Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Letter to the editor: Dialogue Day in line with PLU 2020

By Kyle Monahan, junior

I’d like to bring your attention to a section of the Pacific Lutheran University 2020 plan, with regard to creating a diverse, just and sustainable community:

“The university should articulate a clear understanding of PLU’s aspirations as a diverse, just and sustainable learning community with a commitment to local, regional, national and global outreach and an ongoing commitment to a diverse learning community of faculty, staff and students.”

We believe that spending money — in this case a minute fraction of our operating budget — on community outreach is an excellent use of PLU funds.

By supporting events such as Community Dialogue Day, we are involving students, faculty and members of the surrounding community in discussion about the future relationships between PLU and Parkland.

It would cost a lot more than $1,000 to pick up the PLU campus and move it to a “safer” location. Parkland is where we live, and there is nothing to gain in the long term by isolating ourselves.

Our best strategy is to create a better relationship with our neighbors. The only precedent we are setting is that ASPLU will do the work it takes to make PLU a better place for students.

We are meeting long term goals for the university, and I believe that is an admirable use of tuition money.