Campus and Community Engagement

Goal 1: Western is internally organized to support university and community engagement to advance sustainability.

1.1 Complete a university-wide public engagement alignment process to enhance Western’s structure and function for public engagement by fall 2019.

1.2 Commit to a university-wide system for qualitative and quantitative assessment of public engagement efforts by fall 2019.

1.3 Follow recommendations of alignment process to incentivize community engagement for faculty, staff, and students throughout the university beginning fall 2021.

Goal 2Western’s culture and community engagement efforts reflect a strong commitment to sustainability.

2.1 Redevelop student, staff, faculty, and visitor orientation programs to emphasize Western’s commitment to education for sustainability beginning spring 2017.

2.2 Expand courses and co-curricular programs for first-year students that teach about local and regional sustainability issues through community engagement beginning fall 2018.

2.3 Improve interpretation of Western-owned grounds to enhance understanding and appreciation of the unique cultural and environmental history of the area by 2020.

2.4 Establish sustainability-related interactive experiences, cooperatively designed and supported by WWU and community partners, to help build relationships among members of Western, and with the broader community by 2019.

2.5 Create a system for continually learning about (listening and dialoguing) evolving local to global sustainability opportunities and challenges by 2020.

2.6 Support the efforts of regional campuses to enhance their sustainability activities.

Goal 3: Western’s sustainability resources are easily accessed by the public.

3.1 Enhance web materials that enable the public to access sustainability resources beginning fall 2017.

3.2 Increase use of vibrant, visible, and accessible venues across the Salish Sea Region for community sustainability events beginning fall 2018.

Goal 4: Western engages respectfully with Coast Salish Peoples in recognition that the University occupies traditional Coast Salish lands.

4.1 Create a University-wide tribal advisory committee to advise the President and University community on issues such as curriculum, campus life and gathering spaces, interactive facilities and operations, and engagement opportunities by 2018.

4.2 Establish a permanent tribal liaison position to build relationships between Western and the Coast Salish communities by 2018.

4.3 Expand and enhance institutional partnerships and collaborations with tribal institutions beginning fall 2017.