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‘Your circumstances do not determine your destiny’

Jordan Frost, activities director at Issaquah High School and first-generation WSU alumnus, said people cannot control what happens to them, but they can control what to do next.
MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter November 10, 2020

Personal obstacles and institutional limitations help first-generation students succeed. Jordan Frost, activities director at Issaquah High School and first-generation WSU alumnus, said he succeeded...

Thanksgiving objectifies Indigenous people, guest speaker says

Thanksgiving is a Eurocentric holiday and is full of stereotypes about Indigenous people, said Cornel Pewewardy, professor emeritus of Indigenous nations studies at Portland State University.
ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter November 10, 2020

The commercialization of Thanksgiving is disturbing and the holiday should be decolonized, a Portland State University professor said. People are not taught the truth about Thanksgiving, said Cornel...

Speakers emphasize importance of first-generation programs

Universities need to not only acknowledge first-generation students, but also the on-campus experiences of first-generation students who are of different races and social classes, speakers said.
TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter November 9, 2020

Universities use the word first-generation without truly recognizing the layers beneath the word.  First-generation students deserve to complete college, said Sarah Whitley, assistant vice president...

Event to simulate courtroom jury, reveal participants’ notions about race, gender

Participants will deliberate about the case as a jury, allowing them to delve into their thought process behind their beliefs, implicit biases and preconceived notions.
ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter November 9, 2020

Students and faculty members can participate in a virtual courtroom drama during the event, “Defamation Experience,” from 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 12. The event is hosted by the Common Reading Program and...

Changing syllabi design may lead to improved faculty-student relationships

Changes to a syllabus' design and wording does not harm or help a student's retention of syllabus information.
ABBY DAVIS, Evergreen reporter November 9, 2020

Strong relationships between faculty members and first-generation students open doors for the students’ future success.  A study on syllabus design show that changes to design and wording did not...

WSU alumnus to speak about challenges first-generation students face

WSU alumnus and first-generation student Jordan Frost will be speaking at a university event about first-generation students.
LEIANNA KUNZ, Evergreen reporter November 6, 2020

Jordan Frost, WSU alumnus and first-generation student, considered dropping out of his master’s program because of the challenges he was facing. “I remembered that moment, and if I could go back,...

Panel to discuss how syllabi impact academic success of first-generation students

Amy Nusbaum, assistant professor at Heritage University, said she, Anna Plemons and Samantha Swindell coauthored “Kindness at First Sight: The Role of Syllabi in Impression Formation.
LEIANNA KUNZ, Evergreen reporter November 4, 2020

Most first-generation students have to navigate college on their own and sometimes universities are not prepared to deal with their specific needs.  Amy Nusbaum, assistant professor at Heritage University,...

WSU Libraries asks for website-user feedback

The board will be made up of no more than 10 undergraduate and graduate students.
ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter November 2, 2020

Ben Rearick used to sit in the Compton Union Building and ask students for their feedback about WSU Libraries, but staff at WSU Libraries changed the way they collect feedback because of pandemic restrictions. Rearick,...

Political comedy relies on the truth, WSU alumnus says

The most important part of comedy is the ethics of truth-telling, said Ted Tremper, WSU alumnus and former field producer for
BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter October 27, 2020

Political comedy is only funny when a speaker and their audience agree on the factual truths.  The most important part of comedy is the ethics of truth-telling, said Ted Tremper, WSU alumnus, writer,...

Professor to speak about dismantling racism

Using the viewpoints of medicine and academia can help people begin to understand the full spectrum of racism, said Thabiti Lewis, English professor and interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at WSU Vancouver. 
MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter October 27, 2020

A WSU Vancouver professor will discuss how racism affects the field of medicine at an event 11 a.m. Oct. 29. The event “Dismantling Racism: The Game of Change” is part of an ongoing series hosted...

National League of Women Voters discuss litigation cases

The league is currently involved in litigation about redistricting, the National Voter Registration Act, voter purges and COVID-19, said Celina Stewart, senior director of advocacy and litigation for the League of Women Voters of the United States.
ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter October 20, 2020

Representatives from the League of Women Voters of the United States discussed current litigation cases they are involved in during a virtual Brown Bag event hosted by Pullman’s local league.  The...

Violence against women with disabilities is not romantic, speaker says

Women with disabilities experience high rates of personal violence, said Stephanie Woodward, a crime victim attorney.
JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter October 19, 2020

The Coalition for Women Students hosted an event featuring Stephanie Woodward to discuss the increased adversity people with disabilities face daily during the pandemic.  Woodward is a crime victim...

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