In May of 2017, the University of Wyoming hired a chief diversity officer and she’s worked to implement her own plan of diversity and equity on campus. “We’re actually down the homestretch,” Emily Monago said of the plan. Part of the goal is to boost the population of “underrepresented students” up from 13 percent to 17 percent. It’s important that the University of Wyoming works to overcome future instances of bigotry or hate on the campus, and to provide an inclusive learning experience for all students. We’re glad to see that it is underway.
State of the State
On Monday, Gov. Matt Mead gave his final State of the State address at the kickoff of the 2018 legislative budget session. In it, he warned lawmakers against deep cuts to education and touted Endow’s plans for diversifying Wyoming’s economy. “I reject the notion that Wyoming is incapable of determining its own destiny or that our future will only be determined by commodity prices or other exterior forces,” Mead said. We agree.
If you didn’t know, last week was Random Acts of Kindness Week. If you were touched by a random act of kindness or if you were out there paying it forward yourself, hopefully it was a brighter week than usual. Six residents of Primrose Retirement Communities spent Thursday in the Casper College Student Union cafeteria handing out $10 Amazon gift cards and cookies to strangers in an effort to spread kindness. A little unexpected kindness always goes a long way in making a difference in someone’s day. Hopefully these pay-it-forward moments extend well beyond Random Acts of Kindness Week.