In recognition and celebration of Juneteenth on Saturday, Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Melody Rose released the following statement:
“Tomorrow, the nation will honor Juneteenth, which recognizes June 19, 1865, as the date when freedom was finally announced to slaves in Galveston, Texas, nearly two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
As a higher education community, we commit to understanding our nation’s complex history, even as we dedicate ourselves to making a better future. The founding values of equality, liberty, and justice must extend to all. Without a full appreciation for the nation’s unequal application of these values, we will never fully achieve them.
Please join me in acknowledging the inequities of our past and embracing our collective responsibility to stand up against injustice and racism wherever it occurs.
The Nevada System of Higher Education and its eight institutions are committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access as guiding principles both in and out of the classroom.”
The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting research universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges, and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of Nevada. NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents. The System includes the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada State College, Desert Research Institute, the College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College, and Western Nevada College.