Statement Regarding Recent Events
Our principles have never been more important, nor have we faced greater challenges.
What we have witnessed in Minneapolis with the killing of George Floyd, and in too many other places over the years, violates the very core values of ACCT and our commitment to inclusion, acceptance, dignity, and justice for all people. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed continuing inequalities and systemic oppression faced by neighbors and communities disproportionately affected, while also giving rise to a resurgence of xenophobic attacks and fear mongering directed at our brothers and sisters of Asian descent.
Those of us who work tirelessly for good through our community colleges and what they represent must stand united with those afflicted against the base instincts of others among us that seek to divide, denigrate and subjugate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and other differences.
Our principles have never been more important, nor have we faced greater challenges. We at ACCT stand in solidarity with all of you who strive each and every day to keep the doors open to educational and economic opportunity for millions of students and the life-changing pathway we have represented for more than a century.
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.