President Carlos Cortez
March 27, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

This week SDCE celebrated faculty with an appreciation and awards event. More than 100 faculty attended for lunch, recognition and camaraderie. I appreciate all who participated by coordinating and attending. Last week, SDCE’s Educational Cultural Complex hosted Senator Toni Atkins' Community Education Forum (by invitation to educational leaders) and Community Budget Forum (open to the public), in collaboration with Sen. Ben Hueso, Assembly Member Shirley Weber, and Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez. The two-part forum informed education stakeholders and the general public on Governor Newsom’s 2019-20 FY Budget Proposal.

As you may know, the SDCE Foundation named Dr. Laurie Coskey as the new Executive Director and the Foundation is currently collecting donations and items for baskets that will be used for fundraising at the upcoming scholarship and awards event. To make a donation, please contact Dr. Coskey directly.

SDCE campuses recently hosted tours for (a) Mid-City: Adriana Huerta, Program Coordinator with Employee Rights Center; (b) Mid-City: Misty Jones, Director of San Diego Public Library, and (c) Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and President of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. On Saturday, Vice President Fischthal and I presented at the Council for the Study of Community Colleges.

I am very happy to report that SDCE faculty and students from the Acquired Brain Injury program participated in the 2019 survive HEADSTRONG – Walk for Recovery fundraiser and SDCE Team ABI raised over $20,000.

Today, the second of three Sharing Summits was held at Mid-City Campus. The summit is a space for faculty, staff and administrators to have open dialogue and discussions with colleagues and peers. I hope you have been able to attend or can save-the-date for the summit on June 4 at North City Campus.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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