Racial justice, healing, and inclusion

Wallace State Alumnus

 

Brooklyn Park, June 15, 2020 – In the aftermath of the horrific death of George Floyd, Hennepin Technical College (HTC) is inviting campus community members to come together to share their grief and discuss inclusion and racial justice.

Partnership with a community college in Alabama

As George Floyd’s death has deeply impacted all regions of our country, a community college in Alabama, Wallace State Community College (WSCC), has chosen to partner with HTC to promote dialogue and reflection.

On behalf of her college community, Dr. Vicki P. Karolewics, president, WSCC, sent a message of healing to HTC. In addition, a WSCC alumnus wrote and performed a song in honor of Mr. Floyd.

“I am reaffirmed with hope when I engage with caring people united in the belief that when we work together, we can help our country to move forward and continue a transformation for equitable outcomes,” said Dr. Merrill Irving Jr., president, HTC. “I look forward to the collaboration with WSCC to provide opportunities for our students to express their views about diversity, equity and inclusion.”

In the coming weeks, both colleges will work on additional projects. The first joint effort will be an online art exhibit featuring work from WSCC art students and HTC graphic design students to share views on racial justice creatively.

Listening Sessions at HTC

HTC is inviting students, faculty, and staff to participate in listening sessions. These Zoom events provide a supportive environment to discuss and reflect on racial justice and inclusion. A Minnesota State StarID is required to participate.

Listening Sessions for Students

  • Thursday, June 18 at noon
  • Thursday, June 18 at 3pm
  • Tuesday, June 30 at 10am
  • Tuesday, June 30 at 1:30pm

HTC Employee Listening Sessions

  • Wednesday, June 17 at 11:00am
  • Friday, June 19 at 11:00am
  • Monday, June 22 at 11:00am

About Hennepin Technical College

Founded in 1972, Hennepin Technical College (HTC) is the largest stand-alone technical college in Minnesota. With campuses in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie, the college has a diverse student population and offers degree and non-degree courses in over 45 programs. Achieving a 99% job placement rate, HTC prepares students for in-demand and high-paying employment opportunities. HTC is a member of Minnesota State, which includes 30 colleges and seven state universities.