MCC Daily Tribune

National Conversation on Racism in College Yearbooks

Dear College Community:

Last week, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper was part of a national USA Today investigation into racist photos in college yearbooks.

The report examined yearbooks from 1975 to 1985 at local colleges, including Monroe Community College. Democrat and Chronicle representatives tell us that they did not find anything "noteworthy" in MCC's publications, but did identify such images in other schools' yearbooks. The article has prompted important conversations on college campuses nationwide.

Our college works consistently to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors. However, incidents of racism and incivility, whether within or outside our walls, are constant reminders that maintaining a safe, welcoming and inclusive campus community to the level that we aspire requires a constant and diligent evaluation of how and what we communicate. Achieving our goal of becoming a nationally-recognized leader in championing equity, opportunity, innovation, and excellence requires that we not only examine our past, but also provide ongoing opportunities to craft a future in which diversity, equity and inclusion is championed.

Inspiring every day is not just a motto; it is an aspirational goal that we hope every member of our College live out that goal in a way that embraces the full diversity of our community.

Anne M. Kress, Ph.D., President

Calvin J. Gantt, Ed.D., Chief Diversity Officer

Kress, Anne
Office of the President