Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members,
I am writing to address recent developments that have shaken the principles of access to educational opportunities within our nation. As the President of Community College of Denver (CCD), I want to reiterate our unwavering commitment to open access for all individuals seeking a quality education, regardless of their background, status, or circumstances.
At CCD, we firmly believe that education should be accessible to everyone, and we remain dedicated to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment where students can thrive and achieve their educational goals. We have always prided ourselves on being an institution that embraces diversity, promotes social mobility, and nurtures the talent and aspirations of our student body.
The recent decision made by the Supreme Court has been a source of disappointment and concern for many across our great nation. We recognize the gravity of this decision and acknowledge the impact it may have on individuals who dream of pursuing higher education. However, we want to assure you that CCD stands by your side during these challenging times, and we are here to support your continued success even after you graduate from our institution.
One of the cornerstones of our mission is to foster strong partnerships with four-year colleges and universities, such as Metropolitan State University Denver (MSU Denver) and the University of Colorado - Denver (CU), to facilitate seamless transfers for our students. These partnerships ensure that our graduates have continued access to excellent educational opportunities and can pursue their academic and career aspirations.
To our students who have plans to continue their education at MSU Denver and CU, rest assured that our campus partners share our commitment to access and inclusivity. They understand the value and potential you bring to their institutions and are ready to welcome you with open arms. I encourage you to take advantage of the resources and support available at CCD as you prepare to embark on the next chapter of your academic journey.
Let us remember that even in the face of adversity, our dedication to knowledge, growth, and empowerment remains steadfast. CCD will continue to stand as a beacon of opportunity, ensuring that education remains within reach for all who seek it.
Thank you for choosing Community College of Denver as your educational home. Together, we will overcome any challenges that come our way and forge a brighter future for all.
Marielena "Marie" DeSanctis, Ph.D.
President, Community College of Denver