Dear Campus Community:
As recent events unfolded this past week in Charlottesville, Virginia we were sadly reminded that hatred and violence still exist in our country.
Entering into the fall semester, I am reminded of the values that make Community College of Denver’s campus one of diversity and inclusivity; we are a student-focused community committed to integrity, engagement and mutual respect.
CCD strives to foster a safe learning environment where all students are free to engage in respectful discussions around world events, and share divergent viewpoints, ideas and opinions. With that, there is no place for hate, racism or bigotry on our campus. We pride ourselves on being a place where all students, faculty, instructors, and staff feel safe, valued, heard and supported.
I want to reiterate what former President Barack Obama tweeted earlier this week:
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela
We stand in solidarity with the Charlottesville community during this difficult time.
Everette J. Freeman