Dear Western Community:
As we begin spring quarter, I`d like to express my deep appreciation for Western`s caring community and for all that you do to make it so. This type of community largely depends on our simple, but crucial recognition of every person`s fundamental value and worth. Our care for one another – as classmates, colleagues, and members of a shared community – defines what makes Western such a meaningful place to learn and work.
You may know that in recent months the number of anti-Semitic actions and threats across our country has Read more
In less than three years, 70 percent of the jobs in Washington State will require some postsecondary education; 33 percent will require a bachelor’s degree or more. President Randhawa and President George Bridges of the Evergreen State College argue that state investment in a world-class K-16 education system will yield a robust return, not just for students, but for our communities, our state and our economy.
As a person who came to the United States as a graduate student from Pakistan in 1978 and who has spent my entire 34-year professional career in service to this great nation, I am disappointed and concerned about the recent federal executive order to ban individuals from seven countries, which are majority Muslim, from entering the United States.
The United States has always been a melting pot of people from around the world and our nation has benefited greatly from the contributions of people who have chosen to pursue education here and in many cases, like mine, to become citizens Read more
Dear Western Community:
Happy New Year, and welcome back to campus! I hope that you had the opportunity to rest and recharge over the holiday break, spend time with family and friends, or just enjoy some downtime between quarters.
Last fall I stated my commitment to listening and learning from you, the students, faculty and staff who are Western, and to expanding my understanding of Western’s strengths as well as the areas in which we can aspire to be better. I had the opportunity to meet with groups from across the university in listening sessions, Read more
Remarks Delivered at the Whatcom Human Rights Taskforce 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights ConferenceSpeech Sun, 01/15/2017 - 16:07
I want to thank the conference committee of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force for inviting me to speak with you today. It’s a privilege. The work that the Task Force does, and that all of you do as educators, advocates, and agents of change has never been more important.
This is an especially significant day of remembrance for the life and legacy of Dr. King, the first after the 2016 election. Dr. Martin Luther King’s message of equality, justice, humanity and social change is especially meaningful this year as we recommit to the process of healing and bringing Read more