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College of Arts and Sciences Black Lives Matter

Curriculum focus supports criminal justice reform

Students march holding a Black Lives Matter banner on the WSU Pullman campus.As images of George Floyd suffocating beneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer were broadcast globally last spring, WSU’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology was mobilizing.

“We are training the next generation of criminal justice professionals and have a responsibility here,” said department chair Melanie-Angela Neuilly. “Systemic racial bias, fairness and equity are issues we’ve been mindful of and have been including in our curriculum, but we decided to put them at the forefront of everything we do.” » More …

Agents of change

Sylvia Bullock.Discussions between the WSU Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) and WSU administration have led to the creation a written agreement formalizing the partnership between BFSA and WSU leaders and provides a plan for how the University can work toward creating more equity and inclusiveness for Black students, faculty, and staff across the WSU system.

Still in draft form, action items include continuation of a leadership speakers series created by Aaron Oforlea, BFSA past president and associate professor of English» More …