Statement from Associated Student Government Leadership

Statement of Solidarity and Support

To the Community of LWTech:

As ASG Officers, it is our responsibility to advocate and speak on behalf of students for what is right. Lake Washington Institute of Technology is a diverse institution, and we strive to create a community of belonging. We cannot begin to imagine the feelings our Black students are facing. As much as it saddens us to see such racial injustice, it doesn't surprise us. Systemic racism is something that has persisted for centuries and remains heavily institutionalized in this country. 

George Floyd, an innocent unarmed Black man, was murdered by White Police Officer, Derek Chauvin, on May 25, 2020. Breonna Taylor, an honest Black woman, was shot by a white police officer in her neighborhood on March 13, 2020. Ahmaud Arbery, an innocent Black man, was killed and recorded by a White man, Gregor McMichael, and his son, Travis McMichael, while jogging on February 23, 2020. Philando Castile, an innocent Black man, got pulled over and shot by a police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, seven times in front of his wife and daughter on July 6, 2016. We want to recognize that these are not the only innocent Black lives that have been taken by the fault of racism still apparent in this country. It is unacceptable that a system meant to protect the people continues to create injustice for the Black community. We want to make it clear to our college community that we support the Black Lives Matter movement. We stand on the side of justice, and we will continue to do so. Now is the time we participate in making long-lasting active change. This is history in the making. To better understand how to be an ally and support, we have compiled a list of resources. It is essential to educate yourself, speak up, and stand with each other against prejudice in this country. 

As student leaders, it is our mission to achieve true allyship:an active, consistent, and arduous practice of unlearning and re-evaluating, in which a person in a position of privilege and power seeks to operate in solidarity with a marginalized group. 

We encourage our community to:

  1. Ask questions.
  2. Stay informed:Ten Ways to Fight Hate,Allyship,Color of Change
  3. Donate: Bail funds for protesters, Nationwide bail fund, George Floyd Memorial Fund, Campaign Zero, Southern Poverty Law Center, Black Lives Matter Seattle, Tacoma Urban League
  4. Vote: Register to vote, participate in Federal and State elections, show your representatives that you care about legislation that supports the Black Lives Matter movement.
  5. Get Involved on Campus: participate in committees, let the college hear your voice, join the many different events the RISE (Resources for Inclusion, Support, and Equity) center hosts.
  6. Stand in solidarity.
  7. Show empathy.
  8. Recognize the privilege you have and use it to help those who don't have it. 

There are resources available from college for our students. There are counseling services available by appointment through Zoom meeting, and phone; Tuesday through Friday, and each session is 50 minutes. You can find more information on the Counseling page (LWTech.edu/counseling).

LWTech's RISE Center will be holding spaces for students to talk about the protests and the lives lost.

Right now, we have the chance to make a difference. 

Start a difficult conversation now with your family and friends. 

Donate if you can. 

We must work together to change the system.

Black lives matter.

Your Associated Student Government Executive Board Officers:

Ellienn Tatar (Ellienn.Tatar@lwtech.edu)
Foram Joshi (Foram.Joshi@lwtech.edu)
Lulu Corona (Lulu.Corona@lwtech.edu)
Nathan Nguyen (Nathan.Nguyen@lwtech.edu)
Pablo Bautista (Pablo.Bautista@lwtech.edu)