MiraCosta College News Central

President's Update: Bias Incident

11/7/2018

Dear MiraCostans,

I am disheartened to report that MiraCosta College fell victim to vandalism from a white supremacy group today. These actions are not tolerated at MiraCosta College because they violate our values of inclusion and serve to incite fear within our campus community. This incident has been reported to College Police who will investigate and continue to monitor the campus. 

Together, as a community, we can work to rise above this and fight hate. 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. 

There are times when the actions and behaviors of individuals impact others negatively. 
To report incidents/actions of hate, please complete the recently created Biased Incident Report in Maxient. The Bias Incident Report has been established to respond to these incidents and behaviors with resources, support, and actions. 

As a learning institution, the opportunity to engage in conversation is essential. Our Social Justice & Equity Center (SJEC) and partners across the college will present a "Teach-In" to explore hate speech, supremacy, and bias.  

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.

MiraCosta College serves a very broad community and we are committed to celebrating the diversity of our campus. That commitment is woven into the fabric of our institution and will continue to promote acceptance, respect, and civility.

Sincerely,

Sunita V. Cooke Ph.D.
Superintendent/President