The committee's annual report focuses on Washington and Lee's campus climate, especially with respect to inclusiveness and diversity.
Issues and Initiatives
In August 2013, Washington and Lee President Kenneth P. Ruscio asked a special working group to begin examining the role of African Americans in the history of the University. This group began meeting in the fall of 2013 and has developed a preliminary timeline as one of its first projects.
The Community Grants program formalizes W&L's role in supporting regional organizations and activities through an accessible grant-making process.
The Rector and the President of the University are appointing a Task Force to explore and propose the next stages in the University's approach to residential life. This is an outgrowth of the University's 2007 Strategic Plan, which, among other things, specified improvements and enhancements to first-year residential facilities and programs, and consideration of upper-class alternatives.
As a key component in Washington and Lee's continuing efforts on sustainability, the University has embarked on a comprehensive energy conservation and management program. The Energy Education Program (EEP) is in partnership with Energy Education of Dallas, Tex., whose energy conservation programs have saved more than $2 billion for educational and ministerial organizations.
President Ruscio has joined more than 125 other presidents and chancellors of colleges and universities in signing the Amethyst Initiative, which calls for a renewed and informed debate about the legal drinking age of 21.
Composed in 1990 at an international conference in Talloires, France, this is the first official statement made by university administrators of a commitment to environmental sustainability in higher education.
The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate.
On Sept. 7, 2007, President Ruscio joined a group of top liberal arts college presidents in a new effort to provide clear, understandable information and data about the University to prospective students, their families and other interested parties.