Wake Tech’s Commitment to Equity and a Better Future
RALEIGH, N.C. (June 2, 2020) – Wake Tech President Dr. Scott Ralls and Board of Trustees Chair Tom Looney have released the following joint statement regarding recent events:
“We share our nation’s grief in the tragic death of George Floyd while being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. As one of the largest educators of law enforcement officers in North Carolina, we expect much more from the officials in whom we place our trust – and we believe they must be held accountable. Sadly, we all know that this is only the latest in a series of heinous acts of violence against Black Americans. And we know that things must change.
Wake Tech has always been a place that welcomes everyone, that offers opportunity to all, and that celebrates the rich diversity of our community. We believe in the value and dignity of each person, and we are committed to helping everyone meet their potential and realize their dreams.
While equity and equitable access have always been part of Wake Tech’s core values, our Board of Trustees took action last fall to underscore that commitment – to make equitable access, equitable outcomes and economic mobility more than words, and to make these core values a primary focus of our mission and an integral part of our strategic plan going forward.
We know our actions cannot overcome years of injustice, but we believe it is vital for every institution and every individual to try harder, to do more, and to make a difference in whatever way we can. We must all be part of the solution, and Wake Tech is committed to that goal, and to joining hands with everyone in the community who wants to change things for the better.”