Overview of Legacy Review Process & the Huxley College Name

WWU Legacy Review Task Force


Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 4:30pm

Archived video of this presentation.

An important part of Western’s commitment to advancing equity and inclusion is considering how the names of its buildings and colleges reflect those values.  The Legacy Review Task Force has been charged with reviewing the names associated with Western’s buildings and colleges, including Huxley College, and with making recommendations as to whether any names warrant consideration for removal.  In the course of its work the Task Force has been assisted by reports about the historic naming of buildings and colleges prepared by Western Libraries Heritage Resources, the invited opinion of scholars with expertise regarding particular namesakes (specifically, T.H. Huxley), and additional research and resources, all available on the Legacy Review Task Force website.  The Task Force is expected to submit a report to the President by May 31, 2021, and is not charged with considering or recommending new names for colleges or buildings.  The final decision regarding building names rests with the WWU Board of Trustees.

The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of the Legacy Review process and the Task Force charge, as well as the materials being taken into consideration.  Community members will then be invited to submit questions about the process via chat. 

Questions may also be submitted in advance as part of the registration process.

Community members who wish to provide feedback about potentially removing the names of buildings and colleges at Western, and in particular, Huxley College are invited to do so at any time via an online feedback form which will be open until May 15, 2021.

Photo of T. H. Huxley (circa 1890)

(T.H. Huxley, circa 1890)

This forum will be facilitated by members of the WWU Legacy Review Task Force (2020-21), some of whom will be available for the presentation.


WWU Legacy Review Task Force Members:

    Laural Ballew, Executive Director, American Indian/Alaska Native and First Nations Relations & Tribal Liaison

Lisa Beard, Professor of Political Science

Josh Cerretti, Professor of History

Paul Dunn, Chief of Staff to the President

LeaAnn Martin, Past Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences 

Kaylan Rocamora, Student Representative

Phil Sharpe, Past WWU Trustee

Collette Taylor, Alumni Representative ('87)

Laura Wagner, Student Representative



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The Huxley Speaker Series is hosted by Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public.

Location & Time

Presentations are held each Thursday at 4:30pm ONLINE.


Complimentary parking for the Huxley Speaker Series is available in Parking Lot 12A after 4:00 on Thursdays when WWU campus is open.


WWU is an equal opportunity institution.

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