College Commitment to Fight Racism

BLM from Robin

We want to take a moment to reach out to our Black students, instructors, and staff, to make sure you are supported and heard by the College at this flashpoint in history, as decades of systemic racism and violence is laid bare in the United States, Canada and other countries around the world.

Looking not only to the south of us, but also here in Canada, where innumerable acts of police brutality and systemic inequities have led to a historic fight to remind government and those that have benefited from systemic racism in the past that Black Lives Matter, we commit to fighting racism, demanding justice, and creating a better world.

We know the mourning and grief of Black people can only be imperfectly understood by those of us who do not come from or live in these communities. The College will redouble its efforts to engage local leaders of disadvantaged groups, to ensure that we are cognizant of the challenges and experiences in these communities and are in a better position to help. The College commits to listening to the needs of our Black students and society members. As a college we remain committed to increasing our knowledge and improving our responses when anti-Black racism is manifested here or elsewhere in the world.

For members of the community feeling the impact of these events here and around the world, please see the resources below to help you through these times. The College also has a series of support systems in place that can help support our students in difficult times. Please talk to Student Services if you find yourself needing any kind of support. The College will be exploring organizations in Vancouver and the broader Lower Mainland with whom we can learn and work with to support the local Black community at this difficult time. We would like to use this opportunity to say that you are valued, you are loved, your lives matter.

Robin Hemmingsen
Principal, Columbia College

Columbia College supports for students:

External resources for all students:

Here2Talk connects students with mental health support when they need it. Through this program, all students currently registered in a B.C. post-secondary institution have access to free, confidential counselling and community referral services, available 24/7 via app, phone, and web.

Provides youth and adults with an opportunity to talk openly yet confidentially when in distress, or crisis, seek emotional support, and locate referral services in their community. Available 24/7. Calls and online chat available.

Foundry is working to make sure all young people in British Columbia can get the care and support they need, when they need it. We are now offering virtual drop-in counselling sessions by voice, video, and chat to young people ages 12-24 and their caregivers.