Ellucian Equality Statement
Statement from Laura Ipsen, President and CEO of Ellucian
To our Ellucian community:
To effect real change, we need to speak out when something is wrong and learn from the mistakes of the past. As a community dedicated to equal access to education, we live this belief every day.
The great leader Nelson Mandela said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
We should keep these words in mind as we struggle with the wave of injustice suppressing this country. While we don’t have all the answers right now… we’re listening–and learning.
George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade.
Their names live with the countless others who have died at the hands of racial injustice. We stand with the members of the Black community in the strongest opposition to racism, violence, and hatred. We support the right to protest peacefully. We acknowledge the sorrow, pain, and frustration being expressed at the continued systematic inequities.
At this time we must support and respect one another. This problem that lingers in our society is not the burden of people of color alone. When one of us suffers injustice, we all suffer injustice.
Education is a bridge to a more just society. It is the primary way to close the socio-economic gap that historically disadvantaged people face–particularly people of color. The work we all do every day for education should contribute to a brighter future for everyone.
But we can’t stop the fight. We won’t stop the fight. The stakes are too high.
With you in togetherness,