Updates from President Dorsey

Friday, March 26, 2021

Dear FRCC Students,

It has been a year since the beginning of a global pandemic that has changed so much about the way we live our lives. I know that all of us—students, faculty, and staff—have been waiting for a return to life before the pandemic.


I am excited to share that we are planning to be close to full capacity on campus for Fall Semester 2021. We will continue to offer Real-Time Remote and Online courses for those who prefer learning remotely. Student services will continue to be available virtually and in person.

This summer, we will be transitioning back to campus in a safe, phased approach. This means that about 40% of summer classes will be offered in person on campus, and the remaining classes will be offered as Real-Time Remote or Online classes. We will continue to follow local, state, and federal guidance regarding social distancing and safety as we welcome more of our community back to campus.

Registration opens in April for both summer and fall semesters. You will be receiving information soon about your registration date, links to the course schedule, and other resources. Our Pathways Advisors and other student services are all currently available virtually and in person to help you plan.

This past year has been challenging for our community, and I have been so impressed with your resiliency, flexibility, and achievements. We are proud of you, and we are thankful that you are a part of our FRCC family.

Sincerely,


Andy Dorsey

Andy Dorsey

President, Front Range Community College

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Dear FRCC Students,

In the wake of the heartbreaking shooting in Boulder, it is important not to forget that across the country, Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have been increasingly targets of violence.   Several Asian-American women were murdered in Atlanta on March 16, 2021.  They were mothers, daughters, sisters, and loved ones.  Before Atlanta, the incidences of hate crimes and violence against AAPI residents appears to have increased sharply.

To our Asian American and Pacific Islander students, our hearts go out to you and we are committed to creating a safe space for you to learn at FRCC. The recent events are a painful reminder that there is a long history of racism and violence toward Asians in the United States that must end.  If you ever feel discriminated against here, please let me or anyone else you trust know. There is no place at FRCC for racism or mistreatment of any individual. If you are suffering, please reach out to the Deans of Student Affairs for local resources.

To all our students, please continue to care for one another as you have done so well this year.  If you see someone hurting, please reach out.  If you see racism, prejudice, or mistreatment, please speak up.  You can contact counseling services, your CARE team, the deans of student affairs, or me.

FRCC is a richer place because we have students and staff of a variety of backgrounds, races, cultures, religions, ethnicities and home countries.  Thank you to the many of you who are working to welcome and embrace this diversity and actively seeking to end racism.  

Below are some additional resources that may be helpful:

Sincerely,
Andy Dorsey
Andy Dorsey
President

 


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Dear FRCC Students,

On behalf of all the FRCC faculty and staff, I want to offer my condolences to any of you who knew one or more of the victims from yesterday's tragedy in Boulder. I am so sorry.

I also know that some of you live nearby and may have even been in or near the store during the shooting. I can imagine that must have been terribly distressing.

My heart goes out to you and to everyone who has lost a loved one or is feeling scared or pained by this horrific event.

We do know that one of the victims, Rikki Olds, did attend classes at FRCC in 2015-16. At this point we do not think that anyone else involved studied or worked at FRCC, but we are still learning.

I would also like to recognize the heroic efforts of Officer Eric Talley and all the police officers involved. I know this event may be especially hard for the students and faculty in our law enforcement program. I am reminded again of the importance of your work and how brave it is for you to pursue this career.

I hope you will continue to support each other and have patience and kindness with others who may be suffering or grieving. Here are some resources if you need some help:

  • Grief and Loss Group Counseling. If you could use some support during this difficult time, join the Grief and Loss Group Counseling Session tomorrow, 3/24/2021, at 4 pm. If you are interested in joining please email Kathleen Strong at kathleen.strong@frontrange.edu.
  • Colorado Crisis Services. Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255), text ‘TALK’ to 38255 to access support and counseling for yourself or a loved one, 24 hours a day.
  • Refer a concern. Please use this form if you are concerned about a student’s personal well-being and wish to refer them to a CARE Team on your campus.

If you want to support those affected by the shooting, here are some ways you can do so, courtesy of the Longmont Community Foundation:

  • The Boulder County Crisis Fund. Established by our colleagues at the Community Foundation Boulder County, this fund will support the needs of those directly affected, as well as the community's needs to heal.
  • The Colorado Healing Fund. Funds will go directly to victims and their families. CHF works victim service partners to identify victim needs and fill the gaps in financial resources.
  • The Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation. When a line of duty death occurs, the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation assists, supports, and provides resources in their effort to serve the deceased officer’s family based on their needs and wishes. Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation's presence allows for honoring a fallen colleague without the pressure of funeral planning, allowing them an appropriate time to grieve.
 

Sincerely,
Andy Dorsey
Andy Dorsey
President