RAMC Urges Greater Compassion, Understanding in Wake of Protests

Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), A coalition of community colleges, today issued a statement in response to protests against racism and police brutality that continue in cities around the country.

Joe May, RAMC Board President and Chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, said, “The protests sweeping across the nation, including in my hometown of Dallas, underscore the fact that widespread racism continues to harm our communities and limit opportunities for thousands of Americans.

“As community college presidents, we are on the frontlines of ensuring meaningful postsecondary opportunities are available to all students, regardless of race, background, or circumstance. We have a fundamental responsibility to serve those who come to us in pursuit of education and skills development with compassion, respect, and equality. Racial and cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths as a nation, contributing to new ideas, unparalleled innovation, and greater opportunity.

“RAMC leaders know we each have an obligation to take this time to learn from one another and identify new avenues to improve ourselves and the systems that underpin our country – and that includes our higher education system – to ensure greater access, equity and justice.”

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