One year after racial tensions reached a boiling point worldwide following the death of George Floyd, it is painfully clear that our communities continue to feel the impact. Because racial and social injustice continues to be an essential topic, now is the time to reflect, educate, listen, and understand our entire community.
As I shared during
our town hall last week, our current actions define us today and for generations to come. Therefore, we must meet this moment by reflecting on who we are and who we aspire to be. I am encouraged that we are having critical conversations on both our campuses and in our communities. These conversations, however, make it clear that there is much more work to be done.
That is why Dallas College created the Office of Social Responsibility and Inclusion: to facilitate actions that make us a more robust, just, and more welcoming institution. With that in mind, we have provided employees with the following resources to help guide them on their journey.
Educate: by engaging in a meaningful conversation on race and equity or through an organized learning opportunity. Several courses on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are available via
Cornerstone Learning (login required).
Empower: by visiting a local history and heritage museum
African American Museum - the African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwest devoted to preserving and displaying African American artistic, cultural, and historical materials. It has one of the most prominent African American Folk Art collections in the U.S.
Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum - Dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.
The Crow Museum of Asian Art - Inspires and promotes learning and dialogue about the arts and cultures of Asia through exhibitions and artistic and educational programming.
Latino Cultural Center – This is a multidisciplinary arts center to preserve, develop, and promote Latino and Hispanic arts and culture.
Encourage: by volunteering with local community service organizations or through other opportunities
Moving forward, we remain deeply committed to this cause. We are in the process of developing a 'Social Responsibility Day' that allows us to recognize and honor all cultures along with the ethnic and social aspects that make them unique. We will be engaging with employee groups over the coming months to create the framework around this initiative.
For more information about the work we're doing to promote a more equitable and inclusive Dallas College for our students, one another, and our community, please visit the
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion SharePoint site (login required). We hope that we all can embrace a more profound commitment to understanding, accepting, and celebrating our shared humanity.