared by more than 2000 faculty and staff in a wide variety of roles.  Please know there are many resources at Western to support you in Read more

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