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WSU Vancouver to host national library initiative
March 27, 2006

WSU Vancouver will host “Many voices, one nation, one night @ your library,” an engaging evening in which community members are invited to join faculty and staff in reading aloud from book passages that represent the community’s rich heritage, on Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Library Building, Room 100.Faculty, staff and students will share their favorite writings while celebrating the community’s diversity.The event is part of a national “Many voices, one nation @ your library” initiative taking place in libraries across the country on April 3. This program provides a unique opportunity to share WSU Vancouver’s diverse literary heritage with members of the … » More …

Building a united community topic of WSU workshop
April 11, 2005

International consultant, author and playwright Deryl G. Hunt will speak at Washington State University on Friday (April 15) on the subject “From Diversity to Unity to Community.”The talk will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the Compton Union Building Auditorium on the Pullman campus.Hunt is known for his ability to motivate people to work together with the goal of forming a united community.Based in Florida, Hunt is the chief executive officer of Inclusive Community Building Productions Inc. and is a consultant to the Margaret McDonald Public Management and Administration Centre in Nassau, Bahamas.He is also an adjunct professor at Florida Memorial University, Miami. It was … » More …

Tate to continue as VP for equity, diversity
April 8, 2005

Michael J. Tate, who became interim vice president for equity and diversity for Washington State University in September 2004, has agreed to remain in the position on a permanent basis. “Our regents, our internal administration and many other groups have been deeply impressed with the vigor, energy and expertise in community building that Dr. Tate has applied to this position and with the early results,” President V. Lane Rawlins said. “We are clearly developing momentum and commitment under Dr. Tate’s leadership, but there is much work to be done before the area is fully organized. Therefore, I am asking Dr. Tate to remain in this … » More …

Center for Human Rights appoints Raul Sánchez
January 7, 2005

Washington State University officials did not have to look far to find the next leader for the Center for Human Rights. Raúl Sánchez has accepted an 18-month interim appointment to direct the office, which monitors the university’s hiring practices and affirmative-action efforts. His appointment began Jan. 3.His previous experience includes four years as the special assistant to the president for diversity and human rights at the University of Idaho. That position was eliminated in 2003 due to budget cuts. He maintained an adjunct faculty appointment at UI’s School of Law and last fall began working part-time in WSU’s Center for Human Rights (CHR).Sánchez is a … » More …

King to Speak at MLK Opening Event
December 17, 2004

Motivational speaker and actress Yolanda King will lecture and perform a one-woman show Jan. 12 at Washington State University in the first of a series of Pullman and Moscow events celebrating the life and work of her father, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.King will perform “Trippin’: A Journey Home” at 7 p.m. at WSU’s Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum as part of her presentation, “Multicultural Diversity ~ The New Frontier.” The event is free and open to the public. A reception for King will follow at the University of Idaho, at which groups may reserve tables. For details about reservations and tickets, contact UI’s … » More …

Bledsoe finds his niche as multicultural advocate
December 3, 2004

For nearly five years, James Bledsoe has worked to serve multicultural students at Washington State University. After about a year as coordinator of multi-ethnic relations in the Admissions Office, he recently was hired by the Office of Multicultural Student Services as counselor in the African American Student Center. The new job is a coming home of sorts, since Bledsoe worked as a recruiter in MSS for three years before transferring to Admissions.“After working as a recruiter for about four or five years and helping students come to this university, it’s very nice to now be able to help them achieve academic success,” said Bledsoe.“The fact … » More …

Cluster hiring strategy creating diverse faculty
December 3, 2004

Bernardo Gallegos was WSU’s first “cluster hire.” Gallegos started in August as the College of Education’s Distinguished Professor of Multicultural Education. However, the cluster hire program that brought him to Pullman actually began several years ago, in discussions between Provost Robert C. Bates and Dean Judy Mitchell of the College of Education.To further the university’s goal of recruiting faculty with expertise in teaching about multicultural issues and to diversify the curriculum, Mitchell offered a new strategy. She suggested hiring a cluster of five faculty in multicultural education, including a well-respected senior faculty member who could lead the entire college to new heights.The provost agreed, but … » More …

Survey: Most satisfied with campus climate
November 12, 2004

The majority of students, faculty and staff at Washington State University feel positive about the campus climate. WSU administrators have drawn this conclusion from the results of a comprehensive survey that the president’s office initiated last spring.Nearly 75 percent of the student respondents say the climate is positive. “Students do in fact value diversity and feel it has great impact on their lives,” says Tom Brigham, assistant to the president and professor of psychology. Although previous efforts have been made to assess WSU’s climate, President V. Lane Rawlins intends this one to serve as a baseline for future surveys. “It is important for us to … » More …

New diversity chief sets up shop
October 15, 2004

There is much work to do and little time to waste. That is the perspective that Michael Tate, interim vice president for Equity and Diversity, is taking as he begins to orchestrate diversity efforts at Washington State University. Tate was appointed by President V. Lane Rawlins to fill a new position aimed at strengthening WSU’s diversity programs and activities.”Recognizing and appreciating the diversity in our culture is an important ingredient in quality higher education,” Rawlins said. “The new position of vice president for Equity and Diversity was created to help us identify the necessary steps we must take to be a recognized leader in promoting … » More …

‘WSU must prepare students for the real world
August 20, 2004

Enhancing learning and improving quality at Washington State University are the common goals of all who work here. That includes Michael J. Tate, the new interim vice president for equity and diversity, appointed this summer by President V. Lane Rawlins. He will start the job on Sept. 1.Although he hasn’t yet had time to formulate specific goals or initiatives, Tate does have a well-formed philosophy on the importance of equity and diversity in providing a quality education. “Universities are learning communities,” Tate said, “where students, faculty and staff explore new discoveries and horizons.” That environment is enhanced by a diversity of ideas and people, he … » More …