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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 …

Diversity celebration falls in wake of Attic incident

In the midst of memorials and controversy, faculty, staff, students and the local community are being encouraged to renew their commitment to diversity at the university’s 2nd Annual Diversity Celebration, 4 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.The event falls in the wake of a weeklong commemoration of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on America and an ongoing controversy surrounding the Pullman Police’s handling of a fight at the Attic nightclub that occurred on Sept. 8. (See related article.)The schedule for the event, titled “Commit to Diversity,” includes:• 4 – 5 p.m. Open reception with complimentary food and entertainment• 5 – … » More …

Diversity, multicultural issues addressed July 11, 12

A roundtable of professionals will address the challenges of integrating diversity and multicultural issues in education and counseling in the Inland Northwest at the Fourth Annual Multicultural Regional Roundtable set for July 11 and 12 at Washington State University.Educators, counselors, students, community leaders and others are invited to register for the conference by June 15. The cost is $20 for students and $60 for others.This year’s conference will feature social justice activist Tim Wise. Wise has spoken to more than 75,000 people in 42 states defending affirmative action and advocating the support of racial equality. He founded the Association for White Anti-Racist Education (AWARE) to … » More …

Program declared a model

When it comes to recruiting and retaining students of color, nobody does it better in the state than Washington State University, so says the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. In addition to naming it the state’s “model program,” OSPI used a U.S. Department of Education grant to fund a just-completed video/CD to be distributed to high school and community college administrators and counselors statewide, as well as to other state officials.The 18-minute video features comments from a variety of students, faculty and administrators, including V. Lane Rawlins, president; Charlene Jaeger, vice president of student services; Milt Lang, special assistant to the president; Felicia Gaskins, … » More …

Diversity situation, progress reviewed

The issues of diversity and campus climate have been on the front burner during the past several weeks due to several incidents on the Pullman campus. These events have prompted administrators to evaluate the progress made by the university over the past two years in diversity.President V. Lane Rawlins, since his arrival in June 2000, has teamed with administrators, faculty, staff and students throughout the university to build a more diverse and tolerant atmosphere. Their stated goal is “to improve the climate on campus for faculty, staff and students, regardless of race/ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age or ability” and to see … » More …