The senseless race-related violence we are witnessing in the news should remind us all of the importance of the work we are doing at LBCC and our responsibility to our students and community.

As one of the most diverse colleges in the nation, we must recognize the impacts that these frequently occurring national tragedies are having on our students. I challenge us to engage our students and their leaders in dialogues that address the angst that they are feeling, give them hope for the future and provide them with the life skills they need to address problems of race, poverty and uncertainty in positive and constructive ways.

Of course, the best way we can arm our students with tools to combat our national crisis is to give them the high quality college credentials they need to succeed in this ever more challenging economy. Let’s double our efforts this coming academic year and ensure that every LBCC student succeeds.

Thank you.