Day of Racial Healing is Tuesday at WSU

Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to sign a pledge for justice as part of Washington State University’s first Day of Racial Healing, set for Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Participants can go online to to make the pledge to “advance, extend and apply knowledge towards building a future of racial and social justice.”

Participation in the National Day of Racial Healing is intended to help those at WSU and in the greater community “develop critical and reflexive thinking that supports culturally and racially non-harming, compassionate and ethical practices,” according to a university news release.

“The National Day of Racial Healing directly aligns with WSU’s land-grant mission,” WSU President Kirk Schulz said in the news release. “We are here to support the public good, and bringing together our Cougar family in an effort to heal and grow does just that.”

The National Day of Racial Healing was started in 2017 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and “serves as a time for communities to contemplate shared values and create a blueprint together for healing from the effects of racism,” according to the news release.

  • Spokane NAACP President Kiantha Duncan will discuss whether political action can heal racial division and reconcile past injustices at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18, as part of the Foley Speakers Series in the Foley Speakers Room, 308 Bryan Hall, on the Pullman campus. Duncan’s speech will be streamed live on YouTube at

Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.