The report for May, as usual, provides an occasion to celebrate much at Westmont, including awards at Commencement, the appointment of new colleagues, and the opportunities of summer. But the bright scenes of the month are now blended with the shadow of tragedy at UCSB. Violence in a college community shakes higher education throughout the nation, but all the more so when the devastation sweeps our neighbors.
Let me begin this report, then, by expressing prayerful sympathy for the community of UCSB, my alma mater. Part of our solidarity with the UCSB community at such a time comes in recommitting ourselves to join efforts to understand and address issues of injustice, mental health, misogyny and violence in many forms.
In that spirit, I am grateful for the work of those who organized and participated in this month’s conversations about the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. A brief report on that dialogue—as well as other good work by our colleagues—follows.