Faculty Resources for Inclusion Community Building
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
William W. Philip Hall
1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
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I would like to take a moment to reflect on the recent election results and how they impact our campus. Whatever one’s political leanings, we can recognize that the recent election was charged with language of hatred and exclusion. That is not new to electoral politics but this year it was especially sharp and personal. It is likely that many people are feeling unsettled and uncertain about how the negative language, environment, and actions will continue now that the formal election has been decided.
We need to affirm that our campus is a place of and for civility and inclusion, where ideas are shared openly, where difference and diversity are honored and valued, where we treat each other with respect, and where we share the hope of unity and social justice. Part of the articulated campus vision is that UW Tacoma “fosters a thriving and equitable society by educating diverse learners and expanding knowledge through partnership and collaboration with all our communities." Now is a time when we need to put in the hard work to realize this vision, through talking, listening, being brave, and acting together.
Some events are being planned for today (4pm in the Center for Equity and Inclusion, WCG 104) and after that will hopefully provide some spaces for positive conversations and solidarity. It is also good to keep in mind additional resources available on our campus. Faculty, students, and staff can reach out to the Counseling Center, the Center for Equity and Inclusion, the University Ombud, or Campus Safety & Security for assistance as needed.
This is a challenging time for civil discourse. Our hope is that we can work together to confront this challenge and advance our campus as a space for equity, inclusion, and peace.
Chair, Faculty Assembly
Gracious Space Resources:
UW Teaching & Learning Center: Post-Election resources & support