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
September 20, 2017
Thank you, Allison, for your kind introduction. It has been an honor to work with you, last year’s Senate President Kristen Larson, and the Faculty Senate leadership during my first year as Western president. The Faculty Senate, and the more than 900 faculty it represents, are at the center of our shared aspirations for Western Washington University. I want to thank you—our faculty, for your work to educate our students and help them realize their greatest potential.
I am pleased to be joined by leaders with whom I Read more
Dear Western Community,
As you have likely heard, the Trump administration this morning announced its plans to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program and phase it out over the next six months, calling on Congress to replace the policy with legislation. Since the program began in 2012 with the Obama administration, nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors have been granted protection under DACA.
As I mentioned in my message last week, Western Washington University has been, and Read more
Dear Western Community,
As you are probably aware, there is talk about ending or changing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Western Washington University has been, and continues to be, strongly opposed to ending a program that provides hope and opportunity for more than 800,000 young people across the country, including many Western students, their families and friends. We are working with other universities in Washington State, and around the country, to collectively urge the Trump Administration to leave DACA in place unchanged.Read more
Dear Western Colleagues:
Like you, I have been deeply saddened by the images of devastation in the Houston area from Hurricane Harvey. The loss of life and injury, the homes destroyed and families displaced is beyond imagining, and continues. Also tragic is the knowledge that the receding floodwaters will leave behind a new host of serious public health issues, not to mention the tremendous challenges of restoring basic services and utilities before the rebuilding process can even begin. For those who have family or friends affected by the storm, please know that our Read more