Welcome to the inaugural issue of the newsletter of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA). We’re the undergraduate academic support and policy people and units within the Provost’s area of Academic Affairs, comprised of the former Office of Undergraduate Education and the Office of Academic Engagement.
We are excited to share stories of accomplishment, innovation, and resilience among our students, staff, and faculty, and to share timely information that you can use. We also want to introduce our talented staff to the larger WSU community, and highlight our programs’ many events that appear on our online calendars.
We chose “Star” as our title for its many evocative resonances: light, brilliance, direction, guiding, distinction; and as an acronym for problem-solving and storytelling methods. It is, as well, a traditional name for a newspaper (Evening Star, Morning Star). Galileo’s ground-breaking work was The Starry Messenger. We hope the DAESA STAR illuminates the distinctions of our students, staff, and faculty; provides light and guidance where needed; and points toward solutions to problems and barriers. Ultimately we want this collective work to support a more just and equitable student experience and institutional structure.
—Mary Wack, Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement