An Unprecedented Honor, President Valencia Joins FAPSC Board Dear ASA College Community: Please join us in congratulating our President, Jose Valencia, who has just been elected as the newest member of the 22-member Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC). Established in 1956, FAPSC has been working on behalf of hundreds of degree- and non-degree-granting career schools in Florida. It is the first time in the 36-year history of ASA College that its President or anyone from...
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President’s message on the current crisis
We remember vividly, when on March 13, 2020, we had just made the decision to transition our on-ground classes to online, due to a virus that had been posing a health threat in other parts of the world. Over the next 2.5 months, this virus, known as COVID-19, became a once-in-a-century pandemic. It attacked the lungs, and it made breathing difficult. How ironic that, over the past memorial weekend, “breathing difficult” became news again. George Floyd was arrested, handcuffed, and held down on the ground, the knee of a police officer on his neck, as he pleaded, “I can’t breathe.” The image of George Floyd’s death was excruciatingly painful for all of us to watch. Most of us simply could not control our emotions as we reflected: why are they doing that? Aren’t they supposed to protect us, not harm us?
At ASA College, we believe in a better future – in hope against all odds – and our collective performance over the last semester has shown us that even the myriad challenges posed by a global pandemic cannot overcome the will and resourcefulness of students, faculty and staff dedicated to achieving this better future. Every course completed, every earned final grade, represents a great accomplishment, and we wish that these achievements were the story of our time, but sadly they are not.
In the face of all that has happened subsequent to the lawless death of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, we cannot say a better future is possible for anyone unless we all confront the racism that has permeated our culture and institutions since the inception of our nation.
We all must accept that the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are not unfortunate isolated incidents. There is no coincidence that George Floyd’s dying words echoed those of Eric Garner. This story, the story of Emmett Till who was lynched as a 14 year old in 1955, the story of Trayvon Martin who was murdered as a teen in 2012, is the story of Black Americans being denied their constitutional and human rights because our culture and institutions have been in part designed to do so. We must accept that this is the truth, and it must make us both sad and angry. At the same time, this truth must also motivate us.
It is important to express our outrage and desire for change in accordance with our First Amendment rights. We must continue to bring about the society that we deserve through our lives and our careers. Over eighty percent of ASA College students are people of color; our Legal Studies Division graduates proud members of many law enforcement agencies. We can be the change we want to see in the world if we continue to employ our will and resourcefulness, and never again hide from uncomfortable truths.
Jose F. Valencia, CPA
COVID-19 Resources Urgent Updates from ASA President Updated: November 6, 2020 Read More > COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Task Force The NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Task Force is a dynamic group of community, policy, and health experts who will assist the Governor in reducing barriers to vaccination and ensuring an equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine. Learn More > https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/covid-19-vaccine-equity-task-force Published: March 1, 2021 The New York City Department of Health and...
Happy Purim Jewish people around the world celebrate the Festival of Purim today to honor the survival of the Jewish people under ancient Persian rule. Purim is one of the most entertaining Jewish holidays and has a carnival-like atmosphere. The celebrations start this evening and end in the evening tomorrow.