Advancing an equitable, civil, and resilient society
In these challenging times, WSU faculty are bringing clarity and action to the challenges that face our civil society. From sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice; to the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race (SLCR), among many others, WSU researchers study and document systemic inequity, proposing alternatives for a more equitable society. WSU faculty focus on access to basic needs like education, health care, housing, food, sexual harassment, equity in the workplace, and wealth (e.g., income disparities, generational wealth). WSU scholars study treatment and representation by/in social institutions such as in the criminal justice system, Pop culture/the Media, the government, etc. The Thomas Foley Institute for Public Policy & Public Service, for example, regularly provides opportunities for community-wide discussion on issues of the day. The Foley Institute focuses on topics that frequently dominate American life—the presidential election, the constitutional crisis that followed, race, and criminal justice—attracting thousands of viewers from across the country. At the national level, WSU faculty are engaged in multi-year collaborations with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC and are modernizing research and curricula about historical and contemporary forms of anti-Semitism and racism, and how countries deal with historical wrongdoings.