Our Commitment To Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
ACCT and AACC have a longstanding commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Recent events have prompted us to take another look at our joint statement and amend it to reflect the current state of affairs. The text that was added to the original statement is below and the full statement can be viewed here.
AACC and ACCT denounce all acts of racism, hate, violence, and injustice. We stand with the individuals who have been marginalized, oppressed, and murdered due to their ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, and sexual behavior. As associations that represent community colleges serving 42% of undergraduates in the United States, we place a premium on equal access to the American Dream for everyone. We condemn rhetoric and actions by individuals and groups that threaten individuals based upon the color of their skin, their ethnic backgrounds, or their identification as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. We stand in solidarity with organizations that seek to end systemic racism, and we strongly encourage our community colleges to place a critical lens on their policies and procedures to ensure that all students engage with higher education on an equal playing field. Further, we support our community college leaders becoming allies to organizations seeking to improve educational and workforce opportunities, as well as other public services to ensure a better America.
While we are proud to stand firmly against racism, we acknowledge that statements are not enough. In the coming weeks, we will be sending you additional information on ways to engage your college and community in activities and conversations to help eradicate systemic racism. We are proud of the diverse culture of the nation’s community colleges and will continue to work with you to navigate these important issues.
J. Noah Brown
President & CEO, ACCT
Walter G. Bumphus, Ph.D.
President & CEO, AACC