President Statement May 2020

Below is the message of HECMA President, Laurel Donley, in response to the May 2020 death of George Floyd and the trauma experienced by Black communities.


May 31, 2020

Dear HECMA Members,

I come writing this with a heavy heart. The events of the past weeks are not isolated to 2020. Due to the exposure of systemic racism, it is clear that individuals who identify as Black are experiencing pain, anger, and frustration.

The work that we do as case managers is taxing and difficult. For our colleagues of color, we cannot begin to comprehend the complexities of balancing personal and professional identities. As professionals working with students of color it is imperative that we not ignore the systemic barriers that exist professionally, socially and within higher education.

So, what are we to do in times such as this? I call on all HECMA members to join me on a journey of self-discovery addressing personal biases and working to eliminate systemic racism in our communities and our campuses. Below are a few resources that exist to assist us on this journey. In addition, I have included a few of the opportunities that HECMA provides to address systemic racism by supporting the learning and care of all of our members. I am grateful for the work and leadership of our DEI and Training committees to provide opportunities for our members.


HECMA Opportunities

  • June 15th (Zoom registration and further information to be sent within the next week)
    • White Anti-Racism Roundtable | 9 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. PST
    • People of Color Processing Roundtable | 11 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. PST
  • July 2020 (more details TBD)
    • Workshops on Anti-Racism Pedagogy hosted by Director, Training & Development and Director, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (Outgoing & Incoming)

I hope you will join me as we support our colleagues and students of color. HECMA will continue to strive to provide a space to build community, increase knowledge and awareness, and offer support.

I am here for all members. I invite you to reach out to me personally as I am here to listen.



Laurel Donley

President, HECMA