Messages to Campus

Message to Campus
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - 5:07 pm

Dear Western Faculty & Staff, 

As we reach the halfway point of the academic year, I’d like to pause and reflect on the year so far and the work ahead of us.   

Uzma and I recently traveled overseas to visit family for the first time since the start of the COVID pandemic.  While it was refreshing to see people and cultures beyond our borders, I was also struck by issues of political instability and extremism. While we face many pressing issues closer to home, I am…

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Message to Campus
Friday, January 27, 2023 - 5:12 pm

Dear Western Community,

As the nation anticipates the release of body cam footage this evening revealing the senseless murder of Tyre Nichols at the hands of law enforcement, many of us will be processing our grief and anger over the death of another young Black man. We are also in mourning for the loss of members of our Asian-American communities in California.  

The utter disregard for basic human life is at odds with our commitment to create a society where equity, justice…

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Message to Campus
Thursday, January 19, 2023 - 10:41 am

Last week, ProPublica published a report and database which included data from Western, covering the holdings of Native American ancestral remains in museums and universities across the country and the progress that they have made in repatriating their collections to their rightful Indigenous communities, under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). In its essence, NAGPRA enables a…

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Message to Campus
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 1:14 pm

Dear WWU Community,

As the end of fall quarter and the holiday season rapidly approaches, managing school commitments, upholding job responsibilities, and finding time to engage in self-care and community well-being can be difficult. This has been made especially difficult recently with the multiple acts of violence we have witnessed in the past few months in our local, national, and…

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Message to Campus
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 8:20 am

Dear Western Students,

Welcome to a new school year!

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Message to Campus
Monday, September 12, 2022 - 9:59 am

Dear WWU Faculty & Staff,

June 23, 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, and throughout this academic year the Western community will be celebrating this important milestone and acting on our commitment to a safe, inclusive university community.  Since its enactment, Title IX has had an enduring impact on gender equity by revolutionizing women’s…

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Message to Campus
Friday, June 24, 2022 - 12:36 pm

Dear Western Community,

Like many of you, I was deeply distressed to wake up this morning and see that the Supreme Court had overturned Roe v. Wade.

Over the past 49 years since that landmark decision, a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion before viability has become embedded in the fabric…

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Message to Campus
Friday, June 10, 2022 - 8:03 am

Dear WWU Community,

I am very pleased to share the news that Dr. Jacqueline Hughes has accepted our offer to become Western’s first Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director of the Office of Equity. 

Jacqueline will oversee the newly created Office of Equity, which brings together two complementary functions—compliance, and community education and development—and…

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Message to Campus
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 3:48 pm

Dear WWU Community,

Yet again, we find ourselves mourning following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas yesterday.  My heart breaks for the families who have lost a loved one due to this senseless act of violence, and for all of us impacted by the many tragedies coming so close together.

Too many American lives have been lost…

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Message to Campus
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 9:27 am

Dear Western Community,

As you undoubtedly know, this weekend in a neighborhood supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., an 18-year-old gunman shot 13 people, killing 10 of them. Eleven of his victims were Black.  The gunman responsible for this latest mass shooting in America spent months meticulously planning his attack and posted a racist manifesto online, the content of which makes clear that…

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