Monday, July 11, 2016

DCCCD Colleges asked to lead learning and civic engagement efforts following July 7 police shooting

Dear Colleagues,

Dallas continues to recover from, and attempt to make sense of, the July 7 police shootings, that still directly affect El Centro College, and all our colleges and our community.

Despite being injured during the earliest moments of the incident, two members of the El Centro College police department stood their posts and were part of the initial efforts to secure the premises.

Media inquiries for information should be directed to the Chancellor’s office. In the meantime, we all should be circumspect about we say, and/or promulgate via email and/or social media. Operational questions, such as when El Centro’s main campus will reopen and/or the status of their IT services, will be answered by District and/or El Centro officials.

Counseling resources will be expanded to provide services to students and staff who need them. DCCCD academic and student services VPs continue to collaborate and share resources as needed among the seven colleges.

Our Board of Trustees is looking for the District and our colleges to be a leader in civic engagement to promote community healing in the aftermath of this tragedy.

The Chancellor said this an opportunity for our response to be an opportunity for community learning. The Chancellor said he knows we have many instructional first responders and content experts who can help teach our students and our communities. He therefore invites and encourages each of us to step forward in context-appropriate ways. Because there is no “one size fits all” approach, and out of respect for our academic freedom, the District will not prescribe the manner in which individual faculty and colleges choose to engage. However, Chief Strategy Officer Mary Brumbach has gathered numerous resources that faculty are welcome to peruse, such as at these links:

This is a traumatic episode nearly unprecedented in American history. Not unlike the response to the JFK assassination, how we respond in the coming days will define us for many years. Please feel free to share this message with your full-time and adjunct faculty colleagues.

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