More than 100 Western Carolina University faculty, staff and students braved steady rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey to make their way to A.K. Hinds University Center on Thursday, Aug. 31, in a show of campus unity in the wake of heightened racial tension and divisiveness across the U.S. following recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
When Katherine Spalding arrived at Western Carolina University as a freshman two years ago, joining the Student Government Association was the farthest thing from her mind. It wasn’t until later that year that recent graduate Elizabeth Boney suggested Spalding join. That initial push led to Spalding becoming elected SGA president for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year.
Western Carolina University students, faculty and staff had an opportunity to hear about eight recommendations for improving the climate for diversity and inclusion on campus during an open forum held Monday, April 17.
Baron Crawford, the new president of Western Carolina University’s Student Government Association, sees some of the challenges of his term of office reflecting national trends, socially and politically.