In Student Services, we acknowledge our role in not serving our Black students adequately. We have contributed towards the systemic oppression that has disproportionately affected their success. However, our acknowledgement must go beyond words.
Over the next few months, we plan to look deeply within our student service departments to actively deconstruct and dismantle the barriers, practices, and policies that restrict our Black students from adequately accessing our services.
We also understand that we have lots of work to do among our employees to unpack our implicit biases and educate ourselves on the lived experiences of our Black students and colleagues.
One of our values is accountability, where we aim to be “transparent with our data, hold ourselves accountable, and alter our course of action.” We plan to exemplify that value for our Black students.
Historically, false promises have been made at the expense of our communities of color and for that reason, we plan to publicly post an action plan on August 1, 2020.
We know that we will make mistakes and when that happens, the first thing we will do is listen. We plan to acknowledge our mistakes, focus on the impact of our actions, regardless of the intention, so that we may repair the pain that we’ve caused. In Student Services at Foothill College, we are committed towards racial justice for years to come.
April Henderson, Director of EOPS/CARE
Alexis Donato, Dept Chair, Psychological Services & Personal Counseling
Anthony Cervantes, Dean of Admissions and Records
Fatima Jinnah, Lead Counselor, Counseling Division
Jackie Lauese, Program Coordinator, DRC and VRC
Kevin Harral, Director of Financial Aid
Leticia Maldonado, Dean of Students
Dr. Laurie Scolari, Associate Vice President Student Services
We welcome questions or comments about our BLM statement or action plan. Please contact Dr. Laurie Scolari at email@example.com.
Also see our Student Services vision, mission and values statement.