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The compelling need for educational excellence in American society throughout the TwentyFirst Century is an undeniable ingredient in order for our nation to be a leader in the world and
in all segments of human affairs.
Whereas, it is in this spirit that Florida A&M University, Florida State University and
Tallahassee Community College agree to promote and maintain a cooperative relationship
between leaders and students of the three educational institutions in Tallahassee, Florida; and
Whereas, toward this purpose, we also will adhere to lifting and maintaining the highest
standards of respect for all persons within our respective educational communities and we will
promote an appreciation for the diversity of culture and ideals among our students, faculty and
staff; and
Whereas, the challenges facing members of society at the state, national and international
levels compels that our students and faculty remain socially sensitive and engaged so that our
educational enterprises will remain relevant as we think globally but act locally; and
Whereas, we value the advances of automation and technology, however, it is critical that as
American institutions of higher learning we must remain vigilant in our recognition, celebration
and remembrance that nothing supersedes the human spirit and its relevance as a spiritual
phenomenal worthy of our most sacred regard and protected by civil order; and
Whereas, here in the Capital of Florida we agree to endeavor to advance the educational
mission of our respective institutions and to increase universal understanding of dynamics
affecting the civil, social, political, economic and moral existence of all people including ideals
lifted up as societal reflections touted by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Therefore, we affirm the missions of our respective institutions and will pursue fulfilling their
purposes promoting civil, moral, intellectual and social responsibilities to honor the rights and
dignity of all who attend Florida A&M University, Florida State University and Tallahassee
Community College.
Signed this 11th day of January, 2017.

Dr. Larry Robinson
Florida A&M University

Mr. John Thrasher
Florida State University

Dr. Jim Murdaugh
Tallahassee Community College