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Massachusetts Community Colleges Unite Against Hatred

Contact: Karen Hutner
Office of Institutional Communications
khutner [at]

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The Presidents of the 15 Community Colleges of Massachusetts unite to voice our opposition to the violence, bigotry, racism and hate we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend. 

The students on our campuses across the Commonwealth reflect the rich diversity of our nation.  Our philosophy of teaching and learning has, at its core, the promise of inclusive excellence and social justice.  We embrace our shared values of global citizenship and prize the richness of cultural wealth in our diverse communities.  We respect people from all nations, cultures, background, and experience and welcome them to join our community of scholars and learners, for therein lies the hope and the future strength of our nation and our world.

We reject, in the strongest possible terms, hateful rhetoric, harmful actions, or attempts to diminish the values or identity of our community members, while remaining committed to the fundamental right of free speech.  These actions will not gain a foothold on our campuses. We will provide safe and secure environments for our students, faculty and staff.  We will continue to embrace the diversity that makes our institutions strong.

Our community colleges are democracy’s colleges.  The teaching and learning that happen at our 15 colleges speaks to the immense compassion and potential that enrich our nation.  In these times that test our resolve as leaders, we renew our pledge to our communities.  You are all welcome and valued; your religion, race, ethnicity, language, citizenship, and gender are honored.  We will continue to learn together.  Hate has no place at our Massachusetts Community Colleges.


President, Berkshire Community College


President, Middlesex Community College


President, Bristol Community College


President, Mt. Wachusett Community College


President, Bunker Hill Community College


President, North Shore Community College


President, Cape Cod Community College



President, Northern Essex Community College


President, Greenfield Community College


President, Quinsigamond Community College


President, Holyoke Community College


President, Roxbury Community College


President, MassBay Community College


President, Springfield Technical Community College


President, Massasoit Community College



Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.