Dear MiraCosta Faculty and Staff:
I am saddened to report that we recently discovered several flyers, designed and posted to promote academic courses across our campuses, had been defaced with demeaning gestures and racist comments. These incidents have been reported to College Police who continue to monitor the situation.
MiraCosta College serves a diverse community and is committed to celebrating the diversity of our campus community. That commitment is woven into the fabric of our institution, and promotes acceptance, respect, and civility. The district strongly opposes racist acts. To be clear – any doctrine that elevates one group above another has no place at this college. MiraCosta College does not condone any language or actions that promote racism, religious discrimination, anti-Semitism, homophobia, violence, bigotry, and other forms of hate.
I understand that such intolerant acts are a cause for concern for each of us and for our community, as a whole. MiraCosta College seeks to build a culture of diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices that create an enriched environment for our students, staff, faculty, and the broader community. As we look forward, the district will seek guidance from professional experts to engage the campus community in an assessment of our culture and organizational needs. Campus constituents will be involved in the discussion during fall semester. By the end of 2018, I hope to have a series of recommendations to inform the development of a comprehensive plan. The plan will ensure we are truly a learning organization with enhanced cultural competency, the capacity to engage respectfully in academic and civil discourse, and to implement equity-minded practices across our institution for students and employees.
The MiraCosta College community stands firm in our commitment to provide high-quality educational opportunities for all students, without regard to race, ethnicity, heritage, national origin, immigration status, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition, or disability. Our goal is to educate students, to be inclusive and supportive of diversity, and to provide an environment that protects the MiraCosta College community from pressures and intrusive actions that disrupt or impair the learning process.
Dr. Sunita V. Cooke