A Message of Solidarity & Action

June 2, 2020

Together we stand in solidarity with our Black community, and our students, faculty, staff, and administrators, to fight against systemic inequity, injustice, and racism.

Folsom Lake College shares the grief, outrage, and frustration over the senseless and tragic killing of George Floyd. His death is part of a long historic pattern of institutional racism and injustice across the country, including the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in February with charges filed only when a video surfaced, and the shooting of former Sacramento City College student Stephon Clark in March 2018.

Hearing the stories of resurfaced pain and anguish of our Black classmates, colleagues, family, and friends is difficult and heartbreaking. It is a pain and fear that many of us have trouble even imagining. Every day they fear for the safety of those they love, even while engaging in the routines of life, including jogging, driving, or exercising their constitutional rights, simply because of the color of their skin.

Each one of us has a role to play, not just as a student or employee of an institution of higher learning using the democratizing force of education, not just in our efforts in closing equity gaps, but in reflecting on our roles in society and at the college to better ourselves and our institution to model and put into action our highest aspirations of human dignity and justice.

To that end:

~ We will conduct a series of opportunities for our college community to come together, share, support, and learn from each other. Join us for the following:

  • Safe Space/Healing Circle for Students & Employees of Color - Wednesday, June 3, 2-3pm, via Zoom (password: Falcons). Facilitated by Al Rowlett.
  • Safe Space/Healing Circle for Black/African-American Students & Employees - Thursday, June 4, 10-11am, via Zoom (password: Falcons). Facilitated by Dr. Chase Moore.
  • Campus-Wide Dialogue on Anti-Racism and Allyship - Thursday, June 4, 11:30am-1:00pm, via Zoom (password: Falcons). Facilitated by Dr. Chase Moore.
  • Safe Space/Healing Circle for Black/African-American Students - Thursday, June 11, 12-1:30pm, via Zoom (password: Falcons). Facilitated by Dr. Tameka Jackson.
  • Open Mic: Courageous Healing in Traumatic Times for All Students & Employees - Tuesday, June 16, 11:30am-1:00pm, via Zoom (password: Connect). Facilitated by Dr. V.S. Chochezi.

~ We will create a video message of solidarity (see below). Our Black students, faculty, staff, and administrators must hear our collective voice of support - that we stand with them.

~ We will welcome back Dr. Frank Harris III, who spent time with our faculty and staff focused on advancing equity in a climate of change this past January, to continue his work with us during the fall semester.

~ We will convene a college-wide advisory group on anti-racism and social justice, with a specific focus on addressing injustices and inequities faced by the Black community.

~ We will build a repository of tools and resources on social justice advocacy; how to be an ally and show support to our Black students, staff, faculty, and administrators; and most importantly, identify ways we can take meaningful action to foster change.

Black Lives Matter!

In solidarity,

Whitney Yamamura, Ed.D.
President

Augustine Chavez
Vice President of Administration

Sonia Ortiz-Mercado
Vice President of Student Services

Monica Pactol, Ph.D.
Vice President of Instruction

Resources

Students can access free telehealth medical and mental health services are available to students through TimelyMD (until mid-August). To register and access this service, go to the TimelyMD landing page: campus.health or download the TimelyMD app. When your visit is over, enter code FLC2020 during check out to waive the cost.

Employees can access mental health assistance through the Employee Assistance Program.

Anti-Racism and Allyship Resources

Related Links

Los Rios Statement on George Floyd Tragedy

Equity Center
We are multi-issue, intersectional, and want students to be able to bring their full selves into our space.

Our Values
Learn about Folsom Lake College's vision, mission, and our commitment to equity.

Equity and Diversity
At Folsom Lake College, we value equity and diversity. No person shall be unlawfully discriminated against, harassed, or excluded from any benefits, activities, or programs.