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Glimmers of Hope During Native American Heritage Month


Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, WSU Native American Health Sciences still able to deliver programs remotely, impacting the lives, minds, and hearts of many

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time for WSU Native American Health Sciences (NAHS) to share progress, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, specific to its continued quest to increase the number of Natives and indigenous peoples practicing in health care.

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WSU Spokane Information Technology team keeps the engine running as campus personnel go remote

IT team

Photo taken pre-COVID

Things were mostly normal at WSU Health Sciences Spokane (WSU Spokane) the week of March 19. Spring Break was right around the corner and plans were in place for various end-of-academic-year events, including commencement.

But then, as we all know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) unleashed itself on the globe and things changed dramatically.

Students pivoted to remote learning once they “returned” from Spring Break, and most on-campus personnel transitioned to working remotely.

For the Information Technology (IT) department, this was a quick, major shift. Fast forward seven months and students are still attending remote classes and most employees are still working from home.

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Ten WSU Spokane highlights since 2010

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A decade ago, Washington State University Spokane was a budding campus with a bright future. WSU’s Board of Regents solidified this on Sept. 3, 2010 by officially designating WSU Spokane as the university’s health sciences campus.

The designation was an obvious one—the College of Nursing was already a mainstay on campus, and WSU’s affiliation, in partnership with the University of Washington, with the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) Regional Medical Education Program, was two years old. The campus’ Sleep and Performance Research Center was conducting world-changing research, and the departments of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and Speech and Hearing Sciences were already sending graduates into the workplace.

The Regents’ vote put in action a focused mission that is paying major dividends today. A lot has happened in the last 10 years, with WSU Health Sciences Spokane on a healthy path for the future. Let’s look at 10 major accomplishments of the past 10 years. Just like our post on 10 research highlights, this is not a ranking, but rather an overview of 10 notable achievements.

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10 Years of WSU Health Sciences: 10 research highlights since 2010

10 year graphic

By Judith Van Dongen

When the Washington State University Board of Regents designated WSU Spokane as the university’s official health sciences campus on Sept. 3, 2010, it paved the way for growth and transformation of health sciences education and research in Spokane.

Today, we’re sharing 10 research highlights from the past 10 years. This isn’t a ranking, but rather a showcase of the incredible, world-changing research on campus in the past decade.

To the highlights!

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WSU Spokane releases student results of campus climate survey

WSU Spokane

WSU Health Sciences Spokane sponsored a survey in 2019 to evaluate perceptions and experiences of its students, faculty, and staff with regard to diversity and climate issues. WSU Health Sciences implemented online surveys of currently enrolled students and faculty and staff in spring 2019.

Today, results of the students’ surveys are available to view, as well as related recommendations for consideration. Stay tuned in the coming months for results from staff and faculty surveys.

You can read the Executive Summary here, and the entire results here.

WSU Health Sciences to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with multiple acts of service

MLK parade

MLK parade

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20, 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. Students, staff and faculty of WSU Health Sciences Spokane are planning several activities during the week to honor Dr. King. The campus Diversity Center and Office of Community Engagement are teaming up to sponsor these activities.

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