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Faculty Resources for Inclusion Community Building

Upcoming Opportunity:

2017 URBAN STUDIES FORUM IMMIGRANT LABOR AND THE REGIONAL ECONOMY: Assessing the South Sound’s Prospects as a Welcoming Region
February 16, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
William W. Philip Hall
1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
Washington houses over 900,000 immigrants, accounting for one out of every 7 residents in the state. Nearly 80% of the immigrant population is between the working ages of 16 and 64.  For the native born, this figure stands at 63%. This means that even though immigrants make up 13.2% of the population, they constitute 16.7% of the active workforce, and their contribution to the economy far exceeds their level of workforce participation.  Fifteen percent of all business owners in the state are foreign born, contributing $2.4 billion to the state economy.  Based on the Immigration Policy Institute's report, "Latinos and Asians (both foreign-born and native-born) wield $44.7 billion in consumer purchasing power, and the businesses they own had sales and receipts of $22 billion and employed more than 94,000 people at last count." It is clear that not unlike the nation, the state of Washington and its economy benefit greatly from the global labor migration process. The question is what our state and local governments are doing to be considered 'welcoming regions.' What have we done well, what have we done badly, and what else can we do to remain competitive at the global level for attracting the labor needed for the new economy? These and many other related questions will be discussed by our speakers and panel of experts.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Lunch is provided.
Please contribute resources so that we can learn & grow together!
Send them to your academic unit's Executive Council Representative.

Dear Faculty,

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.


Mark Pendras

Chair, Faculty Assembly

Gracious Space Resources:

Please spread the word in your communities about this opportunity:
Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs 
will be hosting a free citizenship and legal services workshop 
at McCaw Hall on January 20th 2017.
More information can be found here: