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From Sabah: A Statement of Solidarity and Action

WWU President Sabah Randhawa has completed a video titled "A Statement of Solidarity and Action" as a message of support for Western's Black students, faculty and staff in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the protests against racial and social injustice which have swept the country.

WWU President Sabah Randhawa has completed a video titled "A Statement of Solidarity and Action" as a message of support for Western's Black students, faculty and staff in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the protests against racial and social injustice which have swept the country. To watch the video, click here or on the image above.



A NOTE: Many of you are heading to protests this weekend to make your voices heard. Know this: We are proud of you. We support you and your right to speak your truth. But please: Stay safe. Wear your mask, and socially distance whenever and wherever you can. 
 

In Memoriam: Chief Tsi'li'xw Bill James

Bill Tsi’li’xw James, hereditary chief of the Lummi people, was a teacher of culture, language and art who passed on teachings until his last breath.

Sharp in his mind until his passing June 1 at age 75 from a hereditary liver disease, Chief James was stood up as hereditary chief of the Lummi People in 2010, a role for which he was selected and groomed by the heads of Lummi families as a young man. He grew into a formidable spokesman for his people on the front lines of some of the most important fights of a generation, including a successful campaign in 2016 with tribes and their allies to block construction of the largest coal port in North America at Cherry Point.

He brought his people’s culture and way of life to the fight to save the southern resident orca whales from extinction, explaining to an uninitiated public that the orcas are not just black-and-white wildlife, but relatives of the Lummi people. He similarly fought for salmon and the Salish Sea and to protect the ancestors at the ancient village at Cherry Point, not just in everyday terms of land use, but sovereignty.

Read the entire article by Lynda Mapes about the passing of Bill Tsi’li’xw James in the Seattle Times  >>

Campus Life

Office of University Communications spring Visual Journalism interns Cody Clark and Hannah Gordon-Kirk will spend their quarter shedding light on the most unique and challenging academic term in Western's history. They will use their cameras to document the online-only campus experience and show Western's resilience and sense of community in the face of the coronavirus crisis.
The photo above by Hannah Gordon-Kirk shows one of many recently painted bricks on Western’s campus; the message is in honor of Breonna Taylor, who would have turned 27 today. 
In the image below by Cody Clark, Alex Beloate, a Business major from Gig Harbor, works on homework on the lawn outside Old Main. 

See the archive of Spring Campus Life images here  >>

Today is the last day on the job for Office of University Communications interns Cody Clark, Hannah Gordon-Kirk, Jordan Van Beek, Jon Foster, and Colton Rasanen. Well done all, you have done great work!
 

Coronavirus site FAQ updates

Western's coronavirus site is a living document that is getting added to on an hourly basis; we will track the daily changes and additions to the FAQ here so that you can find them more easily.

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Campus News

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Telehealth options available to students

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Off-Campus Living to host series of Q&As about student resources

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Above: A screenshot from a WWU promotional video from the 1980s; click here to see the collection.

MABEL is an online database of collections centered around the past and present of Western Washington University and the Pacific Northwest region. You can find photos, videos, oral histories, and much more to enhance your research and academic studies at mabel.wwu.edu.

State's Lt. Governor's Office issues 'The Washington Mask Challenge'

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How epidemiologists respond to outbreaks

Steve Bennett and his team in South Sudan

What is the difference between viruses and bacteria?

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A virus' worst enemy

"virus killer" bar of soap

New WE Connect platforms brings together recent grads and alumni for career networking

CLIMATE CHANGE: 10 stories of how WWU faculty, staff and students are making a difference

Counseling Center offering remote resources

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Click the image above to check out Gaia, Western's online journal of research, discovery and scholarship! 
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Western rolls out 'Complete Guide to Spring 2020' resource site

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