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Black Lives Matter

Solidarity With the Black Community


 

Dear Triton Community,

We are saddened and outraged and join with the families and nation to mourn the tragic and unjust killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and Manuel Ellis in Washington. Around the nation and world, people are incensed, grieving, and standing up to denounce police brutality and racism. They are marching, protesting, sending money to support protesters, writing letters, and calling on their institutions to take a stand.

As leaders of the Edmonds College community, we unequivocally denounce racism, bigotry, police brutality, acts of racial violence, and other injustices. We acknowledge that it is imperative that we speak out and demand justice for the Black lives lost as a result of police brutality and anti-Blackness.

Acts of violence persist in the U.S. because systemic racism and oppression plague our nation. Within our institutions and society, Black people continue to be oppressed, criminalized, and denied their basic human rights. These acts of racial violence against Black people are ingrained in the fabric of this nation and will persist until we dismantle systemic injustices.

In order to address systemic racism and create sustainable antiracist solutions at Edmonds College, we must acknowledge the trauma, stress, and anxiety that Black students, faculty, staff, and the Black community are experiencing. Our Black students are continuing to attend school and are expected to excel even though they are deeply impacted. Black employees are still required to be productive and go to work even though they are stressed and concerned about their health and safety. Black people have made the decision to engage in marches, protests, writing campaigns, and many other activities and events that raise their stress and anxiety levels and put them in unsafe spaces. These are experiences that White people may not understand because of their White privilege. With this knowledge, it would be negligent for our institution not to take a public stance.

As leaders of our campus community, we must create a safe space for Black students, employees, and other minoritized groups to share their concerns, experiences, and suggestions on how to address racial inequities; hire, maintain, and promote Black faculty and staff; evaluate and interrogate policies and procedures that perpetuate institutional racism to eliminate barriers; invest more in professional development focused on eliminating racism, bias, and other forms of discrimination; create space for feedback; and consistently demand accountability.

We know this work has already proven itself to be challenging, but in order to truly create transformative change on our campus, antiracism work must be a focal point. We must remain vigilant and hopeful. We unwaveringly stand in solidarity and declare that Black Lives Matter. Standing up and taking action is not an option; it's a moral imperative.

#BlackLivesMatter

Signed,

Edmonds College Leadership Team

Dr. Amit B. Singh, President

Dr. Charlie Crawford, Executive Vice President for Instruction

Christina Castorena, Vice President for Student Services

Dr. Yvonne Terrell-Powell, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

Gregory Hinton, Vice President for Finance and Operations

Danielle Carnes, Vice President for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Terry Cox, Vice President for Workforce Development and Training

Jim Mulik, Senior Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Grants

Mushka Rohani, Executive Director of Human Resources

Brad Thomas, Executive Director of the Edmonds College Foundation

Eva Smith, Chief Information Officer

Kristen NyQuist, Executive Assistant to the President


Edmonds College Board of Trustees Resolutions

At the June 11, 2020 Edmonds College Board of Trustees meeting, the EC Trustees approved the following two resolutions:


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How can I get help if I’m struggling?

During such challenging and difficult times, it is important to remember self care. Support is available for students and employees if needed:

  • Students: The Counseling and Resource Center offers free and confidential mental health services through virtual telehealth sessions. Call 425.640.1358 or email counseling@edcc.edu. You can also get support from the Center for Cultural Diversity and Inclusion (CSCDI). To book an appointment, email eduardo.torres@edcc.edu.
  • Employees: The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to employees. Call the EAP to set up a confidential appointment at 1.800.648.5834.

How can I report a bias incident or hate crime?

If you've experienced or witnessed a bias incident or hate crime, please use this form to report the incident. Your report will be routed to the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Yvonne Terrell-Powell. 


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