Massachusetts higher education system receives $1.2 million in grant funding to make transformation toward racial justice and equity

Yves Salomon-Fernández and Christina Royal, the presidents of Greenfield and Holyoke community colleges, respectively, both said Thursday that the colleges have been asking Black students to share stories about their experiences and backgrounds as equity efforts continue.

“Our perception is that we need to bring everyone together. We need to acknowledge everyone’s experiences, approach this work with humility, and understand that we are all striving toward the same goal,” Salomon-Fernández said. “We will make mistakes but we will learn from those mistakes and support one another.”

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CARES Act Funding Rule Enjoined in Massachusetts

A federal judge for the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts has enjoined a Department of Education rule that bars undocumented immigrant students and other noncitizen students not eligible for the federal Title IV financial aid program from accessing emergency grants authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Community Colleges See Opening In Changed Higher Ed World

Leaders at the 15 community colleges across Massachusetts made decisions months ago to move the vast majority of classes online this fall, a step that they said gave them ample time to prepare for the unusual academic year that’s about to unfold. Now, as many bachelor’s degree programs announce similar shifts, community colleges find themselves in a new position as the calculus behind where to attend higher education shifts.

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Commentary: In dire times like what we have now, community colleges can strut their stuff

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our community, and our city and state will be rebuilding for years to come. Yet, the pandemic has allowed RCC and all community colleges to remain firm in their open-access missions and better positioned to serve a larger, more diverse population of students. Regardless of circumstance, community colleges will always offer a quality, affordable education to anyone who wants one.

As I See It: Taking a hard look at systemic racism in higher education

Today, historic racial discrimination still has lasting consequences, and its effect continues to impede some students from continuing to higher education. While community colleges work to combat this, they are not immune to the systemic structures of oppression and racism that plague our country. Yet, they have democratized education by making it more accessible to people barred from education, the poor, the underserved, immigrants, racial and ethnic minorities.