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LaGuardia Community College stands firmly against racism
April 21, 2021
Yesterday’s conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd represents a first step toward redressing years of disparate treatment that has disproportionately affected African descended people. This step encourages us to reaffirm our commitment to racial and social justice and should fortify our opposition to any practice that discriminates against, divides, and marginalizes historically oppressed people and other marginalized groups.
LaGuardia Community College stands firmly against racism, hatred, bigotry and violence against BIPOC individuals. We must continue to fulfill our mission to prepare an educated, mindful, engaged citizenry that will protect and enhance the values we cherish, and lead us toward the just society we seek. While there is work for each of us to do, I am encouraged that we, as a community, can achieve the promise of our mission as we continue to strive toward creating a truly inclusive community.
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LaGuardia Community College , located in Long Island City, Queens, educates thousands of New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle Dare To Do More reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all U.S. college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the undeserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community, and our country can become.