The protests taking place across the country are on all of our minds right now. The core of NCAN’s mission, and those of our members, is equity. We believe, unequivocally, that Black lives matter.
While we come at equity from the education angle, we know there are many other crucial fronts where we must demand change.
The college access and success field exists because of systemic racism that is baked into our society and its institutions. We all do what we do every day to push back against these systems that deprive so many students of color equity of educational opportunity.
This is an emotionally exhausting time for many NCAN members and students of color. If there’s anything we can do to support you, please let us know. We stand with you as we all trudge the road to racial justice.
We've collected a small sampling of responses and words of solidarity from NCAN member organizations. To hear what more members have to say, follow this Twitter list.
A message from our President
As an organization founded and rooted in the Twin Cities, we grieve the loss of George Floyd. We hear the cries of our community and share in its pain. pic.twitter.com/q5CJSlxO5Y
Our country is facing a defining moment. As Nelson Mandela once said, "Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom." A message from the President and CEO, Mona Lovett.https://t.co/gNc15cU9HB
Our mission is rooted in a collective call for equity and justice in our communities, city, and country. We will work with our school communities to find a path that will amplify our collective ability to dismantle the underlying systems of oppression... > https://t.co/20qKxGAbip
We stand in solidarity with the black community to defeat racism. Change happens when we unite around a purpose and push forward relentlessly. Let’s join together to create a more inclusive, safe, and just nation. #BlackLivesMatterpic.twitter.com/wPWdcEXRwX
George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others: we at #iMentor stand against the violence expressed towards the Black community. We stand in solidarity with the organizations and people working to dismantle systemic racism and ensure racial justice. pic.twitter.com/POJLG586sF
The events of this last week and weekend weigh heavy on me. In addition to being an advocate for social justice and the CEO of Chicago Scholars, I am processing these events as a mom. My daughter is an artist, and last week she sha…https://t.co/oW8ifBpS1Khttps://t.co/IPwix0D71D
A message from our CEO: I'm reaching out today to acknowledge the heaviness in all our hearts. What happened to George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Christian Cooper, Breonna Taylor and the many Black people, men, women and children before them, is WRONG. More: https://t.co/6HzGyHFws9pic.twitter.com/BJZtlBKwUa