Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
As president of Norwalk Community College (NCC), I am extremely proud of our diversity. We are leaders when it comes to demonstrating how an environment that celebrates an array of traditions enriches all of our lives. In reviewing social scientific research on diversity, Moises Velasquez-Manoff, writing in The New York Times Sunday Review on March 4, 2017, states that “The point is that diversity – of one’s own makeup, one’s experience, of groups of people solving problems, of cities and nations – is linked to economic prosperity, greater scientific process, and a fairer judicial process.” As an educational institution, NCC is proud to put such findings into practice!
Over the past few weeks, I have heard from many members of the NCC community who have expressed concern for our undocumented students or those whose immigration status has changed. While it is difficult to predict what lies ahead, I can assure you that NCC is and remains committed to providing a safe campus, support services and resources to ALL students! Please see our website page https://norwalk.edu/admissions/undocumented-students for further information.
In collaboration with CT Students 4 a Dream, we will be hosting UndocuPeers: Liberating Campus Climate in March and April. Please look for announcements of these workshops. CSCU President Mark Ojakian reminded members of the CSCU system that our campuses should not be the focus of enforcement action. I not only echo this sentiment, but as president, and as an educator, I feel compelled to reconfirm my support to every student.
Through the dissemination of pertinent information, training for faculty and staff, I want to make it clear that all students, regardless of race, religion, immigration status, national origin, or any other trait makes us #NCC PROUD!
David L. Levinson, Ph.D.
President, Norwalk Community College
Vice President, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
188 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854