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A statement from the Faculty Senate President

Dear Pima Community College Students and Community Members:

Through my role as Faculty Senate President of Pima Community College, I have become acutely aware of the anguish, heartbreak, and outrage felt by the faculty of Pima Community College over the events that have transpired over the last few days and the history of injustice and inequity they represent.  We join with the Governing Board, the Chancellor, and the Provost in grieving the tragic lost lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and so many others, and in condemning racism, discrimination, and other injustices in our nation.

As a faculty body, we have always been committed to:

Facilitating safe, respectful learning environments.

Encouraging the free and open expression of diverse perspectives.

Delivering curriculum and instruction in ways that promote equity and inclusion.

Ensuring our curriculum is tailored to the needs of our students and community.

Participating in the system of shared governance of Pima Community College.

Yet, this is not enough.  

It has not been enough.  We must do more.

As participants in the educational, institutional framework, we must recognize how elements of our systems, curriculum, and practices are outdated and imbued with prejudices and biases that have worked against our main goal of providing quality educational instruction to our students and guiding students to success.  We recognize we need more, and we will work to do more, because we care.  We care deeply about our students.  We care about elevating the landscape of instruction and unbinding the tight knots and tethers that have prevented students from achieving their goals, ambitions, and dreams.

We must ask difficult questions.

We must listen.  

We must act.

And:  We must not stop.  

We cannot and will not view this grave, critical moment in our history as one more passing moment of humility and reflection that ultimately dissolves away into complacency and routine.  

Our commitment, first and foremost, is to contribute to the education and development of our students and community, and part of that commitment means we must do all in our power to provide the highest quality educational opportunities possible to all wishing to pursue their educational ambitions, dreams, and goals at Pima Community College.  

Moving forward, we will not simply reaffirm our convictions but will work to reexamine and change our methods and strategies to ensure our instruction promotes equity and justice. As part of this effort, the Faculty Senate will be convening an action committee focused on systemic justice.  If you have comments, or if you would like to join, please find a submission form link below.

We are here.  We are listening.  We are committed.  We care.  We will work harder for the values, the lives, and the community we cherish and hold most dear.

With deep sincerity, and in solidarity,

Josie Milliken, Ph.D.

Faculty Senate President, Pima Community College

Have ideas, thoughts, or questions you would like to share?  Please get in touch with us.  We would love to hear from you.  Find resources below.

Pima Community College Faculty Senate Systemic Justice Action Committee Form

Pima Community College Faculty Senate Comment Submission Form

Pima Community College Website  

Pima Community College Information Request Page

Pima Community College Directory

Pima Community College Diversity Page

Current Pima Community College General Line:  1-844-502-9912

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