Join CCC in Honoring Women’s Equality Day 2021
One hundred and one years ago — August 26, 1920 — the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was certified, “granting women the right to vote.” In 1971, New York Representative Bella Abzug introduced a resolution to designate August 26 as Women's Equality Day.
The following year, President Richard M. Nixon issued Proclamation 4147, which designated August 26, 1972, as “Women's Rights Day” and was the first official proclamation of Women's Equality Day. In August 1973, Congress approved H.J. Res. 52, which stated that August 26 would be designated as Women's Equality Day.
However, it’s important to recognize that the 19th Amendment did not unequivocally guarantee the right to vote to all women: African-American, Native American, and other minority women were not guaranteed that right until 1965, when Congress passed the Voting Rights Act.
Women’s Equality Day reminds us of the strides women have made over the past 101 years, as well as the struggles many – especially women of color – continue to face, particularly in the professional world. SUNY Corning Community College has, and will continue to assist women of all races, diversities and ethnicities on their journeys toward prosperous futures. We are committed to looking for ways to support gender equality in all the diverse facets of the CCC community.
The list of women who have fought passionately for equal rights is long, and despite the many strides made, the battle rages on. CCC has been honored to be associated with the many remarkable female students, faculty, staff and friends who have helped make it the diverse, inclusive institution it is today. Notably, Colonel Eileen M. Collins, a CCC alum, who went on to become the first female commander of a space shuttle mission, STS-93, in July 1999, and Georgia Verdier, President of the NAACP Elmira-Corning, who graduated from CCC and went on to successful thirty-year career with the New York State Department of Mental Health.
In honor of Women’s Equality Day, I encourage you to take a moment today to recognize and thank the women in your life who inspire you to greatness. My personal list of these women is long indeed, including my mother who worked as a secretary for Meals on Wheels for more than 25 years while raising four children; all of the dedicated and talented women I have worked with at community colleges in Arizona, New Jersey and here in Corning; and my wife, Marianne, who amazes and inspires me every day.
Additionally, if you aren’t registered to vote, exercise your Constitutional rights, and register today.
“Since this historic achievement, our country has made great progress in building a freer and fairer society, and we continue striving to fully realize justice and equality for all. There is still more to do to secure the promise of our Nation for everyone, including ensuring that women have equal opportunities to participate in the classroom, the economy, the workplace, and our democracy.”
– President Barack Obama, 2015
Please join me, and the entire CCC community as we honor the diverse contributions of equality on Women’s Equality Day 2021. Thank you.
Dr. Bill Mullaney
President, SUNY Corning Community College
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Pride. And Proud.
Please join me, and the SUNY Corning Community College family, in celebrating International Pride Month. Pride Month honors the Stonewall Uprising in New York City on June 28, 1969, when police stormed the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, leading to six days of protests and clashes. This event is considered the catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States.
As the world emerges from the COVID pandemic, I can’t help but recall the 1980s and early 1990s when our country was experiencing the worst of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which continues to this day in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Scientific advances since then, such as development of antiretroviral drugs, have enabled people with access to treatment to live long and healthy lives with HIV, but I cannot forget the fear, loss and death that dominated that period. However, coming of age during that time also taught me a great deal about resilience, acceptance and love.
I am proud to work at a place where diversity is one of our core values – and it is this commitment to diversity that makes the College such a vibrant place to study and work. We celebrate and honor our diversity every day of the year, but in June, during International Pride Month, we strive to bring greater awareness to LGBTQIA+ rights and the power that is in all of us.
Pride recognizes the on-going fight for equality and justice that everyone deserves and offers us an opportunity to reflect on what all of us – this great diverse group of individuals – can do to create a welcoming and accessible environment for everyone. Diversity is strength, diversity is power. We all draw from each other’s uniqueness and that helps us to grow as a society.
At SUNY CCC – we’re Pride – and we’re Proud. Join the CCC community as we celebrate diversity, encourage inclusivity, and promote awareness on issues that affect the LGBTQIA+ community.
We are celebrating Juneteenth again, and just yesterday (June 15, 2021) the US Senate passed a bill that would make Juneteenth, or June 19, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The bill leads to Juneteenth becoming the 12th federal holiday.
This year alone, there are a growing list of companies that have decided to make Juneteenth, which commemorates the ending of slavery in America, a paid company holiday, and I am proud to say that CCC is among these organizations.
I am encouraging everyone to use Juneteenth as a day for learning and reflection. Let’s take this opportunity to continue to learn and connect with our colleagues, family, and friends and reflect how we can strengthen our commitment to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace while fostering social and racial justice.
This Pride Month, Stand Proud, Stand Loud. Be Heard, Make a Difference.
Thank you --
Dr. Bill Mullaney, President, SUNY Corning Community College
Pride Flag Raising
at SUNY Corning Community College -
June 10, 2021
Response to the Derek Chauvin Verdict - April 20, 2021
Yesterday, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on three counts in the murder of George Floyd last May. Justice prevailed and a process of reform now can become possible.
However, the verdict does not alter the fact that we, as a nation, must continue to endeavor to guarantee equal justice and liberty for all. It is up to every one of us to build our nation that lives up to its ideals.
We must commit more deeply to equity and inclusion, and to listening to one another, valuing every member of our community, recognizing our differences, and embracing one another because of those differences.
Like communities across the world, our College has been saddened and enraged by Mr. Floyd’s murder and by the violence inflicted upon people of color that occurs far too often.
I call upon our entire community to commit ourselves to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything we do. Our actions cannot restore the lives that have been lost, and they cannot ease the grieving families and friends. But, they can become a foundation for healing and for a more equitable future for us all.
I ask everyone to join me as we write the next chapter in America’s story where racism is rejected, equality is upheld, liberty is bestowed and where everyone is welcome, respected and cherished.
Dr. William Mullaney
President, SUNY Corning Community College
About Dr. Mullaney
Dr. William P. Mullaney assumed SUNY CCC's presidency on July 1, 2019, with the immediate goal of continuing the steadfast commitment to purpose that has propelled this institution for more than six decades. His belief that community colleges are an integral part of communities everywhere will guide his decisions as he believes the College's role -- to provide access to the type of knowledge and skills that have the power to enhance the quality of life and prepare employees who are on point and ready on day one to meet the workforce needs of the region -- is critical.
Mullaney comes to SUNY CCC from Bergen Community College where he worked with stakeholders to increase the rate of graduation by 7 percent over a three-year period. He collaborated with area high schools to open the College’s first early college programs, which allow students to earn a college degree or significant college credits while still in high school. Mullaney served as member of the Middle States Steering Committee, co-leader of a working group and final editor for the self-study report, which resulted in full accreditation and 48 exemplary commendations. In addition, he worked with the faculty to develop a number of new academic programs, including Paramedic Science, Fashion Design, and Sports Management, and helped to guide the development of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
Mullaney earned his doctorate at Tulane University, a master’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. He is a published author and frequently invited to present at conferences across the country. Mullaney’s research interests explore American Literature, with particular foci on John Steinbeck and Harriet Beecher Stowe. He and his wife, Marianne, have three children. In his spare time, Mullaney enjoys reading, watching movies, travelling, and hiking with his family.