Huxley College Solidarity Statement

 June 10, 2020 

On the eve of spring’s graduation, we find ourselves at a crossroad between an inequitable past and our future potential to remedy injustices. Huxley College of the Environment stands in solidarity with protestors around the world to demand an end to institutionalized anti-Black racism, racialized police violence, and the ongoing dehumanization of Black communities. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and will continue to support the worldwide movements for civil rights and social justice, to end structural racism and to empower People of Color, Women, Immigrants, Indigenous, Disabled, and LGBTQI people as fully equal and fully safe members of our society. 

We pledge to adopt real and tangible commitments for change, establish specific outcomes to be achieved, and hold ourselves accountable to them. We will accomplish this by educating ourselves and our students about the long history of environmental racism in the U.S.; amplifying the voices of the Black, Indigenous, Latinx, disabled, LGBTQI, women and others who have been marginalized or forgotten in the mainstream histories; being aware of our own privilege and bias; and identifying and removing oppressive policies and practices within our departments, college, and university. We commit to creating a learning community where everyone feels welcomed, respected, and appreciated for who they are. 

As environmental professionals, we will advocate to protect the rights of every human being to clean air and water, and to a livable climate. At the core of the environmental movement is the protection of the Earth we all share, for both present and future generations. A strong commitment to human rights for all is fundamental to our environmental protection work. We are united in guarding our natural environment and preserving the diversity of life on earth. We join in solidarity with frontline communities by pledging to support the building of a sustainable future. 

We condemn the abhorrent and dangerous rise in racist and violent acts in communities across the nation and condemn the language and actions that have fostered or encouraged those acts. Therefore, Huxley joins the call for dismantling the structural racism and oppression that endanger and devalue the lives and rights of People of Color across the world. Taking our lead from the communities most marginalized and targeted, we will work to confront and end that oppression, and transform the systems that enable it, as an essential step toward building a just and sustainable world. 

Everyone has a place on the Earth we call home. There is not a place for hate. 

COVID-19 Guidance

Dear Huxley Colleagues,

Please refer to this website regularly for COVID-19 updates.  You will find important information such as the Huxley College COVID-19 Response Plan. It tiers off the university plan and university communications, and captures and describes the efforts we’re taking at our local college/department/unit levels. It’s a work in progress that will be updated on a regular basis. 


Steve Hollenhorst, Dean

Huxley Student Support Services and Resources During COVID-19
Basic Needs Resource Guide for Students
Huxley COVID-19 Response Plan
WWU Guidance
Keep Working, Teaching and Learning Links  (Guidance for Staff, Faculty, and Students)
Contingency Plan for Maintaining Labs
Allowable Research Decision Tree
Employer Visitor Screening Guidance
Whatcom County Unified Command (Great source of guidance to many community resources)
Information on Continuing Research (RSP Office)
Authorization to Conduct On-Campus Research Form
On-Campus Visit Reporting Form

Field Course Protocols - Office of the Provost Guidance

Computer Systems Access

Our Difference

Since 1969, WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment has enjoyed a reputation as a premier institution for the education of future environmental experts and leaders. Our distinctive, interdisciplinary curriculum grants degrees from the Department of Environmental Studies (B.A., B.A.E., M.A., M.Ed.) and the Department of Environmental Sciences (B.S., M.S.). Each department offers multiple majors, from urban planning and environmental policy to estuarine science and terrestrial ecology..

Huxley in the news

More than 50 Western Washington University students and graduates received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2019-20 academic year.
More than 50 Western Washington University students and graduates received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2019-20 academic year.
Senior Marine Scientist Suzanne Strom of Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center has received $182,413 to buy new scientific equipment for the WWU laboratory in Anacortes...
Portrait of Bo Alfus surrounded by trees deep in the woods, wearing an oversized purple t-shirt
After Huxley, I’d like to venture into Conservation Corps and/or Peace Corps work.
Alfus 2018

The Planet is a publication class offered through the Environmental Studies department. It combines the environmental focus of Huxley College with the writing and reporting skills taught in the journalism department. Students publish a quarterly environmental magazine in print version as well as online. The Planet class is advised by Warren Cornwall.

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Huxley College acknowledges with respect...

We acknowledge with respect to the Coast Salish peoples on whose traditional territory Huxley College stands, and to the Lummi and Nooksack peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.