As a university, we have been thinking more and more about what it means to have an international footprint. The depth and breadth of our programs in East Africa provide a strong pathway to pursue program building and partnerships in new areas, including engineering, agriculture, and social sciences. We re-signed an MOU with the University of Nairobi and we made progress on our goal to have a joint PhD program between WSU and the University of Nairobi. Importantly, the president and first lady saw firsthand the impact our faculty members, trainees, and staff are having on global public health issues that impact people and animals. As I wrote last month, seeing is believing. It was a powerful and positive trip.
So why this story? As a college, we have some new people, new programs, new ideas. As we look toward being more inclusive, or adopting new models for clinical care or piloting new models for education and outreach across colleges and campuses, how do we inspire people to thoughtfully engage and not retract or resist? How do we create a culture of belonging? And how do we bring our best selves to the table when there is resistance? We focus on One Community, One College. and the common good.