Equity Through Action is an intentional approach to work harder because we must. At Reynolds, equity means understanding our students and what they need from us on day one.
Equity requires organizing ourselves to be better educators. Equity is ensuring that our students feel that they belong, feel that they are seen, and feel that they are valued. And we must comprehend what it takes to be better colleagues to one another and better members of the community we serve. In these and other ways, Reynolds commits to creating a more inclusive and equitable institution for our faculty, staff, and students.
Professor of Geology Dr. Karen Layou was busy this spring. She taught her classes. Coordinated the Honors Program. And, she participated in URGE, Unlearning Racism in Geoscience, a national geoscience initiative. 276 groups or "pods" of geoscience faculty across the country met on Zoom over 16 weeks to discuss research and listen to interviews relating to systemic racism in geoscience. In this video Karen and pod leader Laura Guertin talk about their experiences.
"Razing our Monuments: Race to Equity" is a three-part series presented by the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System that is intended to educate and inspire conversation and action on issues pertaining to race, gender and ethnic equity.
Part One Reynolds President Dr. Paula Pando served as a panelist during Part 1.
"It was the day when the idea and legal action of freedom and equality officially began. It was proclaimed that the day would be a national celebration of culture, music, achievements and the many contributions of newly freed Americans. Except it wasn't..."
Read or listen to this personal essay by Dr. Terricita Sass, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success.