From the President
Community engagement is woven into the fabric of Heritage University. It is a
core value that keeps us reaching out to promising local students in order to
provide educational opportunities that will help them enjoy meaningful lives
and careers. As our institution has grown, however, our commitment has increased.
Today, we are also a community resource on regional, statewide and global scales.
Over the past two years, Heritage has advanced its research dimension to
address other crucial challenges in education, healthcare and the environment.
To that end, we opened two new research centers: The Center for Native Health
and Culture, with its ambitious agenda to advance healthcare in relation to
Native American language and culture; and the Center for a New Washington,
which connects Heritage’s academic resources to the larger community.
There is excitement on campus about these expanding efforts, even as Heritage
continues to be a student-centered teaching institution. Programs in education,
social work, business and nursing have always been community focused and will not
change. Now, however, we see ourselves as even more profoundly involved in helping
to create lasting changes for our neighbors in central Washington and beyond.
This issue of Wings is dedicated to the many ways that our students, faculty, staff
and supporters make lasting impacts on the world around us. Each effort, from
protecting vulnerable people in the jungles of South America to ensuring an unknown
neighbor receives the necessary resources to go to college, matters. I am so proud of
the great work going on here at Heritage and look forward to all that is still to come.