PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins, Cougar quarterback Jason Gesser and university staff and students met in Lighty Student Services Building this morning (Sept. 12) to sign the Diversity Pledge, part of WSU’s 2nd Annual Diversity Celebration, on Sept. 24.

“This is a statement that causes us to think about what it means to be a part of this community. It contains good values that we ought to endorse,” Rawlins said. “I’m proud to sign it.”

The pledge is a declaration against hate and violence in support of diversity. All members of the Palouse community are invited to express their personal commitment against violence, racism and intolerance by signing the pledge.

Pledge forms are available in Pullman at city hall, the Chamber of Commerce, Neill Public Library and the WSU Visitor Center. Campus locations include the Compton Union Building’s information desk, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Human Relations and Diversity, and the Student Recreation Center. The pledge may also be signed online at www.diversity.wsu.edu.

“This is an opportunity to bring more awareness to issues that affect our campus climate,” said Milton Lang, special assistant to the president. “One person can’t achieve it alone; each person plays an important part.”

The Diversity Celebration begins at 4 p.m., Sept. 24, with an opening reception with complimentary food, refreshments and entertainment at Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. President Rawlins will speak at 5 p.m., with special remarks from WSU students, administrators and community members to follow. “American Voices,” a one-person performance, will begin at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the 2nd Annual Diversity Celebration, call (509) 335-5506 or visit www.diversity.wsu.edu.