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Dr. Melik Peter KhouryFebruary 6, 2020

Dear Unity College Faculty and Staff,

As we continue to experience a wonderful Maine winter, it is important to remember that there is more to February than just winter, it is also Black History Month.  This is a time to remember, reflect, celebrate and teach our students about the impact people of color have had and continue to have on science, the arts and our society as a whole.  A time to use lessons of history as a guide for the present and future, and a time to remind ourselves and our students about why diversity matters and to take the time to help teach the dangers of unintended implicit biases that create an unnecessary sense of other and fosters a sense of privilege.

I encourage you to refamiliarize yourselves with the lessons of people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington Carver, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Fredrick Douglass, Nelson Mandela and Jackie Robinson.  But also with less familiar figures like Thurgood Marshall, Katherine Johnson, Jesse Owens, Desmond Tutu, and Sidney Poitier.  These women and men have taught and continue to teach us valuable lessons in kindness, compassion, empathy, professionalism, work ethic and strength in overcoming challenges.

Black History Month was created as a way to remind us and our society about the contributions people of color have made, as they are sometimes overshadowed in our traditional historical narrative.  It is easy to get complacent in our daily lives and not put too much thought into diversity and inclusion.  After all, rural mid-Maine isn’t an obvious magnet for people of different ethnic backgrounds, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t here.  With each day, month and year our campus becomes more diverse from our faculty to our staff to our students.

The history lessons brought into focus this cold month of February can only serve to make us a more welcoming and inclusive college.  I encourage you to take these lessons and continue to incorporate them into your daily lives, then they will begin to carry beyond just this one month.  It is one small step that will help all of us here at Unity make lasting and positive impact on the future.

I want to leave everyone with one of my favorite quotes, “It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts” – Ella Fitzgerald

In Unity,

MPK
Dr. Melik Peter Khoury
President
Unity College

 

Our Mission Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards, and visionary leaders.