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QCC Holds Ongoing Conversations to Promote Better Understanding

June, 2020
  • QCC’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
    QCC’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

The Black Lives Matter protests seen across the country have opened the floodgates to important conversations and even more importantly, actions. At Quinsigamond Community College, President Dr. Luis Pedraja is making sure the College is addressing the issues of systemic racism head-on, with in-depth conversations on racial issues and the impact of systemic racism on the College and community.

“Together as a community, in the days and weeks to follow we will be working to ensure that our practices and curriculum reflect diverse and inclusive perspectives. We will work on identifying barriers to equity, then develop and implement a strategic action plan to address them,” Dr. Pedraja said.

QCC’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, co- chaired by QCC staff member Selina Boria and faculty member Brenda Safford, have already begun holding voluntary, remote conversational talks, “Your Voice Matters: Community Conversations,” for faculty and staff. This is an opportunity for faculty and staff to engage in open dialogue.

“The Black Lives Matter protests have prompted institutions to review how well they are cultivating a campus climate that values diversity and fosters student success,” Professor Safford said. “The Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee realized the need to provide a space for faculty and staff to have a platform to share concerns and to learn about racial injustices and systemic racism.”

The College is also planning similar group discussions in student services, academic affairs, staffing, campus police, administrative services, and other areas on campus “to continue the conversations and address any concerns in our community.”

“We will make certain our practices and curriculum reflect diverse and inclusive perspectives. It is imperative that we continue to educate our college community about systemic racism and amplify the voices of those who must be heard in our society in order to effect change,” President Pedraja said.

The College also plans to resume its Brave Space sessions for students in the fall, if not sooner. This ongoing program enables students to engage in constructive, courageous conversations in a safe and judgement-free environment.

Read more from President Pedraja

For more information, visit the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee.

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