Message from the President: Jacksonville Shooting

LaGuardia Community,

Over the weekend, Angela Michelle Carr, 52; Anolt Joseph Laguerre Jr., 19; and Jerrald De’Shaun Gallion, 29, lost their lives in Jacksonville, Fla., after a White male shot them inside a Dollar General store.

Jacksonville police reported the shootings were fueled by racially motivated hate against innocent and upstanding community members of Jacksonville. Law enforcement further reported that the shooter “hated Black people” and left behind evidence that the attack was racially motivated.

LaGuardia Community College has zero tolerance for racial discrimination and hate of any kind. Our college is committed to advancing equity, strengthening a culture of care, and advancing justice through education. Our college values the importance of belonging, ensuring that ALL members of our community feel that they belong and are valued.

The Faculty and Staff of Color Collective (FSOC) will host sessions for students, faculty, and staff of color to safely and bravely discuss how the incident in Jacksonville is impacting them. Details will be shared in a future issue of the “Campus Update” newsletter.

The college’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion office provides our community with the opportunity to seek understanding and to find solutions for addressing race injustice and hate in our world. The college also offers counseling and support for students, faculty and staff who need assistance.

Let’s remember to stand together against hate and racial injustice.

Thank you all for the work you do to make this world a better place.


Kenneth Adams

Wendy Nicholson
Executive Director of DEI