The events of the past year have reminded us of what African Americans know too well; that too often black lives are not treated with the dignity and respect accorded to white lives. Systemic racism is the root cause of much of the problems we face, and we are saddened and angered at events in our community and across our country that reveal how much more is needed to create a just and peaceful society. We must, however, do more that express our feelings of sadness and anger.
We must work with purpose to identify and root out conscious and unconscious bias and to create a system of higher education where all are truly equal. Where the cost of college no longer prohibits many from earning a college degree. Where comprehensive support for college students is widely and evenly available and responsive to their needs. We must recommit to the systemic change needed to make higher education accessible and equitable.
There is nothing easy about any of this. It will be challenging, uncomfortable and demand difficult conversations and decisions. We must recognize and condemn racism when we see it in our daily lives. At Wallin Education Partners it is a time for solidarity and fellowship with all communities of color, particularly with African Americans. In this challenging time, I believe that our commitment to equity in education, to our community partners, to each other and most important to our scholars can serve as a compass to guide our way.
Susan Basil King
President and CEO
Posted on April 19, 2021