This has been a very difficult month and year. With so much ongoing senseless and premature death from Covid-19, and this week, in particular, with the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, as well as others, is deeply painful for many of us.
At FCC, we are deeply committed to anti-racist and anti-oppressive pedagogy and practice as well as racial inclusion, equity, and justice. Anti-Black beliefs, behaviors, and sentiments are counter to everything we seek to be, teach, and to learn at FCC. We know the impact this repetition of violence has on communities and individuals at any time but especially during this uncertain and socially distanced time. We therefore want to name that, as a community, we can support one another and imagine a different future and enact it. Therefore, we are taking this moment as a call to action--whether that action be a commitment to learn more, to change how we engage, or to connect with those around us who are most closely impacted and struggling.
To continue us on our journey at this difficult moment the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Multicultural Student Services, and the Center for Student Engagement are offering the following sessions:
Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 11:30am-12:30pm
For Students: A Space to Be and Be Seen
Students, come join Multicultural Student Services for a drop-in time to get support from and offer support to each other if you are struggling with the recent anti-Black violence and death in the African American community around the country. Open to all students, drop in and out: click here to join.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 11am-12:30pm
Connection, Healing, and Support for Faculty and Staff who identify as Black and/or Multiracial Black During this Difficult Time
Join Dr. Kathy Brooks and Dr. Chad Adero in a space that allows us to gather as Black staff and faculty as we struggle with the impact of the recent very visible murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, among so many others in our time and throughout time. This session is for faculty and staff who racially identify as Black and/or Multiracial/Mixed Race Black. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the meeting link.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 11am-12:30pm
Building Capacity for Racial Justice, Community, and Connection
Join Beth Douthirt-Cohen and other members of the FCC community to discuss how we can and have strengthened our capacity to build authentic community and connections across race, how we have strengthened our commitments to further racial justice, and where we want to go next as individuals and as a community. RSVP to email@example.com to receive the link.
Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:00am-11:30pm
Co-curricular Planning on the Theme – “A Call to Action”
Join the Center for Student Engagement as we build our 2020 -2021 co-curricular calendar with offerings designed to combat racism and racial violence. If you are interested in joining the conversation or if you can’t make the SKYPE meeting but wish to share program ideas or suggestions, please contact Jeanni at Jwinstonfirstname.lastname@example.org.
July & August Times/Dates TBD
Building Capacity as Anti-Racists: A Book Club with Dr. Ibram X Kendi's book How to be an Anti-Racist
Join Professor Anne Hofmann for reading and discussing Dr. Kendi's book How to be an Anti-Racist during virtual sessions in late June, mid-July, and mid-August. Interested? Want to learn more? Struggling to read right now but want to join? Need help getting the book? Email Beth at email@example.com with any needs, questions, or concerns.
Additionally, if you are interested in getting involved in more opportunities like this or have ideas or suggestions of what you would like to see more of at FCC, do not hesitate to contact our Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Dr. Beth Douthirt-Cohen, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your suggestions.
Please consider joining one or more of these sessions and take good care of yourselves and each other during this time.
Tony D. Hawkins, PhD
Provost/Executive Vice President
Frederick Community College