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President calls for nominees for race commission

University President V. Lane Rawlins has announced the establishment of a Commission on Race and Ethnicity at Washington State University and called for nominations of faculty, students and staff to serve on the commission. The major functions of the commission will be to: • Serve as a forum for communicating concerns, issues, ideas and proposals related to minority affairs to the university president, provost, vice president for Student Affairs, vice provost for Equity and Diversity, and other executive officers; • Advise the president, provost, vice president for Student Affairs, vice provost for Equity and Diversity, and other executive officers on matters related to the advancement … » More …

IALC adds to revenue, diversity

About 1,000 foreign students enroll at Washington State University each year, bringing the university different academic perspectives and cultural diversity, as well as a number of enrollment challenges, including the need for language training. The Intensive American Language Center, which works at the heart of this effort to help students adapt to the English language, recently calculated that those students also represent a “revenue-generating” source for the university. “It has been estimated that the class of IALC students who entered WSU in 2002 has the potential of generating $857,660 in tuition and $1,669,540 in total revenue before they finish their degrees here,” said Robert Harder, … » More …

Diversity in business featured in lecture

Gerry Fernandez, founder and president of the MultiCultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), will speak on “The Business Case for Diversity” at 3:30 p.m., Oct. 1 in Todd Auditorium. A reception will precede the lecture at 3 p.m. in the Todd Atrium.MFHA is an educational non-profit organization that promotes the economic benefits of multicultural diversity in the restaurant, foodservice and lodging industry. Under his leadership, MFHA has become the industry’s main source for multicultural information and is considered one of hospitality’s elite organizations. Fernandez conducts lectures, workshops and strategy sessions for some of America’s best-known companies, organizations and brands. An accomplished restaurateur and foodservice professional, … » More …

Slaughter targets diversity

John Slaughter, president and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, will deliver the keynote address at the WSU Faculty Honors Convocation this afternoon, Friday, March 28. He will speak about “Diversity: An Opportunity, Not a Challenge.”The convocation is set to begin at 4:10 p.m. in Bryan Hall Auditorium as part of “World Class. Face to Face. SHOWCASE.” Slaughter is a former director of the National Science Foundation, president of Occidental College in Los Angeles and chancellor at the University of Maryland, College Park. His long and distinguished background as a leader in the education, engineering and the scientific communities includes serving … » More …

Moving beyond the Attic

Results and recommendations are in from two month-long reviews of the Sept. 8 Attic incident involving the Pullman City Police Department’s handling of a fight among a small group of WSU students at the Top of China restaurant/Attic nightclub. And this week, leaders from WSU and the City of Pullman have committed to work with one another and university students to improve community relations, trust, understanding, communications and law enforcement to ensure that future incidents like this do not occur. On Oct. 29, city and university leaders culminated the review process, agreeing to a proposal from the Department of Justice to support and participate in … » More …

Additional Attic investigation requested by Pullman police

The regional director for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service arrived in Pullman Tuesday morning to review and assess the handling of a fight at the Attic nightclub and the adjoining Top of China restaurant on Sept. 8 by the Pullman Police Department. The occurrence, which involved the use of pepper spray, is said to have affected up to 300 people at the club. Some students contend the use of pepper spray was excessive force and that the decision was influenced by race.Involvement by the U.S. Department of Justice came in response to a request from the City of Pullman and from Washington … » More …