Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) recently invited Statesboro Mayor, Jonathan McCollar, to campus to speak with faculty, staff, and students in honor of Black History Month.

Hosted by OTC’s Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee and Student Support Services, Mayor McCollar touched on several topics including leadership, communication, work ethic, the current state of the city and his office. In his closing remarks McCollar mentioned how the upcoming generation is key to helping make progress.

Mayor Jonathan McCollar
Credit: Lori Grice

“There are things that our country must face, there are some things that we are going to have some very serious conversations about if we are planning to move this country forward,” said McCollar. “I believe this generation is the generation that is going to move us forward. This is a generation that chooses to love differently, they choose to see race differently, they celebrate their faith differently, they see something in the genius that we are all connected to each other,” he added.

Sabrina Burns who works with Student Support Services at OTC and is a member of the Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee, played an integral role in helping organize the event for the campus.

“It was truly an honor and a pleasure to have Mayor Jonathan McCollar as a speaker at OTC in celebration of Black History Month,” said Burns. “As one who has made history himself as the first black mayor of Statesboro, he spoke passionately about his advocacy for social equality, economic development, and political activism.”

In addition to inviting Mayor McCollar to campus, OTC has been sharing educational information via their social media channels about Black History Month and the Black men and women who have made major contributions to the fields of health, medicine, and wellness.

Sean Payne

Sean Payne currently serves as the Executive Director for PR & Marketing at Ogeechee Technical College. He has over 10 years of experience doing Design and Marketing for institutions of Higher Education....