President Carlos Turner Cortez, PHd
March 18, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Tuesday’s traumatic events in Georgia have brought recognition to the longstanding hate crimes and systemic discrimination toward Asian Americans across the globe. The increasing racist incidents since the start of the Pandemic have caused a lasting impact on the community, leaving the Asian community vulnerable, anxious, and concerned to leave their homes. San Diego College of Continuing Education (SDCCE) stands in solidarity with our students, administration, faculty, and staff who identify as Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI).

During the attack on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, the lives of eight people, mostly of Asian descent, were taken tragically in Atlanta during a targeted attack at places of employment, places that should represent safe spaces.

San Diego County is home to the largest AAPI population in the nation. SDCCE has been serving a student population that includes Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants since our very beginning—more than 100 years ago in 1914. We welcome, honor, and respect the contributions from this vibrant community that support our commitment to diversity—a commitment to being a safe place for 40,000 racially and ethnically diverse students to learn, and for faculty, and staff to work, with zero tolerance for hate crimes and social stigmas.

Together we stand united in support and safety of all AAPI populations. I echo Chancellor Carroll's statement that SDCCE supports the AAPI community and denounces the hostile attacks in recent months. Thank you for being an ally for the AAPI community and for fostering safe, inclusive, welcoming classrooms and workspaces for all students, administration, faculty, and staff.

All are welcome. #StopAsianHate

Sincerely,

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Carlos Osvaldo Cortez, Ph.D.
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