Middlesex reaffirms commitment to unity

Sep 1, 2017 – On August 30, Middlesex Community College held “a moment of CommUNITY” at their Middletown campus. While celebrating the beginning of a new academic year, members of the college community gathered to counter the recent extraordinary events in the country where others seek to create division and promote hate. These actions are the opposite of what Middlesex stands for.

Interim President Steve Minkler began with remarks acknowledging MxCC’s “students first” commitment.

Steve Minkler standing in front of Chapman Hall speaking in microphone“We are a college that has a shared responsibility to cultivate the common good—sustainability, global awareness, citizenship, and the equity and inclusion of all. We are a place that has courageous conversations, and open, honest, peaceful dialogue,” he said. “We are a college that strives to meet and sustain the highest standards of excellence in all that we do.”

Dean of Students Adrienne Maslin followed with a reading of Dr. Kent M. Keith’s poem, “The Paradoxical Commandments,” and students Gilianne Oyolo, Marina Capezzone, and Daniel Ortiz performed “This Land is Your Land.”

The MxCC community reaffirms its commitment to nondiscrimination and to making Middlesex Community College a safe place where all students, staff and faculty can learn, work, create and grow. MxCC is a place where the rich diversity of the community is celebrated, and where acts of discrimination and hate are not accepted. The MxCC administration stands firm in supporting the college’s mission to put students at the center of all they do and to help students achieve their individual goals.

For more information about MxCC, please visit mxcc.edu.

Since 1966, Middlesex Community College has provided high-quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, enhancing the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. A part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, MxCC offers more than 60 degree or certificate programs at the main 35-acre campus in Middletown, MxCC@Platt in Meriden and online.

August 30, 2017