NWACUHO
Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

A Note From the NWACUHO Board of Directors

By NWACUHO Board of Directors


NWACUHO Colleagues,

As your Executive Board at NWACUHO, we share in the horror and grief of the violent death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. We recognize that this unjust death is only the most recent unjust death in the past weeks including, but not limited to, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor. We say their names here to make explicit the violence perpetrated on Black people and the systemic racism experienced by people of color and, in particular right now, Black community members. It is hard to find words that offer comfort and solace during this time. We can say for certain however that we are always strengthened by our diversity and the contributions of each and every member within our Association. These racialized and senseless acts of violence being witnessed are wrong and we must continue to stand up against these inequities.

To our Black friends and colleagues: We see you and we understand that these unjust acts have a unique impact on you and that they may carry significant impacts on your bodies and spirits. We will do our best to support you in seeking out and asking for the support and resources you need.

To our friends and colleagues who are White and People of Color who do not identify as members of the Black community: This is our opportunity to step up and take direct and personal action to educate ourselves; to reflect on the ways we consciously or unconsciously support and reinforce racialized systems of oppression, in particular against Black people; and to take specific and meaningful action to interrupt and dismantle those systems.

NWACUHO is committed to active inclusion and involvement of all our members. As fellow professionals and friends, we hope all of us do our best to support one another during this time. The Board of Directors, along with the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, are working to create opportunities for the members of our Association and specifically our colleagues of colour. Our commitment also means that we continue to reflect and identify ways we can improve our access and remove barriers for our members. Our organization needs to be free from these injustices. NWACUHO also needs to continue it’s efforts in diversity and inclusion, with the hope of being an anti-racist organization. Inclusion work is never done and we hope to continue to improve and do better for our members.

In order to enrich the housing profession, each and every person should feel heard. We invite you, our members to share feelings with us and or suggest ways we can better your experience with NWACUHO. We’re here to listen and support you as best we can.

Sincerely,

Your NWACUHO Board of Directors

Bob Lambert, President
Janie Sacco, Past President
Stephen Jenkins, President-Elect
Andrew Beck, Treasurer
Tiffany Firestone, Communications Director
Ben Medeiros, Corporate Relations Director
Michael Zangl, Technology Director
Timothy Ledna, Alaska Representative
Nathan Riley, British Columbia Representative
Lindsey Gibson, Oregon Representative
Melinda Gilliam, Washington Representative

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