Thank You! A Conversation with President Christine Mangino
August 26, 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed my webcast conversation today with Dr. Steven Dahlke. Thank you for joining us.
Steven and I began our conversation with a moment of silence for those who have suffered and died because of racial injustice, as well as for those members of our University community who lost their lives because of COVID-19. We are indeed living through challenging times.
The conversation was a wonderful opportunity to share some of my thoughts and ideas on education and some of my own experiences, many of which mirror those of our students, especially first-generation college students like me.
As a student, community college provided me with room to grow. As a teacher, researcher, and administrator, I learned that positive change can happen at all levels. It takes determination and accountability, not just from an individual, but from a community.
As we take action together on inequality, in all of its forms, and respond to the health and safety needs of our community, especially as it pertains to the coronavirus, the College’s long held principles of diversity, integrity, tolerance and courage will guide us.
These values, which we share, will inform my leadership at Queensborough. I look forward to collaborating with you, the Chief Diversity Officer, Black Faculty and Staff Association, and others on these priorities; and I will continue with the appointment of a Faculty Fellow for Diversity, a process announced and initiated by Dr. Timothy Lynch.
Thank you, Dr. Dahlke, for your kindness and for a great talk. If you missed our conversation, you can view the recording.
I hope everyone’s first day of classes is going well. You have my understanding, my encouragement and my full support.
Dr. Christine Mangino
Queensborough Community College
The City University of New York