RCTC Joins International Charter For Compassion

(Rochester, MN) Rochester Community and Technical College is proud to announce the signing of its Charter for Compassion. President Jeffery Boyd officially affirmed the Charter for Compassion, making RCTC a full educational partner in the Charter movement.

Unveiled in 2009, The Charter for Compassion is an international network of organizations that believes “compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate suffering of our fellow creatures” and that we must treat “everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity, and respect.”

RCTC is the only college or university in the Midwest to join the Charter for Compassion, and one of only a few other community colleges nation-wide. Other notable higher education institutions to partner with the Charter include Stanford University, the College of William and Mary, Georgia State University, and Western Connecticut State University.

This Compassion initiative has developed over many years at RCTC and has truly been a college-wide effort. RCTC staff have held food and school supply drives, sponsored a book club, and participated in grant projects. Faculty have developed a compassion studies course, incorporated related curriculum into classes and workshops, written grants, and engaged frequently with off-campus communities. Administration has supported compassion efforts with time, thoughtful advice, and leadership, and students have organized and attended many compassion-focused events.

As a full educational partner, RCTC will collaborate with other Charter organizations to develop compassion-rich environments and opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and visitors. RCTC also aims to continue its strong partnerships with Compassionate Rochester, MN and other local and regional organizations to support compassion-centered education and action.

RCTC is one of the oldest, two-year colleges in the United States. Signing the Charter affirms that RCTC’s rich legacy of compassion will continue—with focus, energy, and determination—into the future.

For further information on RCTC’s Charter for Compassion, contact RCTC faculty steve.juenemann@rctc or mike.mutschelknaus@rctc.edu.

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