Cascadia College President Murray: Special Tuesday Letter, 8/16

 

Special Tuesday Letter, 8-15-17

Dear Campus,

The presidents of the 5-Star Consortium (Cascadia, Edmonds, Everett, Lake Washington, and Shoreline Colleges) had breakfast this morning with the president of WSU. As many of you may have read, one of his students was involved in the incidents that took place over the weekend in Charlottesville.  The WSU community continues to struggle with the idea that one of their own was involved in such hatred.  As well, Ana Mari Cauce (president of UW) published in her blog yesterday a summary of how I am sure we all must feel in our state.  You can read her letter here:

http://www.washington.edu/president/blog/

The joint campus of Cascadia and UW Bothell published last year our pledge to respect every individual in our community. You can find that pledge here:

http://www.cascadia.edu/discover/about/diversity/yourvoice.aspx

We do not waiver from that pledge. It is unfortunate that we live in a world where threats to pluralism, diversity, equity, and social justice exist.  It seems that every week there is a new challenge to our community and its safety.  Yet, I find it fortunate that we work in a campus community that will always strive for inclusion.  We strive to intentionally learn how to facilitate healthy discussion, how to incorporate the backgrounds of all students, and how to be role models for acceptance and inclusion.

Any campus, at any time, can be a target of violence and hate. It is my hope that we are prepared to find a path through such incidents if they occur here.  It is also my hope that we continue to keep our campus pledge foremost in our minds.  This fall we will ask you to again participate in a Cavoline, the third year of our all-campus learning program on Pluralism.  This fall we will again publish the annual Diversity and Equity Summary so you can see the multiple efforts underway at Cascadia to further our commitment to Pluralism.  This year we will continue to work with UW Bothell, as One Campus, to assure that all of our voices are heard and respected.

I hope you will be a part of this movement at Cascadia. And I hope you will share with our students that Cascadia and UW Bothell stand for a set of values that are unshakeable.