The Faculty Senate at Western Washington University met at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22.
At the meeting, Senate President Molly Ware reported on the statement and demands presented by students identifying as the Student Assembly for Power and Liberation at the Board of Trustees meeting of Feb. 12. WWU President Bruce Shepard reported that the Board of Trustees will meet with the Associated Students to ensure representative involvement of shared governance bodies before engaging with the group of students that presented its statement on Feb. 12. Shepard acknowledged that there is a continuing need for campus climate improvements and reported on an ongoing investigation by the Equal Opportunity Office.
Chuck Lambert, president of the United Faculty of Western Washington, commented on the impact that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's passing may have upon unions through the Friedrichs vs California Teachers Association Supreme Court Case, and reported that UFWW is continuing its membership drive.
Zachary Dove, Associated Students vice president for Academic Affairs, reported that the AS Board will meet with the Board of Trustees at 5 p.m. March 3 to discuss concerns around shared governance. The AS Board invites all students and faculty involved in governance to attend. Dove also invited faculty to attend a forum on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 6 to 8 pm in Fraser 102 regarding possible relocation of the Ethnic Student Center, and he reported that students will meet on Monday, Feb. 29, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in VU 462 to discuss classroom climate and disseminate information on classroom climate initiatives.