Hands of different skin colors raised up.

Black Lives Matter

“Black lives matter, and we need to keep teaching that message until more and more people understand it.”

– President Cole on June 18, 2020

We Must Stand Together

A Message from President Cole on the Death of George Floyd:

The death of George Floyd is yet another tragic reminder of the bias and violence that exist in our society. This incident, and too many like it, is deeply troubling to the members of this University community. All of our work together is based on our commitment to the concept that every individual is entitled to participate in and have access to the benefits of our society, to education of course, but also to the larger protections of social justice.

Now, more than ever, we must stand together as a community of scholars. We must recall our values, and find our strength in our principles. During these difficult times, I urge us all to stay united as a community and to support each other. Reach out to your professors, your classmates, your colleagues, friends and mentors.

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A Laboratory for What the World Could Be

Montclair State continues to uphold social justice through inclusion, diversity and equitable education.

While the University has worked to create a diverse and equitable campus, “there always are things we could be doing better,” says Dr. Karen L. Pennington, Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life.

Looking forward, Pennington outlines how the University will continue to fight for social justice:

“We’re not perfect, but we are trying. Understanding, thinking, having conversations, talking about it, asking questions. It’s communication, it’s dialogue. It’s educating ourselves in order to be able to educate others.”

– Karen L. Pennington, Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life on June 18, 2020
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