June 8th, 2020
Dear VVC Community,
In the midst of a world-wide pandemic, humankind has been rocked to its core by the brutal murder of George Floyd, and many other African Americans before him. Mr. Floyd’s death demonstrated the deep-seated, long-standing divisions in society, and I feel safe in writing that we have all been witness to racial disparities in the treatment of our black communities.
As your Superintendent/President, I feel compelled to condemn injustice and discrimination and believe it is critical that we stand together in our commitment as a college community to actively promote equality and diversity. It is our responsibility to provide a welcoming, caring and inclusive environment to our students, and it is our responsibility to cultivate a workplace that is truly inclusive to all.
The California Community College Chancellor’s Office hosted a “Call to Action” webinar that laid out six key areas where we can take action against the structural racism and inequality that exists in our communities. I want Victor Valley College to be crystal clear in its commitment of the implementation of these six areas of action.
Tomorrow, Tuesday June 9th, at the Board of Trustees Special meeting at 5:55 p.m., a Call to Action letter from the Chancellor’s office will be read aloud. Immediately following, at the Regular Board of Trustees meeting, item 8.11 will open discussion of Resolution No. 20-11: Support and Solidarity Against Civil Rights Violations.
I invite you to tune in for both of these important meetings. The link to the meetings is below:
Also, the Office of Student Equity is holding a Student Equity Forum this Thursday, June 11th at 12 p.m. This will be the first of many forums of this kind to allow a safe place for our VVC community and its students to share dialogue on how we can be a part of the change that is so desperately needed in our society. I hope you will take the time to join us for this important webinar. You can register for this at the link below:
How can you, as an individual, take concrete action now?
• Speak up when you experience or witness intolerance, mistreatment or bias in action.
• Create an inclusive environment, seeking different perspectives from your own.
• Participate in open dialog opportunities to process your feelings and to better understand the feelings of others.
• And finally, you may have seen the national moment of silence for George Floyd that took place on June 4th. I encourage each of you to spend 8 minutes and 46 seconds in reflection and in honor of a human being that was senselessly murdered.
Please join us in solidarity against mistreatment of any of our humankind. We deserve a better world where all people regardless of our differences are treated equally and fairly.