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President's Message

When I think of 2017 the phrase that comes to mind is, "what a year!" So much happened, both good and bad, at The Beach. As the year comes to a close I'd like to share my thoughts and my gratitude with all of you.
It's been a little over three years since May 23, 2014 and almost two years since November 13, 2015. On both those dates I was working at universities that, without warning, lost students to hateful violence. On May 23, I was at University of California Santa Barbara when a deadly series of events unfolded in Isla Vista, a small, unincorporated town that houses many hundreds of UCSB and many Santa Barbara City College students.
Many of you know of the federal program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA). The policy has allowed eligible undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children to receive protection from deportation, an ability to travel internationally, and the potential to obtain a work permit that must be renewed every two years.
Dear Campus Community, Our campus is a leader in sustainability, and promoting pro-environmental actions is a top priority at The Beach. But reaching our ambitious goal of climate neutrality will require every one of us to take action. One of the best ways to do this is by using alternative transportation for your campus commute. This will be even more important in the coming semester, given the ongoing campus improvement project at West Campus Circle.
Dear Beach Community, The hate and violence on display over the past few days at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville, Virginia remind us that racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, neo-Nazism, and intolerance for “differences” loom over our democracy. While every American has a constitutional right to demonstrate peacefully, even on the most odious of platforms, I write today to affirm our campus values.
Dear Campus Community, Please review a letter from Chancellor Timothy White. In it he invites your feedback about me! The CSU System policy provides campus presidents with broad feedback at the end of their first three years and then periodically after that. I welcome your comments as a way to continually improve my service to our university. As you will see, your names will be kept in confidence. Anonymous feedback is not considered.