Messages to Campus

Message to Campus
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 10:06 am

Dear WWU Employees,  

In response to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus and to protect the health of the community, Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday reinstated a 

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Message to Campus
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 9:26 am

Dear WWU Community,

I would prefer not to be sending you more messages on COVID-19, but our actions are being continually informed by the recent increases in COVID-19 cases due to the highly contagious Delta variant. 

As you may know,

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Message to Campus
Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 4:40 pm

Dear WWU Faculty & Staff,

As more employees make their way back to campus offices and as we prepare for a full campus this fall, I want to encourage you to read the summary of updated community health guidance on Western’s coronavirus information site.

As you likely know, many parts of the country including…

Continue reading Updated COVID Safety Guidelines for Fall
Message to Campus
Monday, July 26, 2021 - 3:46 pm

Dear WWU Community,

During the 2020-21 academic year, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, I appointed a Legacy Review Task Force to examine the history and significance of building and college names on Western’s Bellingham campus with a charge to reconcile the institution’s contemporary commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice with…

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Message to Campus
Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 2:09 pm

Dear WWU Staff,

Recently, the President’s Cabinet met to review evolving guidance from Gov. Inslee for the safe reopening of the state’s college campuses now that COVID-19 hospitalization and infection rates are rapidly declining. As of this week, about 60% of people in Washington 12 years or older are fully vaccinated, and we’re encouraged by the steady…

Continue reading Employee Guidance on Remote/Telework Arrangements
Message to Campus
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 3:51 pm

Over the course of the past year and throughout the public health crisis, Western’s faculty and staff have done an excellent job in delivering on the mission of the university and demonstrating incredible adaptability. I am appreciative of our employees’ commitment to our students and community. This particular communication pertains to compensation for professional staff.

As you’ll recall, the…

Continue reading Update on FY22 Professional Staff Compensation Increase
Message to Campus
Monday, June 14, 2021 - 10:19 am

Dear WWU Faculty & Staff,

In a year that has been unlike any other we have ever experienced, I am very grateful for how our students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters have responded. 

We managed the human, social and economic dimensions of the past year quite well and we delivered on our mission as best as we could,…

Continue reading Year End Message to the Western Community
Message to Campus
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 11:10 am

Dear Western Community,

On Juneteenth 2020, the Black Student Organization (BSO) delivered a set of demands to the Associated Students executive board and to university administration.  At the time, we acknowledged that we can and must do more to…

Continue reading Our Commitment to Black Students, One Year Later
Message to Campus
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 3:52 pm

As I have shared with you recently, we are in the process of establishing an institutional-level Office of Equity, with the more formal change intended with the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2021. Establishing this office honors the many voices who have been speaking for some time about the need to build central ADEI leadership into our organizational…

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Message to Campus
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 4:36 pm

Dear WWU Community,

After careful consideration and assessing the direction taken by several public and private universities both within Washington state and nationally, Western will require COVID vaccinations for students, faculty, and staff before returning to campus for the fall 2021 quarter.  This decision was…

Continue reading Fall 2021 Vaccine Requirements for Students and Employees