RICHLAND, Wash. – Regional community members, students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a feedback session and workshop to identify goals for a new Washington State University Tri‑Cities Center for Inclusion and Student Success from noon–2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in Floyd 140.

During the whole event, individuals can drop by to share their thoughts on what inclusion means to them, what they want in an inclusion center, how they want the center to look and function, as well as what resources would allow for the greatest success for students and others who use the center.

At 1 p.m., WSU Tri‑Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes will provide a short presentation, which will be followed by remarks by Mary Jo Gonzales, WSU Vice President of Student Affairs, as well as student leaders with the Associated Students of WSU Tri‑Cities.

Lunch will be provided from noon–2:00 p.m. as part of the event.

“After over a year of planning and listening to the campus community, we are very excited to make the center a reality,” said Chris Meiers, vice chancellor of student affairs. “This is a great opportunity for both our general and campus communities to provide their feedback for the fall opening and to celebrate this milestone for our campus.”

ASWSUTC Vice President Savanna Kresse said the center will provide an immense resource for students from a variety of backgrounds.

“This is a way for us to grow inclusivity efforts at WSU Tri‑Cities by having a space for students to authentically be themselves and to ensure that they get the resources they need,” she said. “The Inclusion Center also allows students to share and celebrate their diversity as well as connect with others who are both similar and different from themselves.”

The Center for Inclusion and Student Success is set to open in Fall of 2019.

Media contacts:

  • Chris Meiers, WSU Tri‑Cities vice chancellor for student affairs, 509‑372‑7381, chris.meiers@wsu.edu
  • Maegan Murray, WSU Tri‑Cities public relations specialist, 509‑372‑7333, maegan_murray@wsu.edu