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'Our Values Guide Us'

DATE: Monday, June 1, 2020

"This is a moment to reaffirm HCC's commitment to creating the most inclusive and diverse community that we possibly can – one that is free of discrimination; one that embraces differences; and one that respects all individuals." – President Christina Royal

HCC campus center

June 1, 2020

The tragic circumstances surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have again exposed the systemic discrimination and unjust racial disparities that continue to plague our country. As an institution of higher education, we have an obligation to speak out against hatred, prejudice, and intolerance, and work together to advance equity and build a world free of racial violence, bigotry, and marginalization.

My message today is also one of compassion for all whose skin color makes them a target of hate. Racism takes an unrelenting toll on the lives of people of color. I encourage all members of our community to show their support for the students, colleagues, and neighbors who are feeling the weight of this tragedy. This is a moment to reaffirm HCC's commitment to creating the most inclusive and diverse community that we possibly can – one that is free of discrimination; one that embraces differences; and one that respects all individuals.

Today and every day, our institutional values of kindness, inclusion, and trust guide us. HCC's diversity is and will remain among our greatest strengths. Even amid the uncertainty we're already experiencing, our college community will continue to strive for positive change. 

Sincerely,

Christina

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Christina Royal
President
Holyoke Community College



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