University Theme

A Letter from the UTC Co-Chairs

Environment: A Foundation for Social Responsibility

Dear WIU Community,

For 13 years the Western Illinois University theme has brought engaging speakers, programs and events to campus that serve as a springboard for thought-provoking discussions in our classrooms. Over the years, topics have included civility, social justice, civic engagement, cultural diversity, global challenges, environmental sustainability, education, science and technology, and war and peace.  In 2014-2015 the theme was “Ethics:  A Foundation for Personal Growth and Social Responsibility.” 

For the 2015-16 year, the theme is “Environment:  A Foundation for Social Responsibility.”  Our climate is changing and now more than ever, the interests of people and the planet are bound together and depend upon each other.    A healthy natural environment is good for human well-being, and it is our social responsibility as a society to ensure that all people have access to the resources they need to live happy, healthy and successful lives.  This is no easy task, as we face widening social and economic inequalities and accelerating damage to the natural environment.  These changes force us to re-examine how we choose to live our lives.   

This year’s theme will allow individuals and departments across the university opportunities to creatively expose Western students, staff, faculty, and the community to issues and topics specific to their disciplines that encompass environmental sustainability and social responsibility in a significant manner. 

The University Theme Committee is open to suggestions and all are welcome to attend our meetings.  We look forward to your participation with the University Theme.



Heather McIlvaine-Newsad

Professor of Anthropology, Sociology & Anthropology


Michelle Janisz

Director of Student Activities


Nancy Parsons

Associate Provost


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