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Chancellor’s Message Regarding Killings in Buffalo

May 18, 2022

State Center Community College District joins with millions of people across our nation to condemn racially motivated hate, violence, and needless killings in Buffalo. Attorney General Merrick Garland said “The shooting is being investigated as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism.” We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those killed and wounded.

At State Center Community College District, we will continue to provide a safe, inclusive environment for everyone.  As an academic community, we have both the ability and the moral responsibility to combat hate. And to that end, we are resolute in our commitment. We are resolved to fight racism and inequality while providing education that is needed to develop caring human beings.

To our black students, faculty, staff and community members, you are on our minds and in our prayers.  I grieve this tragedy with you. To all our students, faculty and staff, who are feeling the weight of these tragedies, know that your SCCCD family is here to support you.  If you’re a student, we have people you can talk to about these difficult times. You can reach someone on our campuses.  SCCCD employees have access to confidential resources through the Employee Assistance Program, free of charge.

Thank you for all you do to make our colleges a kinder and more inclusive environment.  This is a time that we must pull together, forgive and love each other, and not let fear give rise to the hatred that continues to keep us apart. Together we stand to educate our students and work to support one another.  State Center will stand united against hate, racism, and violence.


Dr. Carole Goldsmith