Although we are not shocked that our new president is following through on his campaign threats, we’re still grappling with the extent to which fear and hate are dictating our federal policies. We stand against Trump’s slough of executive orders, and we’re honored to be part of a city community that will resist federal dictates.

As we prepare to welcome Cohort 7 into the Ada community, we are reminded to keep asking ourselves where we can improve in creating a culture of inclusivity and advocacy, both at Ada and at our sponsoring companies. Our students are united by their desire to launch into a new, technical career, but they arrive as individuals; sometimes as immigrants, as refugees, as religious minorities. Every Adie is a core member of our community. We will continue to keep both eyes open, with one on our computers and one on our politicians.