WSU Selected for Two-year American Commitments Project

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University is one of 40 public and
private colleges and universities in the country selected to participate in the
Association of American Colleges and Universities’ American Commitments

Called “Boundaries and Borderlands III: The Search for Recognition and
Community in America,” the two-year project includes a 10-day institute,
associated learning activities and networks, said AACU officials.

WSU was chosen from nearly 100 applicants to “deepen the intellectual,
curricular and co-curricular frameworks” that faculty and staff are using to
“embed issues of diversity as elements of institutional mission, campus climate
and curricular focus,” they said.

In a letter from the Washington, D.C.-based organization, Richard Law, director
of WSU’s General Education Program, and his associates were complimented
for their “strong proposal” to participate in the project.

WSU’s General Education Program is a set of requirements established by the
faculty as part of all baccalaureate degree programs. All undergraduate
students must complete courses meeting the requirements in the arts and
humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as in intercultural studies
and American diversity.

Funding for the project is grant support from the William and Flora Hewlett
Foundation. “Respecting differences and valuing inclusion is at the heart of
this initiative,” said a foundation representative.