President Carlos Cortez
April 26, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

SDCE hosted more than 200 students with friends and family on Monday at the 11th annual Stars on the Rise Scholarship and Awards Event where 116 students were recognized. This year, SDCE distributed $250,000 in funding support for students. I would like to sincerely thank the faculty, classified professionals and administrators who supported the event with donations and attendance.

SDCE proudly recognized donors who supported new scholarships and awards this year including the Annette Benning Promise Scholarship; Dr. Robert Matthews Scholarship; University of Phoenix Scholarship; Hal L. Coskey Memorial Scholarship; SDCE’s President’s Award; 2019 Ambassador Intern Award, and the Pathways to National University Award. Special thanks to the dozens of generous donors who contributed to the opportunity drawing baskets, which raised additional funding to support the Employee Giving Campaign Scholarship Fund.

SDCE's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee held a Safe Zone Workshop for SDCE faculty, classified professionals and administrators. The workshop was to educate and equip employees to establish safe zones in classrooms and offices for LBGTQ students. The second of four sessions was held to gain faculty and staff input on Student Equity Planning at SDCE.

The Educational Cultural Complex hosted the San Diego Chapter of the Black Political Association of California’s monthly membership meeting, where special guests Assembly Member Shirley Weber and Supervisor Nathan Fletcher spoke in SDCE's historic theater. Matthew Rivaldi and Aaron Iffland (faculty members from the Business and Information Technology program) presented at the Makerspace Ecosystem Summit hosted by California Community Colleges and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship in Newport Beach. I also attended the Summit and participated in a President's panel on Maker Labs.

In closing, an SDCE alumna Nasrin Dehghani, a former ESL Chavez student who transferred to City College this spring, was seriously injured when struck by a car. Superstar ESL faculty have set up a Go Fund Me account for those who are in a position to make a donation:

Have a wonderful weekend!


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