President's Letter On University Theme
March 22, 2004
Dear Campus Community,
This past year, under the guidance of the University Theme Committee, our community embarked on its second year-long campus theme, Social Justice. The purpose for this theme was to create opportunities for shared common experiences throughout the year and engage in dialogue on social justice both in and outside of the classroom. The 2003-04 theme, "Now is the Time . . . Social Justice," was integrated into various academic discussions and public forums, and the www.time.wiu.edu website has provided another outlet for dialogue. I have been most pleased with the participation of our faculty, staff and students in the weekly Social Justice Dialogues hosted in the University Art Gallery.
On Monday, April 19, Dr. Charles Middleton, president of Roosevelt University, will speak at a program open to the entire campus community on social justice, the role of higher education in engaging in social justice issues, and how an institution of higher education can make a difference. Roosevelt University aspires to be a national leader in educating socially conscious citizens for active and dedicated lives as leaders in their professions and their communities. Deeply rooted in practical scholarship and principles of social justice expressed as ethical awareness, leadership development, economic progress and civic engagement, Roosevelt University encourages community partnerships and prepares its diverse graduates for responsible citizenship in a global society. Dr. Middletons program will be at 7 p.m. in the University Union Heritage Room.
Through the use of a campus theme, we are challenged as a community to join in a common dialogue, activities, and events. In preparing for the third year-long campus theme, the University Theme Committee spoke with and brainstormed with the Faculty Senate, along with members of the staff and student leaders. In addition, I am excited about the conversations with the First Year Experience Committee and the American Democracy Project Committee in connection with the development of the theme and how it complements the Universitys strategic plan. It is with great enthusiasm that I announce the 2004-05 theme, Now is the Time Civic Engagement.