Approval of Minutes Motion 21-27: Mr. Conner moved that the Board of Trustees of Central Washington University approve the minutes from the meetings of May 13-14, 2021 and June 24, 2021. Ms. Gillis seconded the motion. The motion was approved. PUBLIC COMMENT No one signed up for public comment. COMMUNICATIONS 1. Letter, April 30, 2021, Katharine Whitcomb on behalf of ADCO, requesting use of Stage 3 HEERF funding to ameliorate the effects of COVID-19 on academic departments and faculty. 2. Email, June 11, 2021, Robin Feil, regarding the burning of a pride flag, and encouraging the administration to investigate thoroughly. PRESIDENT’S REPORT President Wohlpart began by explaining that we intend to redirect our attention from crisis response to strategies that will position us to recover and thrive. He thanked the university community for their hard work during the past year and a half and presented Resolution 21-06 for consideration by the board:
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted everything we have known as “normal”; and
WHEREAS, in order to sustain service to students and the state of Washington, CWU employees adapted and responded with unprecedented speed and innovation; WHEREAS, the pandemic separated employees from each other and from students, and from their workplace, friends, and family; and WHEREAS, some employees have never stopped working on campus to support critical systems and operations, despite the threats posed by COVID-19; and WHEREAS, employees continue to experience the emotional and physical effects of the fear, uncertainty, and isolation associated with the pandemic; and WHEREAS, the pandemic has taught us that we can do hard things and emerge together a stronger institution, having learned new things about virtual teaching and learning, remote work, adaptability, and grace; WHEREAS, Because of the innovation, patience, and hard work of employees and students, we have come through one of the greatest challenges to our institution in a century, and can redouble our commitment to academic excellence and student Success; NOW, BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the Central Washington University Board of Trustees expresses deep gratitude to CWU employees for the professionalism, compassion, and innovation they have demonstrated in responding to the pandemic and that now position CWU to rescind the 2020 declaration of financial urgency and prepare us to respond, recover, and thrive.
ADOPTED and signed this 29 th day of July 2021.
2 Board of Trustees Minutes July 29-30, 2021
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