I hope your semester is off to a great start! Over the last two days, I have spoken to some faculty and staff who have relayed some of the conversations and questions that have arisen on campus recently.
I want to reassure every student that Cumberland County College prides itself on providing a safe and welcoming environment for all learners and members of our community. As an institution of higher learning, we embrace divergent viewpoints. We welcome diversity of thought, religion, political inclinations, race, sexual orientation and other broad categories of difference. We know that difference makes for richer learning environments.
Our country was founded as a safe haven for dissidents fleeing from a range of persecution and harsh socioeconomic conditions and hardships across the globe. As a resident of New England for more than a quarter century, my family has always embraced the Native Americans and the Pilgrims of our region, as well as all others who have helped build our country into the global economic power that it is today. As an immigrant, I am grateful for the opportunities that my chosen homeland, the United States of America, has afforded me. As President, I commit to doing my best to extend these opportunities to all and to welcome all who wish to advance themselves through education.
I encourage you to be kind toward each other, to see the person in each of us before we judge. You are the leaders of today and of tomorrow. Our society is counting on your humanity and leadership to help us realize the human potential in each of us.
Peace. Paz. Paix. Pace.
All the best,
Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez