California Community College Leaders Condemn Racist Personal Attacks Against Colleagues
SACRAMENTO, CA – In response to criticisms some California community college leaders have received after making public statements regarding the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that occurred on January 6, 2021, the Community College League of California (League) releases the following joint statement in support of our institutions and their leaders:
“The Community College League of California condemns the racist and hateful personal attacks against our state’s community college leaders and our colleagues. California Community Colleges are the most diverse public institutions of higher education in the U.S. and are uniquely positioned to offer educational opportunities and career education to California’s historically underserved communities.
The leaders of our 116 colleges have the right and responsibility to uphold and defend the values that constitute our mission, and to participate in the public discourse that is fundamental to higher education and a pluralistic democratic republic. As we all navigate these difficult times in our nation’s history, we ask that you stay steadfast in your support to our California Community College leaders.
Truth, learning, reasoned and civil debate, and service to students and communities represent some of the most significant values that we cherish and seek to champion.”
This statement is released jointly by Adrienne Grey, California Community College Trustees (CCCT) Board President, Dr. Pam Luster, Chief Executive Officers of California Community Colleges Board President, and Dr. Larry Galizio, Community College League of California President & CEO.
The Community College League of California (League), whose vision is Quality Public Community Colleges for All Californians, is a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a voluntary membership of the 73 local community college districts in California. The League promotes student access and success by strengthening colleges through advocacy, policy development, leadership development, and district services. Visit our website at www.ccleague.org.