Summer 2017 Newsletter
Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Antisemitism Submits Report and Recommendations
In Spring 2016, then-President Shepard convened a Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Antisemitism in response to a number of antisemitic incidents that had occurred on campus earlier that year. The Task Force, chaired by Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, was charged with recommending ways to educate the campus community about antisemitism and the negative impacts of antisemitic actions targeting Jewish members of the Western community.
The Task Force submitted its Final Report and Recommendations to President Randhawa on March 31, 2017. A formal announcement was made by the President and Provost to the campus community in early May 2017, sharing the Task Force’s Final Report and Recommendations. The final report submitted by the Task Force is available at http://www.wwu.edu/provost/initiatives/index.shtml.
As announced in the May email, a smaller work group facilitated by Sue Guenter-Schlesinger has been convened to begin “to engage in the work of implementing the task force’s recommendations within the context of Western’s broad efforts to foster learning and working environments that are genuinely inclusive of the many differences that make our community so vibrant.” This work group includes: Mark Greenberg, Dean of Libraries; Steven Garfinkle, Professor of History; and Sandra Alfers, Professor of German and Director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. Ongoing input for implementing the recommendations will involve a broader array of faculty, staff and students.