A Message from LSSC President Sidor on Conversations in Inclusiveness

To the Lakehawk Community,

In June, I wrote to you about LSSC’s commitment to be an inclusive community. A community where everyone feels welcomed and valued.

I think our republic’s design, this very young country, has helped us grow in leaps and bounds, making a positive step forward and stopping at that plateau until the culmination of forces moves us up the stairs to that next step or plateau. Today’s strife and conversations are reminiscent of what I experienced growing up in the late ’60s and 1970s. That strife and those honest conversations moved the country forward through numerous positive legislative actions. One of those actions was the dramatic expansion of community colleges to provide social mobility and opportunity.

Society has changed dramatically since those times, and we are still struggling as a nation to embrace equity and inclusion honestly. We are standing in front of the stairs with another opportunity to step up, take a step forward in taking meaningful and measurable steps to promote equity and inclusion at our college and make a positive influence on our small corner of the world. The way forward is to have serious and challenging conversations about equity and inclusion to foster positive action.

I know from conversations and working with you that equity, inclusion, and fairness are in your hearts, we are all here for the greater purpose of improving our communities through our students.

Lake-Sumter State College students, faculty, and staff have invested in events, actions, and discussions around equity and inclusion. I am proud to see our college community is willing to engage in these sometimes-difficult conversations as we work together to become an inclusive community.

Meaningful change requires open and honest discussions. Meaningful change requires all of us.

Today, I am proud to announce a new partnership with the Peace and Justice Institute (PJI) of Valencia College to present Conversations in Inclusiveness to the Lakehawk community.

Conversations in Inclusiveness is a highly interactive workshop focused around the PJI’s Principles for How We Treat Each Other. I encourage each of you to attend and participate in this event for the opportunity to have an open dialogue to build respect for others’ perspectives.

Students:  Thursday, Oct. 1 from 3 pm – 5 pm (register)

Employees:  Friday, Oct. 9 from 9 am – 12 pm (register), Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 2 pm – 5 pm (register), or Thursday, Nov. 12 from 9 am – 12 pm (register)

For employees, this program is the first to be offered through our new Lakehawk Leadership Academy (LLA), a professional development program designed to meet the needs of all employees. You will hear more about the LLA soon.

Sudar Pichai, the CEO of Google, once said, “A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.”

Let us take those steps to bring everyone’s voice to the table as we influence the world through our actions and students.

Thank you,

Stan Sidor, Ed.D.
President, Lake-Sumter State College