in Celebrations, Community, Community college, Diversity

Pride Month 2024: Cultivating Safe Spaces

Emerging from the pivotal events of the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, Pride Month stands as a powerful testament to unity. It has evolved into various expressions from vibrant displays to poignant rallies that honor the resilience and advocacy of figures like James Baldwin who once said, “Everybody’s journey is individual.” At CCBC, we join our community college colleagues in…

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in Commencement, Community college, higher education, Leadership, Students

The 2024 Commencement: A Slightly Different World View

For those of us who are academics, Commencement is the high point of the academic year. We pay tribute to the talent, hard work and resourcefulness of both our students and ourselves. This year, on a beautiful sunny Saturday, CCBC celebrated 2,700 graduates. Although not all 2,700 attended the event, an impressive sea of 800 caps and gowns filled the…

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in Commemoration, Community, Community college, Equity, higher education

Commemorating Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Although President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the news took two years to travel to the last enclave of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. While Juneteenth has been recognized for decades by black communities across the nation, it has gained…

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in Community, Community college, Faculty, Inspiration, Jobs

Emeritus Professionals: A Legacy of Wisdom

May is a busy month in the community college world, marking the end of the academic year. It is a time devoted to celebrating not only our students as scholars, athletes and leaders, but also our faculty and staff. To that end, CCBC recently recognized eight retiring colleagues at an annual Emeritus Induction Ceremony where we honored the community college tradition…

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in Celebrations, Community, Community college, Faculty, Inspiration, Jobs, Programs, Students, Workforce Development

National Nurses Week: Honoring Our Heroes of the Heart

Community colleges across the country have joined the American Nurses Association in honoring America’s 5 million registered nurses during National Nurses Week. Given the nature of the community college, I have a favorite phrase that I like to use for moments like these: “Everything we do is workforce development.” I think this is true whether we are educating accountants, cyber…

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in Celebrations, Community, Community college, Inspiration, Sustainability

Earth Week: Pathways to a greener tomorrow

“Sustainability,” as a movement and as a practical application, fits right into the sweet spot of the community college mission. We, who rarely have enough money to do all that needs to be done, find it easy to “save” things to reuse or to recycle. Signs of sustainability can be found all over community college campuses: recycling cans, composting bins,…

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