9.24.20 | Dear Students: And so we continue the fight

Dear Students,

Though I do not tire of discussing with you issues of social justice and racial equity, I wish these conversations were sparked by positive events and examples of progress in our nation. Unfortunately, today is not that day. 

Yesterday afternoon we learned the disheartening news that the Louisville, Kentucky police officers who shot Breonna Taylor would not be held accountable for her death. 

Breonna Taylor deserved better. Our country deserves better. And so we continue the fight.

Fighting for a just and anti-racist community, institution, and nation should not be a divisive issue of blame, partisan politics, or us vs. them. It should be a shared priority built on the understanding that equity and inclusion make our world better for everyone.

At CCAD, we believe we have a shared responsibility to achieve justice. Our Presidential Commission on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion will continue its multipronged effort to respond to and be an active participant in the national reckoning over racial injustice. And, we will continue to make progress on the priorities laid out in our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Action Plan, sharing our next update from the Commission at the end of October. 

If you take to the streets, know that we support your right to and reason for protest while also hoping for your safety and peaceful demonstrations. We will continue to be persistent and intentional in our work to live up to our Core Values and our commitment to making CCAD a more just and equitable place for all.