San Bernardino Community College District Stands for Campus Safety, Diversity and Respect for All
SBCCD Trustees join California Community Colleges Board of Governors in supporting the ability of all students to attend campuses without fear and intimidation
On January 22, 2017, the San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) Board of Trustees applauded the California Community College Board of Governors for unanimously approving a resolution declaring all 113 community colleges as “open, safe and welcoming to all students, regardless of immigration status.” The resolution is consistent with SBCCD’s commitment to providing resources and opportunities for all students, from all backgrounds, to achieve their academic potential.
During the public January 19th board meeting, Joseph Williams, President of the SBCCD Board of Trustees read the following statement:
“As Trustees of the San Bernardino Community College District, we are committed to serving all students and value the inherent dignity and equality of all individuals, regardless of their immigration status, religious beliefs, national origin, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, or socio-economic status. Proud of our distinction as the first district in the California Community College system to open a Dreamers Resource Center in 2015, we applaud and support the action taken yesterday by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to pass resolution number 2017–01, unanimously.”
“The resolution declares that all 113 community colleges remain open, safe and welcoming to all students. As a district, our commitment is to provide support and opportunities to all of our students, regardless of their immigration status, to enable them to achieve their academic potential. We are committed to maintaining a welcoming and safe learning and teaching environment. We firmly believe that by providing educational opportunities to students from all walks of life, we are unlocking their talents for a future as high-skilled workers and entrepreneurs to help fuel our economic engine.”
Executive order affecting seven majority Muslim countries
Over the weekend (Jan. 27–29, 2017) the Trump administration issued an executive order that restricts the ability of students, faculty and staff from certain countries from being able to enter the United States. The action caused great concern at colleges and universities across the nation.
If you become aware of any San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) students, faculty or staff that have been detained or otherwise prevented from entering the United States, and have information about such actions, please call the SBCCD Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations at (909) 382–4012.
SBCCD will work with the California Community Colleges Office of General Counsel and handle related information with the strictest privacy and confidentiality.
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is monitoring the situation and will continue to work with the UC, CSU and the California Department of Justice. If further guidance is developed, SBCCD will send it to students, faculty and staff as quickly as possible.
The San Bernardino Community College District serves 22 cities in the heart of Inland Southern California and creates new opportunities for 25,000 students each year through two fully-accredited campuses, Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College. SBCCD cultivates minds and transforms the community through its Economic Development & Corporate Training division and KVCR, the region’s National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Broadcasting System (PBS) television station. Through its day-to-day educational enterprise, SBCCD generates $621 million in local economic activity each year. Learn more at www.sanbernardino.impact.study