Human Services and Rehabilitation to become Health and Community Studies

The Department of Human Services and Rehabilitation at Western Washington Unviersity plans to change its name to the Department of Health and Community Studies effective fall 2015.

The change is being made to better identify the shared values and characteristics of the department's four distinct programs (human services, nursing, adult and higher education, and rehabilitation counseling), wrote department chair Beth Boland in a recent email announcing the change.

"We believe the name change better expresses our shared mission, as well as communicates a more inclusive identity to our internal and external constituencies," Boland wrote in the email.

For more information or to comment on the change, contact Boland at 425-405-1644 or