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MACC Presidents Statement on Systemic Racism

Joint Statement from the Massachusetts Community College Presidents

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We join the nation in its grief and anger over the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, and the far too many other Black Americans killed by racial violence. Institutional racism is deeply rooted in our nation. It harms members of our Black community and it harms all of us. Together, the 15 community colleges loudly condemn racism and echo the call-to-action demanding changes to public policy that promote equity and justice in policing, housing, healthcare, education, and more.

Pursuing equity is a core value to each of our colleges, and we know we have work to do to make that a reality. We stand with the Black community in Massachusetts and across the country, and as college presidents, we will work to use every intervention possible to achieve equity in opportunities and outcomes of our students. We are also deeply committed to dismantling institutional racism.

We keep the families of those killed in our hearts and stand in solidarity with those protesting for change.”

Ellen L. Kennedy, President
Berkshire Community College
Patricia A. Gentile, President
North Shore Community College
Christina Royal, President
Holyoke Community College
James C. Mabry, President
Middlesex Community College
John L. Cox, President
Cape Cod Community College
Valerie R. Roberson, President
Roxbury Community College
Laura L. Douglas, President
Bristol Community College
Lane A. Glenn, President
Northern Essex Community College
Gena Glickman, President
Massasoit Community College
James Vander Hooven, President
Mount Wachusett Community College
Yves Salomon-Fernandez, President
Greenfield Community College
John B. Cook, President
Springfield Technical Community College
Pam Eddinger, President
Bunker Hill Community College
Luis Pedraja, President
Quinsigamond Community College
David Podell, President
MassBay Community College