Several days ago the City of
From the city’s website comes this: “The Coalition, which has a longstanding “home” in Prevention and Wellness Services of Western’s Student Affairs Division, is changing its approach somewhat. It will continue its primary focus of addressing health and safety issues, especially challenges related to student alcohol use. However, it will also be positioned to assist with some other student/community related issues and to strengthen community partnerships through its new involvement with the WWU Office of University Relations.” (Click here to read full text.)
The expanded mission of the CCC reads as follows: “The Campus Community Coalition promotes working relationships and communication among the colleges and community to enhance shared responsibility through collaborative education and problem-solving to improve the health, safety, and quality of life of the entire community.” This new statement flows from the realization that the CCC’s mission was usually viewed by the public as going beyond the control of alcohol abuse by students. Now that the mission reflects the expectation we can, perhaps, anticipate more from WWU. I think we can also look for increased participation by
It is unfortunate, however, that the President of WWU did not use his “bully pulpit” during his annual talk to the faculty and students on 16 September to speak to the community. The talk (click here to read it), which rightly spoke to some of the severe problems that WWU is facing, said little about community ties except in the context of education and the Waterfront. I think WWU would obtain a more enthusiastic response to its desire to have a place at the Waterfront, if the issues regarding the impact of students on the quality of life of the community were dealt with more forcefully. When you are “educating a parade”, as Dr. Shepard put it, you have to get their attention.
I am also encouraged by the arrival earlier this year of Steve Swan, who is the Vice-President for University Affairs. We have had several meetings since his arrival and we regularly exchange emails. I find him most receptive to new ideas. Recently, I sent him a paper on actions taken by the
The consultant report for the City of
Now is the time.
*For the record I have been a member of the CCC for the last several years.