Valley College is committed to inclusion. We are committed to equity. We are committed to justice. So, too, we recognize our responsibility to actively carry out these commitments.
individuals and as members of this campus community, we embrace and join
those calling for justice in the killings of Breonna Taylor who was at home
in bed in Louisville, Ahmaud Arbery who was jogging in Georgia, and George
Floyd who was a patron in Minneapolis. Along with so many others, we call
for critical change to stop all senseless acts. Bias, prejudice,
discrimination and the violence they foment and breed must be replaced with
fair-mindedness, empathy, and equity.
an institution, we know that we have a responsibility to be a place of high
expectations and essential values, and the wisdom and fortitude necessary
to put our best into action. These are essential antidotes to the
indifferent violence perpetrated on Ms. Taylor, Mr. Arbery, Mr. Floyd and
every other person subjected to such acts.
of our place in the world is to call out, repair, and ideally prevent hate,
indifference, and micro- and macroaggressions. IVC’s recent and ongoing
resources include the new Office of Student Life and Equity, our
Coordinator of Equity Programs, our Student Equity Plan, our Student Equity
and Achievement Program, and our Institutional Effectiveness Partnership
Initiative grant addressing multiple matters of diversity and inclusion. We
are committed to caring, informed, proactive, inclusion-based programs,
services and campus climate. Nothing less will do because anything less
would disregard our clear responsibility and substantial ability to do the
a campus community, we believe in, embrace, and act on the power of
enlightened education to bring about positive change, including informed
and compassionate individuals who work to make themselves and others party
to our highest ideals rather than our lowest possibilities. We will provide
members of the campus community with virtual and other resources for
discussing what is happening, expressing our feelings, sharing our hopes
and fears, developing our individual and collective wisdom, and creating
paths forward for restorative justice. Refer to the Student Equity at IVC site for upcoming
resources. Also, please read a letter sent to students from the Associated Students of IVC (ASIVC) regarding George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.
The IVC community stands firmly together against all
acts of injustice, inequity, and racism while also standing
solidly opposed to acts that take the focus away from
essential change, including those resulting in violence and the
destruction of property.
We raise our
voices with all of those demanding an end to the injustices and we are
insisting on individual, institutional, corporate, and national
righteousness. Use your power individually and collectively to organize, to
vote, to create the change we need in this country to eradicate racism,
bigotry, and injustice, once and for all.
At IVC, we remain
committed to pursuing the truth and understanding necessary to develop the
empathy, insight, and strength necessary to overcome. We are IVC and we
stand with each and every member of the IVC campus community in these