We have watched in dismay at the events that have unfolded in recent weeks. As an institution of higher learning, our purpose is to enhance the quality of life for our students and the communities we serve. We reaffirm our mission to “provide accessible educational opportunities that are responsive to a diverse population and lead to constructive citizenship, meaningful careers, and lifelong learning.”
We know that constructive citizenship is challenging and difficult. We are committed to encouraging our students and communities to be constructively involved in civic, state, national, and world matters. We acknowledge that there are differences in how people of color are treated and call on every citizen to support equal justice under the law for all. Collectively, we need to listen and learn from each other as we seek life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Lifelong learning requires each of us to reassess our beliefs, values, and guiding principles. We must be committed to promoting the value of racial diversity and varied perspectives here in Cochise County and beyond. We acknowledge that more needs to be done to ensure that all feel welcome, safe, and valued. Together we must work to be better as a college, as a community, and as individuals.