Dear TACRAO members,
It has become painfully clear that our country continues to wrestle with racial divides. While we have made some progress in this country in many areas, other areas have been woefully neglected. Many of us are trying to process the murder of Mr. George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis Police Department and are dealing with emotions such as frustration, anger, dismay, and hopelessness.
In Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s1963“I have a Dream” speech, he said “all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Sadly, after the many years since that speech, the dream has not yet been fully realized.
Moving forward, the Tennessee Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers will continue to affirm our commitment to equity and inclusion. As an organization, we can effect change and work together through our member institutions to educate and provide leadership in modeling supportive, inclusive, and welcoming environments for all people.
We are so grateful for the contributions of our members and colleagues of color; truly, TACRAO would not be a successful, impactful organization without your valuable insight, your professional talents, and your collegiality and friendship. We, as an organization, pledge to continue to support diversity on our board and in our committees. We want to support the efforts you make in your offices and on your campuses to be inclusive and supportive of students and staff of color. The TACRAO Board plans to continue encouraging our colleagues of color to gain professional development through opportunities within our state, regional, and national organizations.
Education has proven to be a changing force throughout history. We have a unique opportunity, as higher education professionals, to educate ourselves as we lead students to and in their collegiate experiences. We are confident that our association can come together to learn how to serve students of various backgrounds in the most effective and inclusive ways.
TACRAO Board of Directors