Embracing the Ideals of Diversity and Inclusion

A Message from President Joyce Judy:

Dear CCV Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am writing to our college community today to acknowledge the anguish and grief that has spread across our nation in response to the recent incidents of police brutality and racial injustice that have resulted in the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as well as Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. Their names have now been added to the list of countless others who have lost their lives because of the injustice of racism that reaches back through the generations in our nation’s history.

These events are deeply sad and challenging, and silence is not an option for any institution of education. We must take notice, both as individuals and as members of our learning communities. We must reflect on and learn from the stark and violent images we are seeing in the media and try to understand the systems that allow these injustices to continue in America today. We must be vigilant in this effort if we want to live in a fair and just society.

As our nation struggles to both uncover and understand our failings, likewise the CCV community must take steps to grapple with our own shortcomings and reaffirm our core values. We strive to be a college that is built on respect, where we value the presence and voice of every member of our community and embrace the ideals of diversity and inclusion. Open, honest, respectful discussion and self-reflection on the issues of racism, policing, fairness, and injustice are the first steps in righting the wrongs of injustice in our society.

In recent days, I have heard from many of you with ideas and passion for working on social justice at CCV. We have a leadership role to play, and I look forward to working together in the days and weeks ahead to support positive change within our college and our broader communities.

With hope for the future,

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