Messages to Campus
As we close the academic year, it is a time to celebrate our graduates, the most important contribution Western makes to our communities and our world. It is also a time to be grateful – for the engaged students, faculty and staff that make Western such a special place. And, it is a time to pause for reflection and learning from the year just passed.
Over the academic year, the campus community has engaged in important and difficult conversations, as students rightly…Continue reading Year End Message to the Western Community: The Change Imperative
Dear Campus Community:
Earlier this week I sent a message about the sit-in at the President’s office conducted by over 200 students on Monday to raise critical concerns of students of color and students who hold intersecting marginalized identities. In that message I mentioned that there would be a follow-up dialogue on Friday, but did not provide specifics, since those details were not yet…Continue reading Student-Led Forum Today in Fraser Hall 102 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Dear Western Campus Community:
Yesterday, approximately 200 students of color and other students of marginalized identities, along with their allies, conducted a sit-in for about six hours in the President’s office and the hallway of Old Main. Although I was in Seattle attending to other duties during the day, I joined them last night for about three hours of tough, but important, dialogue.
Much of what these students said about their experiences at Western was heart-…Continue reading Regarding Yesterday's Student Demonstration: I Hear You
Dear Campus Community,
I wrote to you after recent racist vandalism and hate-filled slurs appeared on campus. I’d like to take this opportunity to provide an update on activities since those incidents.
As many of you may have seen through an emailed campus advisory and media reports, a Western student was arrested by University Police on Sunday, November 25, 2018 in connection with the recent vandalism. As interim measures, the student, a resident of Western’s Birnam…Continue reading Update on Racist Vandalism on Campus
Dear Campus Community:
It has come to my attention that abhorrent racist graffiti has been found on the Wright’s Triangle art installation near Carver, on study abroad posters in Red Square, and in several other interior locations on campus. I am deeply troubled that hateful and bigoted vandalism by cowardly individuals continues to happen here, in a place where we should all feel safe and welcomed. I want to be perfectly clear: hate has absolutely no place on our…Continue reading Message Regarding Unacceptable Racist Graffiti on Campus
Dear Western Community,
As you know, over the weekend, a horrendous act of violence killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue. This is the latest in a series of such incidents that have targeted our educational institutions and places of worship, spaces that are expected to be safe places for ALL people. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the community, families, and law enforcement officers affected by these horrifying events not only in the Pittsburgh area, but in Jewish…Continue reading Message to the Campus Community on the Tragedy in Pittsburgh
To the Western Campus Community:
Western’s most important responsibility is to provide a safe campus environment, an environment free from sexual violence, harassment, and discrimination. Preventing and responding to sexual violence and sexual misconduct is something that universities across the country are struggling to address, and Western is no exception. It has become increasingly clear to me that Western’s efforts in this area need to be rethought, reorganized, and…Continue reading Improving Western's Efforts in Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct
Dear Western Students,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 academic year! Whether this is your first year at Western or your last, I hope you are as excited as I am by the opportunities the lie ahead to learn about others, ourselves, and the world we share.
Supporting your success both in and out of the classroom is the primary mission of Western, and it’s a commitment shared by more than 2000 faculty and staff in a wide variety of roles. Please know…Continue reading Welcome to the 2018 Academic Year at Western!
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 immemorial, in…Continue reading Opening Convocation Address to Faculty & Staff Fall 2018
June 19, 2018
To the Campus Community:
As the regular academic year comes to a close and our campus community shifts into the distinct rhythms of summer, I want to thank you for your continued commitment and contributions to advance Western. I often comment that our graduates are the most important contribution we make to society. To deliver on this promise, we just graduated almost 2,200 students during our spring Commencement ceremonies. As I participated in Commencement, I…Continue reading Year End Message to the Western Campus Community