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Washington State University
Office of the President June 2022

A time to reflect and commit to doing better

Next week marks the first recognition of Juneteenth as an official state and federal holiday.

The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, the day when news of the end of the Civil War finally reached Galveston, Texas, nearly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

We appreciate that our state leaders have codified this momentous day into law. Juneteenth has long represented a celebration of freedom. It stands as a day of strength, honoring the spirit of those men, women, and children who lived under the system of slavery in the United States.

Washington State University will be closed in honor of … » More …

Celebrating Pride Month

June marks Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month. Originally celebrated to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village, Pride Month has grown to be a recognition of the impact LGBTQI+ individuals have had and continue to have, on history at home, across the nation, and abroad.

At WSU, we honor and celebrate the tremendous contributions that LGBTQI+ community members make to our university every day. We are grateful for the system‑wide efforts of the President’s Commission on Gender and Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation (GIESO) and the Gender Identity/Expression and … » More …