53.3 F
Bellingham
Friday, July 3, 2020

President Randhawa sends email linking timeline to address concerns of marginalized students

Photo courtesy of University Communications

By Evan Upchurch

Discussion of Western’s ethnic studies curriculum and academic structure, as well as the addition of online resources for undocumented students, are on the docket for Western this winter as marginalized students push for changes on campus.

These projects were listed in a timeline posted on Western’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion page, which was shared in an email to the Western community by President Sabah Randhawa on Friday, Feb. 8. The timeline also included other projects the university has completed and will be completing in the future to address urgent student needs.

The content shared was part of the university’s response to concerns student groups on campus have expressed about equity and student safety, according to a statement by President Randhawa.

The email came after a student sit-in held on Dec. 3 in which students spoke with President Randhawa about racism, homophobia, safety and other issues on campus following racial and homophobic epithets and threats of sexual violence that appeared on campus in November 2018.

Western has since revised its discrimination complaint procedure, opened a meditation lounge in Wilson Library and hired the first executive director of American Indian/Alaska Native and First Nations Relations and Tribal Liaison to the President, according to the timeline.

The timeline stated that the university is working on safety communications protocols, expanding the number of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus and developing an institution-wide bias education and response program. The email also linked a blog post and a statement from President Randhawa addressing the timeline.

“One of our top priorities for winter 2019 is to understand and address the concerns and needs of students from marginalized identities,” President Randhawa said in his statement.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Here’s one you didn’t think of. Older students on your campus are an after thought. You should talk to them and ask what would make their lives just a little bit easier. Most of the problems have to do with assuming that there is a Mommy and Daddy to go home to. Most older students don’t have that. What do you think breaks look like when you have to stay in an empty dorm and you don’t have enough money for food?

    • I spent an entire winter break on the Ridge by myself. It was very bitter sweet. It’s kind of nice living in an almost entirely empty living community.. but then you can find yourself getting cabin fever. For having no food or money, I recommend getting a job at a restaurant like Subway, it’s doesn’t pay great, but you will have access to cheap ass food with your employee discount.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

3,962FansLike
1,241FollowersFollow
5,458FollowersFollow
0SubscribersSubscribe

Must Read

Sports: Pros and cons of Seahawks’ NFL draft pick Malik McDowell

Why did the Seahawks go after a defensive tackle with their first selection in the 2017 NFL draft? Coming off...

Resident advisers hold open forum with university officials to discuss concerns

Written by: Bram Briskorn and Questen Inghram Over 300 people packed into Arntzen Hall, room 100 as if it were...

Behind the systems: WWU Newman Center forced resignation of student employee after learning of same-sex partner

Student says she was told to break up with her girlfriend or quit her job

Latest News

Want to change how much you pay on student loans?

By Kiana Doyle Student loans — the daunting subject that can strike fear in...

We should be supporting tattoo artists during the pandemic

Flash sheet by Rodney Smartlowit. // Photo courtesy of Rodney Smartlowit Opinion By Kaelin Bell

COVID-19 restrictions on scuba divers

By Jason James There is one local certified scuba shop, Gone Diving, that must...

First-generation graduates impacted by virtual commencement

By Cameron Sires Western students set to graduate in the winter and spring will experience their ceremonies virtually due...

Study groups still happening despite remote learning

Illustration of people studying for finals. // Illustration by Emily Bishop By Emily Bishop

More Articles Like This