I stand with Strayer students, alumni, faculty, staff and all
Americans nationwide in outrage, sadness and disgust surrounding the
tragic death of George Floyd and the many other members of the Black
community who have been targeted by racism and bigotry.
My heart and thoughts are also with the Black and Brown Strayer students, alumni, faculty and staff who continue to be victims of systemic racism every day.
While I feel compelled to speak out, I also know that our actions are what matter most right now. As an educational institution, we have a unique and powerful responsibility to help create a more compassionate, just and informed world where everyone has an opportunity to succeed.
For us, this means we will stay focused on our mission to empower communities through education while doing our part to foster social justice by providing our students and staff with the support they need during this difficult time. This also includes doing more in the communities where we all live and work. While we know this is just the beginning of a continued commitment, I want to share with you some of the steps we’ve already taken in partnership with our parent company Strategic Education, Inc. (SEI):
We’ve provided financial support to two organizations that are helping Minneapolis heal: the Minneapolis YWCA and Lake Street Council. These two organizations are facilitating community conversations on race and supporting the recovery of small and minority-owned businesses to assist in rebuilding the city.
Because our faculty and employees live throughout the United States, we are increasing volunteer time off for every employee so they may use up to 24 hours of paid time to support their home communities across the nation during this time of need.
Supporting Strayer University Students, Faculty and Staff
For our Strayer University students around the nation who need support during this difficult time, as always, we encourage you to utilize the free SOAR resources. Through SOAR, our students and their family have access to wellness, life, legal and financial experts 24/7. To learn how to access these resources immediately, visit here.
We have also created support circles for employees across our organization to come together for support, healing, and an opportunity to learn and listen so we can all do better moving forward with greater understanding and commitment to each other.
Our mission to create educational opportunities that are relevant, meaningful and accessible for all has never felt more important. We at Strayer University have recommitted ourselves to this mission, and we ask you join us in that and hold us accountable as we seek to do more and better in the days to come.