We stand with you, and we are committed to action.
We are in the midst of challenging and traumatic times. Acts of violence, racism, and inequity are affecting Black members of our community, both nationally and locally. The senseless killings of unarmed Black men and women including Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Manuel Ellis and Breonna Taylor, continue to weigh heavily on the minds and hearts of many, including my own.
I understand that navigating, working, caring for others, and trying to simply carry on from day to day is extremely difficult. Unconscious biases run deep. We are individually accountable for standing against racism, yet we must work together to dismantle institutional racism and combat historical and present injustices impacting marginalized communities.
We are working to embed equity further into our institutional climate, policies, and practices. I commit to providing a platform to listen and be informed by employees and students of color, who are most impacted by systemic racism, to create more equitable systems and structures. EDI training is essential and will be mandated for all CPTC employees as a collective educational foundation. Divisional participation in the advancement of EDI programming, interventions, and efforts will be supported and required. Administration and college leadership is in full support of the EDI strategic priorities identified by the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Clover Park Technical College and the members of our College community stand firmly against all acts of violence, racism, and bigotry. It is our responsibility to model respect, equity, and inclusion, and to speak out against inequities and injustices in our community and society. As a College, we will do better. We have started this important work and we will continue until transformative change is accomplished and beyond. I want the Black members of our community to know, we see you, we hear you, we stand with you, and we are committed to action.
Black lives matter.
Dr. Joyce Loveday