A Special Message About Racial Justice and Equity from the PCC Foundation

To Members of the Pasadena City College Community:

The death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement has emphasized the lack of equity in our minority communities, particularly the nation’s African American citizens, in the areas of education, health care, employment, housing and justice.

The mission of the Pasadena City College Foundation is to develop funding and community support for the enhancement of teaching and learning at Pasadena City College. The Foundation has a strong commitment to our college, our students and to the values of equity and racial justice that underlie our

Our students, and especially our students of color, have challenges beyond the classroom that affect their academic success including: food and housing insecurities and access to technology. In response, the PCC Foundation has restructured our financial support for students to include these areas of need on an ongoing basis, in addition to our continuing support for scholarships. Because the funding for these needs is endowed, this support will
remain in perpetuity.

Financial support without supporting dialogue is insuffcient. We believe that important issues such as equity and racial justice can only be adequately addressed by social engagement and a thoughtful exchange of ideas that lead to real, permanent solutions. Therefore, we have made a commitment to focus on how the issues of racial justice and equity have impacted our community, and how we create equitable life experiences for the whole of our community that makes it a better place to learn and live.

As we live through one of the most unprecedented times in history, the Pasadena City College Foundation will seize this moment to ensure we are a Foundation that works for equity for our
students and our community. We will do so with urgent commitment.
Thank you for your continuing support.

The Pasadena City College Foundation