Why some universities need to ‘reclaim’ the word ‘western’

Western universities need “to re-define” the word “western,” according to a petition calling for a rebranding of the university brand.

The petition has been launched by a group of more than 100 faculty members at the University of Washington, which has historically been known as the “West.” 

The group argues that “Western” has been synonymous with “Western civilization,” and that the University has not done enough to “reclaim the word.” 

“Western universities are increasingly perceived as places of ‘westernism,’ where people can feel safe and secure without feeling uncomfortable,” the petition reads. 

The petition, which had nearly 10,000 signatures by Wednesday, is one of several in recent weeks urging Western universities to take a more inclusive stance towards diversity. 

In October, an independent review panel found that Western institutions were not doing enough to combat racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry. 

“The Western world has long been defined by its history and culture, and it is not a coincidence that our greatest achievement as a nation has been to bring us to this moment,” the review panel wrote.

“Western culture has shaped our values, institutions, and institutions of higher learning in ways that have enriched and informed the world.

Western universities are a vital hub of knowledge, research, and the creation of knowledge.”