Statement on Inequality and the Violence Against Black Lives

June 5, 2020

​To the DMACC Community:

Our hearts remain heavy and troubled with recent events.

“I can’t breathe” was the plea made by Eric Garner before he died at the hands of New York City police in 2014, and that same plea for life was made by George Floyd as a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck on May 25, 2020.

The horrifying and unnecessary death of Mr. Floyd, just weeks after the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and the shooting of Breonna Taylor, has brought national attention to the racism, police brutality and disparities of justice that continue to exist in our nation.

This is a deeply painful time for our entire community, and especially for our Black students and colleagues, with rightful and overwhelming feelings of anger, fear, frustration and grief expressed and shared by many.

These tragedies, and any others like them, must stop, and the unacceptable inequalities and daily mistreatment faced by Black Americans and other marginalized community members cannot be tolerated.

At DMACC, we stand firmly against discrimination of any kind. Our diversity is our strength, and our commitment to fostering an inclusive and welcoming College community is unwavering. Each of us has a responsibility to reject racism, bias and prejudice, and by listening to and supporting one another, we can make deeper, more meaningful connections, increase understanding and respect, and help create real and positive change, together.

To every member of our DMACC community, please know that we see you, we care about you and we stand together with you. We are here for you if you need a place to talk, to share your feelings and concerns, and to find additional support. We don’t always have to agree, but we do have to listen until we understand.

DMACC counselors can provide direct assistance to students and also make community referrals. To connect with a counselor, visit www.dmacc.edu/counseling/Pages/counselingstaff.aspx. Our DMACC employees can also find support and resources at the DMACC Employee Assistance Program website.

Additionally, all DMACC students and employees are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in the DMACC Diversity Commission’s “Voices of Diversity” Virtual Listening Session from Noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11. This session will create a space in which our Black students, staff and faculty, and all members of our DMACC community, can share their frustrations, anxieties, anger and experiences regarding issues of racism and inequality with DMACC leadership and the larger DMACC community, and have those experiences heard and acknowledged. To join this event, please use your DMACC email address to register at https://bit.ly/VoicesofDiversity.

Update (6-12-20): Many thanks to the 300 DMACC community members who joined our first "Voices of Diversity" Virtual Listening Session on June 11. We've heard from many of you that it was an impactful event. Please note that the DMACC Diversity Commission has scheduled an additional session for Noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, and we hope many of you who were unable to attend the first session will join us. Please click here to register in advance.

Update (6-26-20): Thank you to all members of the DMACC community who joined our Youth and Student "Voices of Diversity" Virtual Learning Season on June 25. If you were unable to attend, you can watch a recording of the session here (note: you will need to login with your DMACC username and password to watch the video).

My deepest thanks to each of you for being a member of the DMACC community.

We are, and will continue to be, stronger together.

Rob Denson
DMACC President