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Response to Buffalo Shooting Tragedy - May 16, 2022

Although Saturday was a day of commencement celebration for our community, it was a day of terror and tragedy in Buffalo.  We pray for those who were killed or injured, and our hearts go out to their families and friends.  As an institution committed to the principles of diversity and respect for all lives, SUNY Corning Community College condemns this racially-motivated crime in the strongest possible terms and remains committed to creating an environment in which all people are safe.  I have reached out to the presidents of Erie Community College and Niagara Community College on behalf of the College offering any help that we can provide. 

Counseling help is available for SUNY CCC students and employees with the Student Assistance Program and Employee Assistance Programs through Clinical Associates of the Southern Tier: call 607-936-1771 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Bill Mullaney
President, SUNY Corning Community College

SUNY Corning Community College President, Dr. Bill Mullaney
partnered with Corning Inc. on February 2, 2022
to introduce this year’s celebration of Black History Month

Iwould like to thank the organizers of today’s event for inviting me here today, and I would like to thank Corning Inc. for being such a supportive partner of the College. Like Corning Inc., Corning Community College remains committed to values of diversity, equity and inclusion. However, the murder of George Floyd was a bit of a reckoning for us. For all of the good work we were doing, it quickly became clear that we needed to do better. In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, we committed to three actions:

  • Conduct town hall sessions on social justice, anti-racism, and equity for all students, faculty and staff at the college
  • Enhance cultural competency training for all employees
  • Evaluate data to address disproportionate outcomes and identify issues of inequity and disparate treatment.

Langston HughesAll three actions were transformative for the College, but I think it was the last action, the evaluation of data, that proved most significant. I invited all employees to a Lunch and Learn to begin to really dig into the data.

The College has always prided itself on its high graduation, one of the highest among the community colleges in New York and above the national average. 

However, when we disaggregated the data by race, we realized that our black students were graduating at a rate of less than 50% than our white students.  Employees were shocked, but there is a silver lining. That data point, as well as a few critical others, became an urgent call to action, resulting in the college’s first ever Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan, an effort led by our Chief Diversity Officer Connie Park and the result of months of work by dedicated faculty and staff across the College. The plan is a living testament of our commitment to equity and a promise to all students who enter our doors. 

I will leave you today with some words written by the great African-American poet Langston Hughes [pictured]. Before I crossed over to college administration, I studied and taught literature for many years and teaching his poems, as well as other writers of the Harlem Renaissance to undergraduates was one of the true joys of my teaching career.

 Yesterday was the 121st anniversary of Langston Hughes’ birth, so it is especially appropriate to honor him today. 

This is his poem, “I Too”:

I, too, sing America.

 

I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

And eat well,

And grow strong.

 

Tomorrow,

I’ll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody’ll dare

Say to me,

“Eat in the kitchen,”

Then.

 

Besides,

They’ll see how beautiful I am

And be ashamed—

 

I, too, am America.

Photo: Carl Van Vechten, 1936, Public Domain


Join CCC in Honoring our Veterans this Veterans Day

My dad passed away at the ripe old age of 95 in 2011. He grew up in the Bronx and was the youngest of eight children. He never went to College but he had a successful career at MetLife (although back then, it was called Metropolitan Life Insurance Company).

Before he joined the workforce, he served in the United States Army and was stationed for three years in the Philippines during World War II. Fortunately, he was never in harm’s way. He was extremely proud of his william mullaney, veteran of wwii, lynbrook, njservice to his country, and many of the values that he instilled in my sisters and me were, I think, directly related to his military service — specifically, integrity and hard work. These values have served us well in work and in life.

Today is Veterans Day, and it is a day to pay tribute to all American veterans—living and dead—but to especially give thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. The College has a strong tradition of being a welcoming place for veterans and in helping them to continue their studies or pursue their careers. So, in addition to taking some time out of your day to reflect on the sacrifices of our veterans and to thank any veterans in your life for their service, please think about specific ways you can, as a member of the CCC community, do something tangible in your area to make the College an even more open-hearted and supportive place for our service men and women.

Dr. Bill Mullaney
President, SUNY Corning Community College


Join CCC in Honoring Women’s Equality Day 2021

womens equality day 2021One 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.

pride month 2021Please 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.


Celebrating Juneteenth

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.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mullaney


This Pride Month, Stand Proud, Stand Loud. Be Heard, Make a Difference.

Thank you --

Dr. Bill Mullaney, President, SUNY Corning Community College


pride flag groupPride Flag Raising

at SUNY Corning Community College -

June 10, 2021

🏳️‍🌈𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗲. 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗱.🏳️‍🌈
 
In celebration of International Pride Month, the Pride Flag was raised on the campus of SUNY Corning Community College, June 10, 2021.
 
CCC President, Dr. Bill Mullaney, English Prof. Dr. Christine Atkins and Instructor Hannah Jones provided remarks.
 
pride flag raising"I've always been a big believer that a campus should manifest, physically, the values that you hold. We need to keep our eyes on the larger vision of diversity. This is why we want to celebrate Pride Month," Dr. Mullaney remarked.
 
 
 

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.