During the week of June 15, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on two monumental decisions. Both of these important decisions align with MiraCosta’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
On Monday, June 15, the United States Supreme Court ruled that federal civil rights law protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) workers. This landmark ruling will extend federal law in the protection against workplace discrimination due to sexual orientation and gender identity. Although these protections have long been afforded in California, this decision will protect thousands of LGBTQ workers in other states across the country.
Today, on June 18, the United States Supreme Court decision upheld Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This decision impacts almost 700,000 individuals and families in the United States, and allows access to higher education and employment for many students and employees across the nation, our state, and within the MiraCosta College community.
While these decisions are both important and impactful, clearly there is so much more work to be done to protect our students, employees, and community members. MiraCosta College will continue to be a leader and advocate for civil rights, and we support calls for racial and social justice across systems. For example, we call for needed reforms within educational, healthcare, banking, housing, law enforcement, and immigration systems.
MiraCosta is focusing on modifying the ways we recruit and support students throughout their educational journey and making needed modifications to programs, curriculum, and professional learning to more effectively support historically marginalized students. We also continue to recruit, retain, and support equity-minded employees who will work to create a just, caring, and supportive environment in which to learn and work.
MiraCosta College remains devoted to accessible, high-quality education in an environment that promotes equity and inclusion. We will continue to advocate for all those in our community seeking a college education, and we are excited to celebrate the progress made by these two court rulings.
Sunita V. Cooke, Ph.D.