Western Washington University's Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education will partner with the Whatcom County League of Women Voters to present two panel conversations Oct. 6 and Oct.
The United States has been in a moral quandary about the issue of race from its very inception. The two major documents of the Republic, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, spouted lofty and idealistic platitudes that even at the time seemed contradictory to many of their signers and founders of the fledgling nation. They knew full well that land, class, race and gender would ultimately separate the status and ear mark the beneficiaries of the freedoms espoused by these two wondrous documents.
The twin crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and the struggle for racial justice have converged in recent months to place American institutions, both public and private, under tremendous stress. Western's Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education felt it would be very timely to get perspectives from some people who have been engaged with these issues in public life since the 1960s. The Western community has two long-standing members, one a Republican, one a Democrat, who have been involved in civil rights issues for their entire adult lives.
More than 50 Western Washington University students and graduates received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2019-20 academic year.
Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.
Presidential Scholars are selected by six colleges in recognition for their exceptional scholarship and service to the university and their communities.
The 2019-20 Presidential Scholars include:
College of Social Science and Humanities
Outstanding Graduate, Journalism
How White candidates 'racialize' themselves to win over Hispanic voters: A Q&A with WWU's Rudy Alamillo
Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Political Science Rudy Alamillo recently chatted with Western Today about his field of research, which focuses on how white political candidates are successful (or not) at engaging with Hispanic voters and turning that engagement into votes.
Western Today: Your research focuses on understanding how non-Hispanic White candidates appeal (or don’t appeal) to Hispanic voters. How did you get interested in this field of study?
WWU student Tatum Buss is working as an intern for her home state senator John Barrasso in Washington, D.C., allowing her to witness the ongoing impeachment hearings firsthand.
Serving as an administrator for Barrasso, one of two senators from Wyoming, Buss spends most days running errands, answering phone calls and conducting legislative research for Barrasso and his senior staff.
Western’s Michael Wolff to Present ‘Vigilante Rebellion and Fragmented Sovereignty in Mexico’ Feb. 7 at City Hall
Western Washington University Professor of Political Science Michael Jerome Wolff will give a talk titled “Vigilante Rebellion and Fragmented Sovereignty in Mexico” from 7-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, in the Bellingham City Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street.
Five Western Washington University students have been selected to participate in the 2020 Legislative Internship Program in Olympia this winter.
Logan Duling of Sammamish, Liliana Gilster of Bellingham, Kyle Jung of Bonney Lake, Katrin Kukhar of Centralia, and Skyla Sorensen of Seattle will intern winter quarter at the State legislature under the supervision of the House and Senate Intern Coordinators. Twenty-five Western students applied for the competitive internship.
Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm is the newest member of the U.S. State Department’s Diplomat-in-Residence (DIR) program, and she will visit WWU’s campus on Jan. 28 to discuss various career and internship opportunities within her organization.
Bluhm will visit with classes, student groups, advisers and leadership within the university. At the end of her visit, she will conclude with a “Chat with the Diplomat” presentation as well as an open public discussion beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Parks Hall 441.
Yale University doctoral candidate of History and African American Studies Anna Duensing will give a talk entitled “A Heritage of Fascists Without Labels: Holocaust Memory and the Afterlife of Fascism in the Long Civil Rights Movement” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Bond Hall 105.
This event is free and open to the public.