Communications

Update from the President - January 2017

Message to Campus Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:29

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 Conference

Speech 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

Western's Commitment to Our Undocumented Students

Message to Campus Mon, 11/28/2016 - 14:26

Dear Western Community,

I welcome everyone back from Thanksgiving break and hope that you had a relaxing and enjoyable time with family and friends.

As I took time during the break to reflect on my first four months at Western I could not help but give thanks for this new community that Uzma and I are privileged to call home.  The weeks prior to the break showed us what this Western community is all about, one in which students, faculty and staff reach out and strive to care for one another. 

Within that spirit I feel it is important for me to re-enforce Read more

Remarks to the Bellingham Leadership Forum, November 17, 2016

Speech Wed, 11/23/2016 - 11:04

Thank you for being here today at the Western Leadership Forum.  Still being new to Bellingham, I see many new faces in the audience, in addition to familiar ones who have already graciously welcomed Uzma and me to Bellingham.  I look forward to learning more from all of you about our community’s needs, and how Western can be a stronger partner in helping to meet them.     

I’ve been thinking about the many dimensions of leadership that bring us together today.  At the top of the list, of course, is the opportunity to learn from one of Read more

Our Commitment to a Safe and Supportive Campus

Message to Campus Fri, 11/18/2016 - 15:49

Dear Western Community,

Over the past week, I have had the opportunity to talk with numerous students, faculty and staff. I have appreciated those conversations where they have expressed their sentiments and heartfelt emotions. I have also appreciated the peaceful gatherings, conversations and forums in which our students have engaged during this time.

Nevertheless, several students and members of the Western community from diverse backgrounds and identities have shared with me their continuing feeling of fear for themselves and their future. I have heard concerns about Read more

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