Dear Campus Community,
In response to my recent message “Nurturing a Safe Campus Community,” I received several questions on the issue of gun violence, which I believe justifies a follow-up email on this important issue. We have all been affected by the images of enraged, scared and exhausted students, parents and educators wondering what can be done to stop school shootings like the most recent incident that claimed the lives of 17 people at a Florida high school.
First, I want to remind you that, per state law ( Read more
Dear Western Campus Community:
Like many of you, I have been deeply troubled in recent weeks by challenges that continue to affect many in our community, namely the continuing scourge of sexual misconduct and the lack of progress toward permanent protection for Dreamers. I’d like to take this moment to remind you of the safeguards we have in place at Western, and to invite you to join me in identifying and eliminating sexual abuse and violence, and protecting our most vulnerable community members. Keeping our community safe must be our number one priority, and it is an Read more
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
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
He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.
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