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America is traumatized. Efficiency at the cost of relationships is one way colored people are feeling chocked up in workspaces and classrooms across America. Culturally the order of things is comprehended differently: 'As you demonstrate that you care about people’s well-being, the work will get done right and with all of their hearts.' -- Parfait Bassalé, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Center
Please remember that SPSCC faculty and staff are here to support you. If you feel overwhelmed and need support, you have access to free counseling services. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Center can also provide added community during this time through the weekly Students of Color Virtual Lounge (meets via Zoom every Thursday at 3pm).
This has been an especially stressful week for many of us. Our lives have been upended already with Coronavirus restrictions and the uncertainty about when things will change. The most recent deaths of unarmed black people, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and the related public unrest across the country adds to the deep sadness, frustrations, and sense that things aren’t getting better.
We at SPSCC work hard to mitigate inequalities in the classroom, and care deeply about our students and the unique qualities each of you bring into the learning environment. We are fully aware of the heartbreak, anger, frustration, disillusionment, and confusion being experienced throughout the world during the past and this week.
Let us reaffirm our pledge to permit each individual in our classroom to show us who they truly are without judgement or preconception. And keep our hearts open enough to accept the expression of all views, no matter how different from our own some may appear.
“The ultimate measure of a person is not where one stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where one stands in times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." – Mahatma Gandhi