MiraCosta College News Central

MiraCosta College is Committed to Fostering an Environment of Inclusion

11/4/2019
Dear MiraCostans,

We are extremely disappointed to share another recent attempt to divide our MiraCosta College Community.

During the early morning of Friday, November 1, Student Life and Leadership staff and student leaders reported approximately 15 flyers posted throughout the Student Center and around the 3500 building on the Oceanside Campus. The flyers displayed ideologies of antisemitism, transphobia, and white supremacy. Staff removed the flyers because they were posted without following proper procedure. The content of the flyers and the actions were reported through the Bias Incident Reporting protocol. Staff and College Police mobilized immediately and conducted a sweep at all district sites for any other postings in violation of the district’s administrative procedure, and for the individuals who may have been responsible. An investigation is underway.

Since the end of 2016, acts of intolerance have increased nationwide. There has been a 77 percent increase in documented white supremacist propaganda, and a surge in organizing and recruitment by white nationalists on college campuses. Neighboring colleges and universities have also experienced a rise in bias related incidents. 

At MiraCosta College, our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is a threat to those who do not share these values. We condemn such acts that attempt to distract us from our core values and mission. Freedom from discrimination, harassment, and violence is essential for a healthy learning and working environment. MiraCosta College is committed to fostering an environment of inclusion that values, honors, and respects our diverse college community. The college is working toward this goal, which requires continued focus, intentionality, and reflection.   

In response to this act that seeks to divide our MiraCosta Community and dishonors our humanity and the values we uphold, we invite you to come together to engage in dialogue, process the event, and support one another through a call to action. 

DIALOGUE:

Join your peers and colleagues throughout the MiraCosta Community to discuss the content of white supremacist messaging, examine the political and social contexts that surround these actions, and explore responses to them. 

PARTICIPATE: 

Transphobia and Trans and Nonbinary Identities Workshops:

Wednesday, November 6 – 10:30 a.m. (OCT401)
Thursday, November 14 – 12:00 p.m. (OCT401)
Thursday, November 14 – 6:00 p.m. (OC3205)
College Hour–Unity Gatherings:

Thursday, November 7 at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (SEC Student Quad) 
Thursday, November 7 at 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (OC Student Center Pavilion) 
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Dedicated Space for CommUNITY 
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.: First Gen Society Celebrates Unity 
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.: Veterans Honors Unity & Service
Hate Crimes & Bias Incidents: Building Coalition & Community Workshop

Wednesday, November 13 at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (OC Student Center - Aztlán)
Civic Engagement 101 Workshop with the ACLU

Tuesday, November 12 at 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. (OC Student Center - Aztlán)

SUPPORT:

We recognize that members of our campus community may be experiencing a range of emotions, and we wish to remind students, staff, and faculty that support is available in the following ways:  

  • As part of our culture of CARE and Support, the MiraCosta CARES team is available to provide students with information about on-campus and off-campus resources. Students can go to the Office of Student Life & Judicial Affairs (Oceanside Campus Student Center, Room 3341), the San Elijo Student Life & Leadership Office (San Elijo Campus Student Center, Room 929), the Community Learning Center front desk, or call the CARE line at 442.262.2200. The Health Services mental health counseling team is also available for students on the Oceanside Campus (Room 3326) and San Elijo Campus (Room 922). 
  • All MiraCosta employees are eligible to receive confidential support. The Employee Assistance Services for Education (EASE) program provides free, short-term counseling over the phone or by appointment. To learn more, please contact the EASE Program at 800.722.3273.
  • To ensure the safety of our campus community, it is critical that we consistently report all bias or hate incidents on our campuses. If you see a bias incident occur or know any additional information on the above-mentioned incident, please complete a Bias Incident Report OR notify MiraCosta College Police immediately at 760.795.6640, or 6911 from any campus phone.
We remain united with our fellow MiraCostans and condemn all actions that seek to divide us. 

In solidarity,
Sunita V. Cooke, Ph.D.
Superintendent/President

Alketa Wojcik, Ed.D.
Vice President of Student Services

Nick Mortaloni
Interim Dean, Student Life & Judicial Affairs 

Hayley Schwartzkopf
Director of Labor Relations & Title IX Coordinator

Kristen Huyck, Ed.D.
Director, Public & Governmental Relations, Marketing & Communications

Kristina Londy
Interim Program Manager, Student Equity