June 7, 2020 The WTMC Staff, Faculty, and Equity Committee
Dear WTMC Families,
Currently we are experiencing anger, grief, and heartache at the brutal killings of Black Americans. At some point, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black people were students in somebody’s classroom, with dreams and goals that they should have been able to pursue. We acknowledge that our words are not enough to make this pain and suffering end. To our students and families who are scared, outraged, and grieving—we are deeply sorry. We see you and stand with you.
The mission of Washtenaw Technical Middle College has always been to prepare our students to participate fully in a diverse American society. We expect our graduates to stand against racism and bigotry in any form.
At WTMC, we do our best learning—and teaching!—when everyone’s voices are heard and valued. Yet we know that we can do better. We want every single student to know that we will continue to work hard to provide a learning space that is safe and makes you feel valued. You matter inside and outside of the classroom. We want every member of our school community to grow in their understanding of systemic racism and how to provide support and stand against injustice. For the adults in the school, this also means taking the time to reflect on and address our own biases and assumptions about race.
We are proud of you, WTMC students, and the transformations we have witnessed in you. You deserve our best, so as educators committed to our craft, we readily acknowledge that our own learning is never done. The work of addressing our understanding, biases, and beliefs is essential and must be ongoing. During the 2019-2020 school year, five WTMC teachers formed an Equity Team after completing social justice training. Additionally, WTMC teachers continue to seek out reflective, rigorous learning opportunities to make their practice more just.
Students, we affirm our commitment to support you through BASE advising and in academic classes. Our counselors and social worker are here if your family needs resources or additional support. We also know that you may be best supported by other members of our school community, including other students and their families.
If you would like to offer yourself as a resource and/or thought partner for students, faculty, or our entire WTMC community, we welcome your support. Please reach out to Christine Williams at [email protected].
We care about you and our fervent hope is for you to be safe and healthy during this difficult time. The fabric of our school community is built on kindness, acceptance, and empathy; we need to create a meaningful path forward and support one another now more than ever.
The WTMC Staff, Faculty, and Equity Committee