Things to Know – Monday, June 5, 2017

Today @SWC Summer School starts. We were very busy with #SWC Commencement and many high school and middle school commencements last week. There were thousands of people on our campus, and while it is a bit troublesome finding parking spots, having middle school and high school students on the SWC campus is a very good thing. We want our local middle school and high school students and families to feel comfortable coming to SWC…our future students. Thank you to our SWC Police Department and our SWC Facilities Department…you did an amazing job managing the record crowds. And Thank you to Sweetwater Union High School District…our partner.

Want to smile? Check out 2017 Commencement memories:

Link to @SWCCommencement Photo Gallery

Link to Storify – #SWC Commencement

Did you know why former President Bill Clinton first recognize June as Pride Month?

The morning of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village.

Why is June LGBT Pride Month

It looks like a lot of SDPride celebrating in San Diego in July….

Link to #SDPride

As the SDPride website notes

Celebrate our diversity and make a difference today! 

Why should we celebrate diversity? Desmond Tutu reflects:

Our survival as a species will depend not on unbridled power lacking moral direction, or on eliminating those who are different and seeking only those who think and speak and behave and look like ourselves. That way is stagnation and ultimately death and disintegration. That is the way of people in times especially of transition, of instability and insecurity, when there is turmoil and social upheaval, poverty and unemployment. Then people seek refuge in fundamentalisms of all kinds. They look for scapegoats, who are provided by those who are different in appearance, in behavior, in race and in thought. People become impatient of ambivalence. Differences of opinion are not tolerated and simplistic answers are the vogue, whereas the reality is that the issues are complex.  

We need so much to work for coexistence, for tolerance, and to say, “I disagree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to your opinion.” It is only when we respect even our adversaries and see them not as ogres, dehumanized, demonized, but as fellow human beings deserving respect for their personhood and dignity, that we will conduct a discourse that just might prevent conflict. There is room for everyone; there is room for every culture, race, language and point of view.

Link to Desmond Tutu on Glorious Diversity

It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand. Sonia Sotomayor

Have a great week…