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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

This week, read about the posters that appeared on campus and caused information regarding a sexual harassment case involving a WWU professor to be brought into the light once again. 

Western has collaborated to form a gender-affirming care team to provide resources for trans and queer-identifying students.

In Whatcom County, World Relief, a global Christian humanitarian organization, is opening an office and will begin welcoming and resettling refugees this month. Recent reform laws are creating new hurdles for police responses to distress calls.
On Campus
Old Main on a foggy afternoon. An investigation by Western’s Equal Opportunity Office in 2017 found that a professor of urban planning and sustainable development had sexually harassed two teaching assistants.

Posters on campus resurface 2016 sexual harassment incident involving Western professor

On Wednesday, Nov. 3, posters appeared on Western Washington University’s campus reading “WWU Protects Sexual Predators.” The posters pictured Paul Stangl, a professor of urban planning and sustainable development at the College of the Environment. 

The posters have since been taken down, but the information continues to be widely shared across Western social media pages...

Read more about the posters on The Front

The Associated Student’s Queer Resource Center, located in the Multicultural Center on the seventh floor of the Viking Union, is a student-run group for queer-identifying students across campus. The center hopes to partner with the new Gender-Affirming Care program in an effort to provide better resources for trans and queer-identifying students.

New gender-affirming care program introduced at Western

Western Washington University is now hosting a new Gender-Affirming Care Team as a collaboration between various departments on campus including LGBTQ+ Western, the Student Health Center, the Counseling and Wellness Center and the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.

This program supports students who are interested in taking steps to transition in ways that better reflect their gender. This includes connecting them with various on-campus and off-campus resources, counseling, starting gender-affirming hormones, connections to groups of other trans and queer students, social transitioning help, non-medical affirmation help and much more according to the team’s website...

Read more about the gender-affirming care program on The Front

Off Campus

Whatcom County World Relief resettlement manager Steven Shetterly (middle) poses for a picture with a group of volunteers. With a new office in Whatcom County, World Relief will be welcoming refugees in the coming months.

Whatcom County prepares to welcome refugees

The State Department has recently approved World Relief, a global Christian humanitarian organization, to open an office in Whatcom County. They plan to begin resettling refugees in November. 

With the goal of resettling 75 people in the coming year, Whatcom County is expecting to welcome 15 refugees by the end of 2021...

Read more about World Relief on The Front

The entrance of the Bellingham Police Department on a rainy Thursday morning. Bellingham police are now reportedly responding to less mental health distress calls when they are not needed to detain someone due to the new police reform law.

Reform laws limiting police use of force in mental health crises are prompting some law enforcement to respond to fewer distress calls

Law enforcement officials in Whatcom County and other parts of Washington are saying that a new law prevents them from handling distress calls. 

During the 2021 legislative session, Washington lawmakers passed House Bill 1310, which attempts to govern when and how police officers are able to use force against the general public...

Read more about reform laws on The Front

Sports + Recreation

Viking Women’s Volleyball extended their winning streak to seven games with a win over Northwest Nazarene in Bellingham, Wash. on Oct. 21. The Vikings won 3-0.

Western never let the foot off the gas, defeating Northwest Nazarene with a 3-0 game in Bellingham, on Oct. 21

Western Washington University’s women's volleyball team kept the heat on, defeating Northwest Nazarene University with a 3-0 game inside Sam Carver Gymnasium, Oct. 21.

The last time Western faced NNU was Sept. 25; the game resulted in a 3-0 victory for the Vikings...

Read more about WWU women's volleyball on The Front

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