VP Gilkerson’s Message to CCC Community on Presidential Election
I cannot begin to adequately express my personal feelings regarding Tuesday’s election results; however, I can say that our College remains deeply committed to the beliefs and values that guide our work together.
Today we serve the most diverse student body in the Contra Costa Community College District and we know there is great fear and uncertainty for many we serve. More than just a demographic marker, we know our students, like each of us, have multiple identity contingencies that make them vulnerable on a daily basis. I want to assure you that we will continue to support the work that is being done campus-wide to build a more inclusive community where our students feel safe and supported in their pursuit of learning.
Additionally, there are many opportunities for you to get involved in supporting these efforts. Here are just a few:
- One Justice is on campus today holding Know Your Rights presentations at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. with a focus on allowing individuals to ask broader questions about undocumented status and immigration questions. Location: Student & Administration Building -Student Lounge.
- Veterans Resource Center Ribbon Cutting: Grand opening of the resource center and Veterans Day Celebration – today, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the amphitheater behind the Student & Administration Building.
- UndocuAlly Training: Supporting Undocumented Students to Graduate from College- Information, Resources and Best Practices – Friday, December 2nd, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Register here.
- SafeZone & Allies Planning Group: A planning group working to create a more inclusive community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning individuals on campus. To get involved contact Carlos-Manuel Chavarria or Tammeil Gilkerson.
Finally, we want to let you know that this afternoon our students from the Puente Club and the LaRaza Student Union are organizing a rally in the freedom of speech area outside of the Student Services Center for students to express their feelings about the election results. This will be followed by a peaceful march to San Pablo City Hall. The rally is slated for 12:00 p.m., with the march starting at 1:00 p.m.
Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs
Contra Costa College
“Contra Costa College believes that all individuals have inherent worth and dignity and are entitled to develop their full potential. Individuals will enjoy an improved quality of life; communities will prosper economically and socially; and families, neighborhoods, and businesses will be strengthened when residents share a commitment to lifelong learning. Further, we believe that a healthy and vigorous society benefits from the rich cultural, racial and socioeconomic variations of all people; that democracy depends upon an informed and involved citizenry; and that the college therefore serves both the individual and society.”
Commitment to helping students learn and improve the economic and social vitality of communities through education;
Responsiveness to the varied and changing learning needs of those we serve;
Diversity of opinions, ideas and peoples;
Freedom to pursue and fulfill educational goals in an environment that is safe and respectful for all students, all faculty, all classified, and all managers alike; and
Integrity in all facets of our college interactions and operations.
20% African American