Messages to Campus

Message to Campus
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 3:16 pm

Dear WWU Students and Families,

We hope you are all well and safe. I am writing to provide an update as you prepare for fall quarter.

You will recall that in May, Western’s Fall Academic Planning Group recommended a hybrid model of instruction with most classes offered remotely and approximately 20% of classes offered in person.  Unfortunately, since that time infection rates have…

Continue reading WWU Fall 2020 Update from the President
Message to Campus
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 12:52 pm

Dear Western Washington University Community,

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision that blocks the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  We applaud this decision, especially at a time when so many DACA recipients are performing essential work on the front lines of our nation’s fight against COVID-19.

Continue reading Regarding the Supreme Court Decision to Uphold DACA
Message to Campus, Video
Friday, June 5, 2020 - 6:34 am
Message to Campus
Friday, May 29, 2020 - 10:55 am

Dear Western Community,

In the midst of this pandemic, as we all struggle with loss and fear, we have seen the disproportionate impact of the virus on communities of color and been confronted with the painful evidence of inequity which persists all around us. In the last weeks we have also seen racist violence end the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, and threaten the life of Christian Cooper. The multiplication of threats…

Continue reading Racial Violence has No Place in Our Communities
Message to Campus
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 9:30 am

Dear Western Community,

I want to start by acknowledging the complexities in communication during this unprecedented time.   Since none of us has definitive solutions or timelines as we navigate this unfolding crisis, I know that my messages can trigger more questions than answers.  At the same time, I expect that most of you are looking for as much information as possible and an understanding of the decision-making process…

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Message to Campus
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 9:28 am

This message was sent to the Western Community as a WWU Campus Advisory on May 12, 2020

 

Dear WWU Community, 

I know that one of the biggest questions on the minds of student and their families, and faculty and staff alike, is will we return to face-to-face operations in fall quarter?  Needless to say, this involves a highly complex set of decisions that require planning for…

Continue reading Plans for Fall Quarter
Message to Campus
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 8:27 am

Dear Western Community,

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education released its long-awaited final regulations governing campus sexual assault under Title IX, the law prohibiting sex discrimination at federally funded institutions.

The regulations will be the first Title IX guidance published by the Office of Civil Rights to go through a formal notice-and-comment process since 1997, and…

Continue reading Regarding New U.S. Department of Ed Title IX Regulations 
Message to Campus, Speech
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 8:25 am

(A video of the 2018 Opening Convocation Ceremony is available herePresident Randhawa's remarks begin at 24:30.)

Good morning and welcome to the start of Western’s 125th academic year.

I would like to begin by acknowledging that we are gathered on the ancestral homelands of Indigenous Peoples who have lived in the Salish Sea basin and the North Cascades watershed from time…

Continue reading Opening Convocation Address to Faculty & Staff Fall 2018
Message to Campus
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 5:00 pm

Dear Western Community:

Today we are announcing that all classes and instruction will be offered remotely throughout spring quarter on our main campus, and…

Continue reading Coronavirus Update for March 19: WWU Spring Quarter Entirely Online
Message to Campus
Friday, March 13, 2020 - 12:21 pm

Dear Western Community,

Over the past few weeks, our regular work at the university has been totally overshadowed by COVID-19.  You have received several messages from me and Vice President Melynda Huskey, chair of Western’s Incident Command System Team.  The intent of my message today is to share with you our plans for the start of spring quarter 2020 and to summarize and remind you of the various actions we have taken over the past two weeks…

Continue reading Coronavirus Update and Plans for Spring Quarter