Joint Statement from Dr. Tonya Bailey, Chief Diversity Officer, and Dr. Steve Robinson, LCC President
Dear LCC Community,
This week, a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in May of last year.
We stand with the decision of this verdict and embrace this moment as our nation works to address systemic issues and ongoing violence against people of color. We believe the verdict in this trial was a necessary step toward the practice of justice, not an end. We furthermore understand the verdict from this case does not mean that we, as a society, have achieved justice.
The recent killings of Adam Toledo, Daunte Wright and others further solidified that the epidemic of violence against communities of color must cease and we, as a nation, have more work to do. Together, we must build a better world where everyday activities for people of color, such as driving, sleeping in their own home, shopping or jogging, is not done in fear nor results in death.
LCC remains committed to being an inclusive college, and we will continue to embrace and support diversity, equity and inclusion. We take this opportunity to join together to ensure all members of our community - students, faculty, staff, and visitors - not only feel welcomed and safe, but experience our community as a place to thrive. We acknowledge overall efforts and leadership throughout the LCC community that so many of you have exemplified to make diversity, equity and inclusion progress at the college. We further acknowledge the hard work of our campus law enforcement professionals, who have been engaged in reinforcing LCC’s mission to protect and serve our community by embracing reforms well ahead of many agencies.
We encourage our LCC community to continue to engage in courageous conversations; acknowledge what is happening in our society in the classrooms, departmental meetings and workspaces and provide opportunities for individuals to speak, listen, learn and heal.
Our students want to engage in major developments in society and have thoughtful dialogue. Now is the time to showcase our core values and relentless pursuit of change for justice. We know change cannot occur if we refuse to work together or shy away from difficult conversations. We believe in order to achieve an inclusive, just and equitable society we must have open and honest dialogues while suspending judgment and creating a space for learning from one another and celebrate our humanity.
In our efforts to work toward a more inclusive and understanding campus, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a Virtual Healing Space in the Cesar Chavez Learning Center to provide a starting point to begin the process of healing. Everyone is welcome to come to share how their lives have been impacted by recent events and how to find support in and around the LCC community.
Finally, we invite everyone to access the resources needed to take care of yourselves and each other. To support our community, we have compiled some resources to draw on now, as we have in other challenging times in partnership with other LCC support services. Each and every member of our community must know they are valued, they belong here, and that we celebrate the rich diversity they bring to LCC. We should not tolerate anything less.
Tonya Bailey, Chief Diversity Officer
Steve Robinson, President
Virtual Healing Space
The recent verdict in the State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin will serve as a turning point to emotionally charged events that have reshaped our conversation around race, bias, and social justice.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a healing space for LCC faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
April 21-23, 2021 | 3-5pm