Black Lives Matter

LWTech Stands in
Solidarity with the Black Community

Message from the President

Message to the College Community: Anniversary of George Floyd's Murder

Sent on May 25, 2021

Today marks a day of remembrance and solidarity for 569 seconds that changed history. This event has shifted our focus as a nation, and we are committed at LWTech to do our part.

The murder of George Floyd prompted global protests, outcries for restorative justice, and meaningful conversations that shaped how we see our common humanity. We cannot underscore the importance of this moment, and we can’t let up on our pursuit of systemic change in our country, in our community, and at our college.

Our country is experiencing a racial awakening and calls for social justice we haven’t seen in decades. Since George Floyd’s murder, unfortunately, there have been additional incidences of Black people being killed by law enforcement. The racism and violence our Black, Indigenous, Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and People of Color communities experience throughout our country has not lessened. There is still so much work to do to eliminate structural racism in this country and at the college.

As our Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Robert Britten shared, “George Floyd and countless others have paid the ultimate price in this struggle for equality and we cannot allow doubt, fear or hate to undermine our collective desire for unity within our nation and among our fellow human beings.”

We honor George Floyd’s life, and we continue to support our Black, Indigenous, Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and People of Color students, faculty, staff, and neighbors who experience racism, hate and violence. I, along with the Board of Trustees and Executive Cabinet, are more committed than ever to continue our work to eliminate structural racism at the college, steeped in empathy for those who are living each day with the trauma and fatigue of experiencing racism.

There are anniversaries you celebrate and there are anniversaries you honor. Today, we take this time to pause, reflect upon George Floyd’s life and those 569 seconds that changed our world. We forge ahead and do the work to dismantle structural racism at the college, as we continue to heal and grow as a country and as a community.

Amy

 

Message to the College Community

June 5, 2020

The murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer, has ignited in all of us new level of sadness, frustration, anger, and disappointment in the systemic racism, oppression and violence that people of color, specifically black people, experience in our country every day.

In addition to the alarming number of unarmed black men and women killed while in police custody, the country has been saddened and horrified by the systemic racism that plagues our health care system, and how that has directly manifested in the disproportionate deaths of black and brown Americans from COVID-19. The common denominator is systemic racism and anti-blackness that runs generations deep in our country. Now is our time to dismantle those systems on our campus, in our community, and in our country.

This past Tuesday, June 2, members of Executive Cabinet and I met with our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (EDIC) leadership team, and members of the Associated Student Government (ASG) leadership team, to discuss ways that we as a college community can take action, and how we can best support our black students and colleagues.

Directly following that meeting, Executive Cabinet and I met to discuss next steps and our action plan.

I want to convey to you that it is a priority for me, and Executive Cabinet, to provide the necessary resources for our college community to do this important and necessary work.

I also want to acknowledge that this is a very painful time for our black students and colleagues. Oftentimes, the burden to lead conversations about race, racism, injustice, inclusion, and inequities falls disproportionally on colleagues of color. I do not want this burden to fall on them again this time.

Now is the time for all of us to stand together and support our black students and colleagues.

College leadership is working in partnership with the EDIC and ASG to create a short-term and long-term plan for how the college will work to end systemic racism and violence against black people in this country.

Yesterday, I presented the draft plan to the members of the EDIC for input and discussion. The plan will be shared on this page in the coming days.

There is no end date for this work. It is my commitment and promise to you, to keep this work to end systematic racism and oppression, at the forefront of how we, as a college, move forward. It is our responsibility as educators to teach inclusion and acceptance, and to weave this into our coursework and operations. It is our responsibility as human beings to stand up to racism and oppression of black people.

I encourage you to check back to this page often, as we will be providing regular updates on resources and plans.

Together, we stand in solidarity with the black community.

Amy

Dr. Amy Morrison, President
Lake Washington Institute of Technology

 


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