As the election counts are being finalized, uncertainty weighs on many of us. It appears some of the national results (president and senate seats) may not be final for several days. The results will likely underscore the deep divides within our nation and the work ahead - finding common ground and values that unite us.
On the local front, while the votes are not confirmed, the numbers are in favor for MiraCosta College Trustee incumbents. Congratulations to Trustee George McNeil, Jackie Simon, and Frank Merchat.
I understand that many of us may be facing frustration, fear, and uncertainty as this process plays out. I write this message to honor and acknowledge those difficult realities. I also write to remind us that no matter the results, we are a community that seeks to embrace each other and honor the richness of the diverse cultures and identities we each carry.
While I do not have all the answers to what these results may bring, we are a community that is focused on the safety and well-being of our students, employees, and campus community. Due to the increases in cyber attacks and other threats in these times, members of the Emergency Operations Team have been meeting and reviewing the needs of our campus community to ensure safety, security and the continuity of our operations.
SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS:
To ensure the safety of our campus community, it is critical that we consistently report any bias or hate-related incidents on our campuses. If you are aware of a bias or hate-related incident that is impacting our campus community, please complete a Bias Incident Report
OR notify MiraCosta College Police immediately at 760.795.6640, or 6911 from any campus phone.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, community, mutual-respect, and student-centeredness are among our core values. In times like these, we will need to lean in and focus on these as we overcome political divides following this difficult election season. MiraCosta College will continue to pursue and protect these principles now and in the future, and urges our students, faculty, staff, and all others associated with the District to do so as well. As a community working together, we will thrive.
Dr. Sunita V. Cooke