By Dr. Rolita Flores Ezeonu
Each time I am asked to speak to our students at Highline College, I quote the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The speech that I tend to cite is when King asks young people, “What is your life’s blueprint?” In this speech, King encourages young people to keep on keeping on toward their goals, even if it means studying well into the night.
He also says, “If you can’t be a bush, be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”
I tend to quote this speech because I strongly believe in our students and want them to believe that, no matter their circumstance or path, that they can reach their goals.
Our students are varied and come from diverse backgrounds. Our students are the first in their families to go to college/higher education. Our students include immigrants, refugees, and Running Start and International students who come to us from all over the world. Our students come from varying degrees of economic statuses and different ethnic/cultural backgrounds. I believe that those, like our students who have not traditionally been seen in colleges and universities, should be represented in higher education. …