President's address to campus regarding the 2020 election
Next week marks a historic election. With a record-breaking number of Americans already voting and more expected to vote at the polls on Nov. 3, many are feeling on-edge about the possible outcomes.
Despite all the uncertainty, I want to assure you of one thing: WVC welcomes and values people of all walks of life. Politics will not divide us, and our shared commitment to providing quality education to all of our students will never waiver.
I have always said that the safety and wellbeing of our employees and students comes first. With the pandemic still spreading through our region and the heightened emotions regarding local and national elections, it’s normal to feel anxious, upset or conflicted. It’s also normal and healthy to want to talk to someone about what you’re experiencing. WVC is providing listening sessions for students and staff Nov. 2-6.
I encourage our employees and students to take advantage of these sessions. The most powerful thing we can do, next to voting, is to take care of ourselves and be kind to one and other.
Already, this has proven to be a historic year for young voters, who are turning out en masse to vote and be heard. I hope you too will make your voice heard. Everything you need to know about voting in Washington is at www.sos.wa.gov/elections.
No matter what happens with the election, the pandemic or anything else, the only way to move forward is to move forward together.
Dr. Jim Richardson
Wenatchee Valley College President