Today, our college is closed in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his tireless work to advance civil rights. Like many of you, I am participating in our Racial Healing Week at LCC.
Dr. King’s wise words are often quoted, and this is one quotation that has always stuck with me: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” This ethos guided me into a career in education, and I suspect it’s what brought many of you to a community college as well. During the past year, it took on added significance, as we coped with persistent violence against Black people in our country, a deadly pandemic, political division, and violent riots at the U.S. Capitol. It is clear that we, as a nation, have to be better at serving others during a painful time.
I am proud to say that LCC is working to be better. In June 2020, our Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a “Resolution Addressing Racial Injustice through Equity and Inclusion.” We followed with our collegewide Equity Action Plan in December 2020. We know there has been great work done – for years – by employees around the college, and this plan will help us coordinate and scale up those efforts. If you haven’t yet had a chance to review the plan, I strongly encourage you to do so. This is important work that will be done by and impact all of us.
Enjoy a holiday of reflection and engagement.