Friday Letter, 4-21-17

Spring quarter is flying by. I know that because I have started to prep my graduation speech.  As far as graduation goes, there will be construction happening on the Mobius Plaza in June.  We will still have graduation in the normal place, but be prepared for a few orange cones and some torn up concrete.

This week’s safety question: If a shooter is known to be on campus, where is your safe space?  If you don’t know the answer to this question, then please talk with co-workers and supervisors to understand the plan.  And, the Director of Campus Safety or the Director of Campus Emergency Management will be happy to come to your work area and provide a refresher.

Next Monday is the TEACH-IN.  1:00-3:00 pm, in Mobius.  It’s been a long time in the planning.  I hope you will be able to stop by.  I hope to have a TEACH-IN once per quarter next year, so please forward topic ideas to me.  One idea already floating is about undocumented students and their pathways.  We continue to work to understand the rights, challenges, and opportunities for these students and have several training ideas being developed.

Along that line, the Washington Attorney General’s office issued guidance about how to deal with immigration issues as it relates to the current federal climate. A section of that pertained directly to Higher Education. I think it is worthwhile reading (about 8 pages) for every employee on campus.  You can find the excerpt here.  PLEASE take a moment to read it so you can understand how we are approaching this topic.

Another piece of reading (this time only two pages) regards departmental reorganizations and staff promotions. Over the last few years, we have done a lot of rearranging to make sure that we are efficient and looking out for our long term goals.  The executive team spent the last few months defining how these processes will take place.  In our effort to be as transparent as possible, we wrote and are now publishing these guidelines.  You can find them here and I ask that you take a few minutes to read through them.

Please make sure to visit the community forums presented by our HR Director finalists. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, April 25th from 2:00 – 2:45 in CC2-170

Wednesday, April 26th from 2:00-2:45 in CC1-021

Thursday, April 27th 11:00-11:45 in CC2-170

As I have begun my Coffees for Three, I have heard consistently that the administration has become more transparent and communicative over the last 6 years. We will never be perfect, but it is certainly our intent to communicate well, keep you informed, and embrace our shared governance model.  TEACH-INS, protocols, and encouraging us to be aware of our safety are just a few ways we continue to do this.

Have a great weekend.

2 thoughts on “Friday Letter, 4-21-17

  1. I think a better safety question is first, how will we be notified if there is an active shooter on campus? It’s not clear to me as a faculty member how I will be told if this happens while I am in the classroom. I am signed up for alerts, but they aren’t always sent out when something happens, and definitely not in real time.

  2. Thanks for the question. There are multiple methods of communication in this instance. First, I would recommend visiting this webpage:
    The information here is important and at the bottom of the page is a short video on instructions of what to do.
    To answer your question specifically, we have a Public Address system that can be heard in every classroom and hallway. Safety will make an announcement. Second, classroom technology can be taken over by Safety and in-classroom messages will be posted. Third, our text system will be activated. There were massive improvements this year to that system and it is now real time. Even if there are some without text notification abilities, someone in the classroom will most likely be informed. Finally, and unfortunately, there is the chaos that ensues in such situations. In the event of any of these types of notifications, following the instructions on the website and video will be important.

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