Social Justice Week

Dear BMCC Community,

I hope that you had the opportunity to experience Social Justice Week at Borough of Manhattan Community College. I wish to acknowledge the efforts of the Race Equity and Inclusion (REI) Steering Committee and thank them for coordinating a phenomenal three-day event.

During this important week dedicated to raising awareness about racial equity and inclusion, it is imperative that we pause to reflect on our actions and what we can do to create a more just and equitable society, that is free of hate.

Sadly, at BMCC and many other colleges and universities across the nation, acts of hate and bigotry have occurred on campus. But it is in these moments that our actions matter most. What we do, individually and collectively, is important because they have power. Whether it is through our words, our actions, or our decisions, we all can make a positive difference.

It is our responsibility, as an institution of higher learning, to actively work towards eradicating systems that perpetuate inequality and marginalize individuals based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and ability.

At BMCC, we remain steadfast in our unwavering commitment to creating a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment that fosters respect and belonging for everyone. That is why the work of the Race, Equity, and Inclusion (REI) Steering Committee is so important.

The REI Steering Committee actively works to dismantle systemic racism and structural inequality across the BMCC community. The primary role of REI is to serve in an advisory capacity to me and the leadership of the College. They have been very instrumental in this respect. For example, after a recent incident at the College, I reached out to the REI Steering Committee and they provided insightful and comprehensive recommendations regarding important next steps (that will all be implemented here at the College) which focused on the importance of clarity and context in building trust during tough times, developing formidable relationships, collaborative processes, and utilizing external facilitators who can offer unbiased guidance.

Social Justice Week and events like these are an important first step, however the work does not end here. It is a collaborative effort. We must all invest in racial equity and inclusion practices that serve to educate our community on the importance of standing together against injustice. We must not shy away from difficult conversations that challenge preconceived notions and open our minds to new perspectives. Only then can we move forward as a united, inclusive community that respects and values the richness of our diversity.

The journey towards true racial equity and inclusion is not an easy one. It requires being intentional, brave, and committed to challenging systems and structures that have long perpetuated inequality and discrimination. The REI Steering Committee understands the importance of addressing these issues head-on and is actively working towards implementing tangible solutions.

I urge each and every one of you to take part in this important work. Your voice matters, your actions matter. Let us stand together as catalysts of change so that everyone is treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their background.

Together, we can create a campus community that celebrates the uniqueness and strengths of each individual, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

Thank you and let us continue to work towards a better tomorrow, for ourselves and for future generations to come.


Anthony E. Munroe
President, Borough of Manhattan Community College