College Board of Trustees Issues Statement Affirming Commitment to Provide Students an Education Free of Fear and Intimidation
The Montgomery College Board of Trustees met Monday, February 22. In a statement, they confirmed the College’s commitment to radical inclusivity.
Students at Montgomery College come from approximately 160 different countries. Developments on the national stage—from the vitriolic presidential campaign period to recent policy actions—have provoked concern and confusion on the College’s campuses.
“This affirmation of the College’s core values by the Board of Trustees reiterates our commitment to success and inclusion for all students,” said DeRionne P. Pollard, Montgomery College president. “Montgomery College will always be a safe and open institution.”
In reinforcing the College’s mission of inclusion and opportunity for all, the Board of Trustees expressed its intention to craft policies and practices that combat intimidation, harassment, and hate crimes as well as to nurture a culture that condemns such affronts and maintain welcoming spaces for learning.
You can read the Board’s full statement here:
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
AFFIRMATION OF MONTGOMERY COLLEGE VALUES
Affirming Montgomery College’s Commitment to Radical Inclusion
February 20, 2017
Over the course of seven decades, Montgomery College has grown into an institution where radical inclusion—that is, deeply rooted values of welcoming all individuals who seek higher education or continuing education—is an essential element of our identity. By intentionally cultivating our campuses as places where equal opportunity flourishes, we have advanced our own educational mission, contributed to the aspirations of Montgomery County, and added to the vision of our nation.
Despite the incivility of the recent presidential election, several events on our campuses have created engaging, civil discussions of controversial topics. Montgomery College faculty and staff have gone to great lengths to create robust learning environments where all persons feel safe voicing their perspectives and where intellectual rigor is the basis for engaging across difference.
The Board takes pride in our institution’s commitment to the dignity of all peoples. We believe that the rich diversity of our student body, faculty, and staff is one of our unique strengths. At the same time, we acknowledge that many in our community have experienced insecurity rooted in the incivility of the election’s rhetoric and several recent debates and actions at the national level. Discrimination against people of color, international or undocumented students, and students of any specific religious tradition have no place in a civil society or in our learning environments. We will continue to craft policies and practices that combat intimidation, harassment, and hate crimes, and to nurture a culture that condemns such affronts.
The College will continue to affirm the rights of all persons to study and pursue opportunity through education, free from fear and distraction. Our institution will continue to be a place where diversity thrives and where difference is celebrated.
As the College celebrates its 70th anniversary, we will continue to reflect upon the history of our institution and the progress we have made in expanding our notions of inclusivity. Our commitment to advancing education in ways that best empower our students has deepened. So has our promise to infuse 21st century education with the timeless tools of tolerance, civility, and respect.
Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.