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A Statement from the College on Recent Events
June 4, 2020

Our hearts go out to Walters State students, employees and individuals living in our community who are experiencing feelings of despair and pain caused by the death of George Floyd. This senseless and tragic act of violence has once again brought to the forefront the inequalities and injustices that still exist in 2020.

Racial discrimination and economic inequality are terrifying realities for our minority communities. Walters State must take this opportunity to affirm and renew our commitment to remove these social barriers through our mission to transform lives through education. We must remind everyone that ‘every” American has the unalienable constitutional right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  

As a community college, Walters State’s mission is to make education as accessible and affordable to as many individuals as possible, regardless of race, age, religion, sex or national origin.  The college strives to provide a safe environment for our students to learn and express their opinions. As educators, we must renew our commitment to graduate students empowered with the knowledge and skills to impact positive and meaningful change and provide leadership in their communities and throughout the world.  

Walters State embraces the opportunity to encourage civil dialogue regarding the challenging issues we are facing. During the next few weeks, we will announce public forums about social injustice and inequality that will hopefully bring historical context to today’s situation.

Our hope is that through these forums and our reaffirmation of our core values of justice, equity and open-access education, our community will be more equitable for all.

Again, this is a very painful time for many of our students, employees and community members. To our Walters State family, strong social connections and educational support are a necessary part of well-being. If you need additional support, please contact the college’s counseling department at 423-585-6800. The counseling department has an employee who counsels on multicultural issues.  For employees, please remember the college offers counseling services through the EAP program. Contact our Human Resources Office at 423-585-6791.