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Nov. 15: Memoir of growing up in the segregated South
October 27, 2016

By Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts

tarantino-smith-headPULLMAN, Wash. – A dramatization of the 1943 book “Black Boy,” Richard Wright’s searing autobiography spanning childhood innocence to adulthood in the Jim Crow South, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Jones Theatre at Washington State University. It is recommended for ages 12 and older.

Hip-hop video blogger Jay Smooth to speak April 12
March 29, 2016

Jay-SmoothPULLMAN, Wash. – Hip-hop video blogger and cultural commentator Jay Smooth will present “Hip-Hop, Race and Politics: The Way We Talk About Things” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the CUB auditorium at Washington State University. Admission is free to the public, and a reception will follow.

March 22: Writing assessment workshop examines racism
March 9, 2016

Asao-InouePULLMAN, Wash. – A workshop for faculty and graduate students who have students write in their courses will focus on race and writing assessment development at 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the Avery Hall Bundy reading room and via AMS at other Washington State University campuses.

Sexual harassment, discrimination prevention training
July 27, 2010



PULLMAN – “Eradicating discrimination and sexual harassment and fostering a respectful environment requires an ongoing, demonstrated commitment from all members of the university community,” said WSU President Elson Floyd in an April 2010 statement.


Human Resource Services and the Office for Equal Employment, in response to the president’s statement, have developed  an online training program that includes WSU policy and processes through the WSU Online Learning System.


“The focus of this training is to assist WSU in maintaining safe and respectful working and learning environments,” said HRS Director Theresa Elliot-Cheslek.


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Noted diversity author plans return to Inland Empire
February 1, 2006

Nationally acclaimed diversity author and speaker Allan G. Johnson will give a series of presentations at Washington State University’s Pullman and Spokane campuses Feb. 13-16.Johnson recently released the second edition of “Privilege, Power, and Difference,” a book used widely in college classrooms to teach about race relations and social justice.Johnson made his first trip to WSU in 2003. After receiving rave reviews from faculty, staff and students that year, he was invited back in 2004 to speak to audiences at the Pullman and Vancouver campuses.”He spoke to standing-room-only crowds,” said Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity Felicia Gaskins. “We had so many students tell … » More …

Students question vps regarding racial harassment
March 8, 2005

Approximately 150 students, faculty and staff crowded into the CUB Cascade Room Tuesday afternoon, March 8, for the Vice Presidents’ Forum. At the event were a large number of students who asked questions and made comments regarding the outcome of a recent conduct hearing addressing allegations of racial harassment. The meeting, which usually lasts about one hour, went on for more than two hours, with a standing room only crowd. On the Vice Presidents’ Forum panel were Steve Desoer, director of Human Resource Services; Charlene Jaeger, vice president of Student Affairs; Michael Tate, vice president for Equity and Diversity; Sally Savage, vice president for University Relations; and Mary … » More …

Incident leads some to discuss limits to free speech
March 3, 2005

(The following article is reprinted with permission from the Moscow Daily News. The article appeared on Feb. 24, 2005.)Allegations of objectionable student speech at Washington State University have some members of the university community thinking about First Amendment rights and possible limits on free speech. “Freedom of speech and freedom from harassment is an area that’s a fundamental issue for our whole society and the law hasn’t drawn a ‘bright line’ neatly separating the two,” said attorney and WSU vice president for university relations Sally Savage. Earlier this week Savage discussed some of the issues faced by WSU as an institution as it seeks to respond … » More …

President and students to discuss racism issue
March 2, 2005

President V. Lane Rawlins, spurred by student concerns regarding an alleged harassment incident at the Compton Union Building, has tentatively scheduled a meeting with Nina Kim and other students for March 8. However, details of the meeting are still in the process of being arranged.”In the nearly 15 years that I have served as a university president, I have never turned down a request for a meeting with students,” Rawlins said. (Rawlins’ President’s Update on the issue can be seen at, 21, an Asian American junior, filed a report against several WSU students for what she perceived as racial harassment. Early this semester, she … » More …