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
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 Read more
Dear Western Community,
Our democracy spoke yesterday as it elected Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States. His election concluded a highly contentious and bitter campaign that sadly divided our nation like no other in recent memory. The divisive campaign is over…and we need to start the process of healing and bringing together our communities on our campus and in our nation.
I want to acknowledge feelings of disappointment, confusion, frustration or fear that some members of our community are experiencing at this time. Read more
Dear Western students,
As you are preparing to have a great time on Halloween weekend, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you to take care of yourselves, take care of each other, and be good neighbors in your interactions with the greater Bellingham community.
We hope and expect that you will make good decisions this weekend, but we encourage you to think about more than just your own choices. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, make sure to be looking out for each other, too. These are your friends and classmates. Every single Western Read more
Dear Western Community:
Creating and sustaining a campus that is diverse, inclusive, and welcoming to every single member of our Western community is absolutely central to our mission as a university. During the past academic year Western, with important leadership contributions from our students, has engaged with new urgency in conversations about advancing those goals with concrete action and renewed commitment. As a result of those conversations, a number of new initiatives have been launched, and the purpose of this message is to provide a brief update on their Read more