A year ago, the SFCC President’s Diversity Advisory Committee released a statement decrying the murder of George Floyd and calling for Santa Fe Community College to become an actively anti-racist campus.

We specifically chose Juneteenth, or June 19, which memorializes June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved people in Texas were declared free under the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862. One-hundred-fifty-six years later, we are not free. Racism keeps us all in chains. In the year since Floyd was murdered, our nation has continued to endure violence and bigotry — yet communities across the country have mobilized against hate in ways we could never have imagined. We are beginning our our work to embrace SFCC’s anti-racist identity.

In March, the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee produced our professional development day, the SFCC Anti-Racist Leadership Conference. Staff and faculty received professional development opportunities designed to challenge our assumptions, uncover our biases and enhance our work. Over the next year, we will engage with our college community through events under the theme “Becoming Anti-Racist.” We understand that being anti-racist it is not a goal to achieve but a way of life to embody. We will dismantle the systems of racism in our college to center inclusion, equity and justice in our work and learning for every person at SFCC. Unlike so many instances of Black, Indigenous or other people of color experiencing violence and death under the knee of a white oppressor, Floyd’s murderer was convicted for his crime. It is one step toward acknowledging, understanding and embodying Black Lives Matter.

Becky Rowley, Ph.D.


Santa Fe Community College

Give families pool time

Like many parents, I’m disappointed there isn’t an outdoor pool to take my child to this summer, but, at this point, I think the focus should be on how to increase access for families to the pools that are open. Currently, only the Genoveva Chavez Commuity Center has an area sectioned off for kids, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. There need to be more hours, especially on weekends, for working families, as well better systems for reserving time (including waitlists so cancellations can be filled). Why isn’t the baby pool at the Fort Marcy Recreation Complex open to kids? Or the shallow area of the Salvador Perez pool? Why can’t an adult who has reserved a lane at any of the pools swim with a few children? That would make swim lessons possible. The city could also communicate with the acting secretary of the state Higher Education Department, Stephanie Rodriguez, to encourage her to authorize children to use Santa Fe Community College’s pool. Finally, the city should communicate with the public about its plans!

Lucia Duncan

Santa Fe

(3) comments

Emily Koyama

Ms Rowley, I'm curious what the "systems of racism" that currently exist in your college are, that you intend to "dismantle"? And why are you only getting around to doing it now?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Khal Spencer

Nice distraction while the SFCC Administration slashes programs and cuts faculty lines.

Richard Reinders

Becky is this happening in Santa Fe? "Unlike so many instances of Black, Indigenous or other people of color experiencing violence and death under the knee of a white oppressor" You promote racisms with this nonsense, my daughter adopted a black child at birth 12 years ago and now your going to tell her she is oppressed and her parents and grandparents that love her dearly are white racist, shame on you. There are many mixed marriages in this community where you will confuse children and make racist out of some of them. Good Job, no wonder you have a hard time getting enrollment.

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