Today, in observance of #BlackOutTuesday, Southwestern College stands in solidarity with our African American and Black brothers and sisters to lift our collective voices to bring change to the systems and processes of institutional racism. We as humans need to pause and acknowledge we are in the midst of a national crisis in the middle of a pandemic, and we can no longer do business as usual. In consultation with the Governing Board, we are closing Southwestern College’s Chula Vista Campus, Higher Education Centers at San Ysidro, National City, and Crown Cove Aquatic Center today, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Classes will continue at Otay Mesa.
All meetings are canceled and departments are closed. We will post this information to our social media to make our students and community members aware that they will be unable to connect with us today.
Addressing what is happening in our local community as well as the rest of the country falls on each of us and our individual behavior. Acknowledging the issues of racial injustice is not enough, we must take action. First, as a college we have to be truthful with ourselves. All educational institutions are microcosms of the larger society, and if our world is acknowledging that anti-blackness exists, we must do the same.
We hope you use this day to learn, listen and reflect on the impact of systemic racism on the Black community, and commit to actions you can take to disrupt systemic racial inequities at our College and our larger society.
In unity and solidarity,