Public and Media Relations Manager
MCC Board of Governors unanimously approves resolution on commitment to equity
and social justice in education
Omaha, Neb. — At its June public meeting, the Board of Governors of Metropolitan Community College unanimously approved a resolution affirming its strong commitment to equity and social justice in education.
The resolution affirms that, “current events require leaders to stand against the brutality and murder of unarmed Black men and women by declaring unequivocally that Black Lives Matter,” and recognizes that the experience of the Black community has been fundamentally different from others for centuries.
Given this reality, the resolution underscores the unique role an open-access community college plays in addressing systemic inequities faced by traditionally underserved students. Board chair Maureen Monahan emphasized the need to demonstrate this commitment with strong and continuing action, adding, “we cannot repair deeply rooted systemic problems alone – but we can do our part.”
The resolution also calls for smooth educational and training pathways that lead to improved employment for students of color; a college-wide equity and inclusion assessment with monthly reporting to the Board; and setting necessary policy to ensure, “the College actively works to fulfill its mission for its diverse community of learners.”
A copy of the full resolution can be found at mccneb.edu/bogresolution.
Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.