BMCC is committed to advancing equity, strengthening our culture of care, and advancing socioeconomic mobility and justice through education. The college offers resources and activities to engage the college community in thoughtful discussions to find solutions as we follow our mission to offer quality education to all students and provide a welcoming place to work for all faculty and staff.
Racial trauma is the term used to describe the emotional and physical reaction People of Color often have to acts of racism. People of Color may react to acts of racism with fear and hypervigilance, headaches, insomnia, body aches, memory difficulty, self-blame, confusion, shame, and guilt after experiencing racism. The more often you experience acts of racism, the more profound these symptoms can be.
Knowledge is power. It is not enough to be an ally and fight alongside your peers of color. Acknowledging that countering racism cannot be a neutral stance but has to rather be an active process of anti-racism, will help you be part of effective change.
Message from the Interim President
Dear BMCC Community,
As always, I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and strong as we hope for some safe opening of New York City. We continue to mourn those lost to the virus. Amidst all this pain, we are made to endure another agony, the ongoing racial injustice in this country. From false charges in Central Park to a police officer charged with murder in Minneapolis to neighbors shooting a jogger in Georgia to an EMT killed by police in her own home, we are reminded that we must do everything we can to peacefully eliminate the horrific and unrelenting structural racism that surrounds us.
On behalf of the BMCC community, I convey our deepest condolences and solidarity with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and all victims of injustice everywhere.
BMCC is committed to advancing equity, strengthening a culture of care, and advancing justice through education. A core BMCC value is belonging, ensuring that all members of a community feel that they belong and are valued. We all play a critical role in condemning racial injustice and hate. We all play a critical role in rising up toward greater understanding and compassion. Kindness and justice must prevail. Thank you all for the work you do to make this world a better place.
Please continue to take good care of yourselves, your families, and all of those around you.
Karrin E. Wilks
Borough of Manhattan Community College