Office of the President

Dr. Carol SpaldingI write to you with a heavy heart in the aftermath of the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The unsettling events of the past week have left our nation and our local community reeling with frustration, anger and sadness.

It is deeply troubling that so many people in the United States live in fear that they may become targets of violence and hatred simply because of the color of their skin, their religion, or their gender identity. As a College that is very much woven into the fabric of this community, we are committed to providing an environment that is welcoming and safe for all.

We know that you are determined and resilient, but after a challenging few months of coping with the effects of COVID-19, you are now faced with widespread emotions that may include anger and sadness stemming from this and other acts of injustice. We know that these traumatic events can impact the ability to focus on your education.

As these events cause widespread national outrage and have affected our local communities, I want to assure you that the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College administration, faculty and staff grieve with you and are here to support you.

While we can’t be in person right now, please know that we encourage you to reach out to us as a resource. If you need assistance, please use the tools available to you as part of the Student Assistance Plan (SAP) or the Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), which offer free services to enrolled students and current employees and immediate family members 24/7/365.

We know economic downturns hurt the most vulnerable and we are learning about how inequitable the COVID-19 virus is, as well. As I think about my own personal mission and the mission of the College, I am more committed than ever to giving opportunity for all our community members.

This community is resilient and we will do our best to help students prepare for an uncertain and uncharted future. We will meet the challenges ahead as we navigate forward.

Together, we can move ahead with compassion, understanding and a renewed commitment to justice and equality. I wish you all the best in the days and weeks ahead.

Dr. Carol S. Spalding, President