Dear Campus Community,
It’s been a year since the world witnessed the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department and its officers. That event launched an immediate reaction to the latest death at the hands of police and the call for reform. Within that reform is the call to humanize persons of color. But it also launched the conversation about racial and social disparities that exist within the wealthiest nation in the world. In the year since this senseless death, we have worked at having a better understanding of the issues that confront us today and that have confronted us since 1619.
Our college has taken up the challenge to be better. We are working on answering the call to recognize that we have one of the highest responsibilities in our society—creating a skilled and educated workforce and electorate. The changes we have witnessed and are witnessing can only happen if our community is equipped to engage in effective dialogue and persuasion. We must create critical thinkers who are equipped to stand tall in their convictions. It saddens me that we still are having these conversations and that the work before us is so great. We need to remain vigilant in our pursuit of equity, justice and leaving a better society than we inherited.
As we think about this solemn anniversary, let us remember that the work we do matters and is critical. We cannot get complacent and wait for someone else to make our world better. Equity is intentional. Change is intentional. Choosing good over evil is intentional. Let us use today as the reminder of the work ahead of us.
Thank you for being who you are.
Eric B. Bishop, Ed.D.
Ohlone Community College District