A Message from the President: Caring for Each Other

May 29, 2020

Hello all,

I reach out to each of you today with a heavy heart once again. On Monday, May 25, a handcuffed black man named George Floyd died after being pinned to the ground with the knee of a white police officer on his neck. Three other police officers at the scene refused to intervene. Their refusal to act was a powerful demonstration of what silence and inaction in the face of brutal injustice leads to for many people of color in our nation.  

How would you feel if George Floyd were your son, your nephew, your father, or your brother? He is a brother to all of us. Racism is wrong. It’s that simple. And for many of you, this question isn’t hypothetical. Because of the color of your skin or your children’s skin, or your parents’ skin, you experience trauma-inducing instances of racism every day. 

We all grieve for the families and friends of those whose lives have been taken—people like Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and countless others. We need to recognize these tragedies for what they are: evidence of systemic racism. We should always uphold the worth and dignity of all people. Now, more than ever, we have a responsibility to advocate for each other and our community.

We must condemn racial and judicial discrimination in all forms. I know that the cumulative effective of continual trauma for non-dominant groups can result in negative physical, mental and psychological outcomes.  That is why, as a community, we should take care of ourselves and for each other.  I know it’s challenging to care for each other when you are studying remotely.  It may take more effort but please, practice self-care and check in with your classmates, WVC staff and faculty for support.

As a reminder, Counseling Services offers resources and information to help maintain your emotional well-being.  If you would like to speak to someone please do not hesitate to reach out to our counseling staff at 509-682-6850. We have counselors available to serve students in Wenatchee and Omak. 

The Diversity and Equity Center is also available to students, staff and faculty. Please call 509-682-6865.