Message from Dr. Belinda S. Miles: Commemorating, Concerned, & Connected – September 11, 2020
September 11, 2020
Today, as we focus our thoughts and prayers on all who have been affected by the tragic events and losses on September 11, 2001, we are mindful of the feelings our students, colleagues, and community may be experiencing. We thank members of our Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Iota Omicron Chapter, for their thoughtful email message encouraging our college community to “never be afraid to lean on your fellow Vikings,” especially during these very challenging times.
Adding to our feelings of concern is the reality that New York State is suffering serious funding shortfalls that could negatively impact our students and our college. This is a situation that will not be easily or quickly resolved. We face the ongoing challenge of stewarding resources to support students and sustain our institution amidst continuing uncertainty. Despite these difficult times, the college is steadfast in its resolve to provide high-quality and accessible academic programs while regarding the health and safety of the community.
Even amidst turmoil, we are a community committed to connecting. Whether through partnerships with our business, educational, and civic community or through the robust programming and opportunities we provide to our students, we build strong connections to and within Westchester Community College. Our work and our outreach are important and they are infused in our mission.
Community colleges are recognized as places that create community for so many. In meetings, through professional development, or via grant-funded innovations and more, our faculty and staff comprise a vibrant community of scholars and practitioners. We join these talents with students in classrooms, supportive services, club activities, student events, and forums to create spaces for learning and engagement. I share this Inside Higher Ed article that describes some of the innovative ways community colleges are maintaining and increasing student engagement. As the article states, “community colleges know that relationships matter…” I’d love for you to reply to this message with a few lines about how you are creating community with students and each other thus far this semester.
Finally, please continue to assist students in enrolling for fall 2020 classes that start on September 22 and October 26 and let them know that registration for spring 2021 will soon begin. Direct them to our website for resources and information.
Thanks – and have a super weekend!
Dr. Belinda S. Miles