June 2020
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Celebrating 100 Years!
Class of 2020 makes history

At 970 graduates earning 1540 degrees and certificates, the Centennial Class of 2020 is the largest graduating class in Gavilan College history, and the first to have their commencement ceremony postponed due to a pandemic.

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From the Office of the President
By Dr. Kathleen A. Rose, Superintendent / President
Hi everyone,

In my 38 years in higher education, I have learned a central lesson: In order to be a good leader, one must be a good listener. Leadership influences, and words are critical to best understand the meaning and intent in any message. This time in our nation’s history, with the impact of the pandemic and global protests regarding systematic racism and violence, gives all of us a chance to listen, hear, and advocate for change.

This past year, the Vision for Success Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force published a report on the action needed to better understand the needs of our students. https://www.cccco.edu/-/media/CCCCO-Website/Reports/CCCCO_DEI_Report.pdf?la=en&hash=69E11E4DAB1DEBA3181E053BEE89E7BC3A709BEE

In this report, the group determined that: “With the goal of ensuring the equal educational opportunity of all students, the California Community Colleges embrace diversity among students, faculty, staff and the communities we serve as an integral part of our history, a recognition of the complexity of our present state, and a call to action for a better future . Embracing diversity means that we must intentionally practice acceptance and respect toward one another and understand that discrimination and prejudices create and sustain privileges for some while creating and sustaining disadvantages for others . Our commitment to diversity requires that we strive to eliminate those barriers to equity and that we act deliberately to create a safe and inclusive environment where individual and group differences are values and leveraged for our growth and understanding as an educational community.”

These are critical words that we can all reflect on as we come together with awareness and openness to reduce the harm of bias, racism and discrimination that undermine the country we love and the society we share. As individuals and members of the human race, we all want structural change that will increase our understanding and healing. We each need to develop racial literacy, be an ally and increase our racial consciousness. We are privileged at Gavilan College to educate others, knowing that education changes the world. Most of all, we need to listen.

Each year since I have had the honor of serving as the college president, I have announced a theme to the Gavilan community to anchor the work we do in shared governance and to develop our distinct campus culture. Our themes for the past four years have been Renaissance, Practice, Service and Student Voices. For the 20/21 academic year, I am announcing our theme early Equity, Inclusion, and Healing .

These are some of the ways in which the college, and all of us, can show equity, inclusion and healing during this historic time:

As a summer that is different from any we have lived before gets underway, I remind everyone to be safe and remember self-care.
What's new at Gavilan College?
Mario Escudero Earns 2020 Karl S. Pister Scholarship Award

Mario Escudero dealt with death in the family, survived his kids’ teen years, worked full time and explored multiple educational programs and leadership paths on his way to receiving the UCSC Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award.

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Grace Cardinalli gets new perspective on Student Services celebrating CSUMB graduation
Grace Cardinalli, long-time Executive Assistant of Student Services at Gavilan College, graduated from California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) this spring, earning her BA in Psychology .

Now an SJSU graduate, staff member Kimberly Benjamin shares her passion for education

Kimberly Benjamin, one of three Gavilan employees attending university during Shelter in Place (SIP) 2020, has graduated from San Jose State University with her BA in Communication Studies .

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Ryan Shook models mentorship as he earns his MSW from CSUMB.

Student Life/Peer Mentor Coordinator Ryan Shook has graduated from California State University Monterey Bay with his Masters in Social Work (MSW).

Celebrating 100 years
Check out online resources and events all year in celebration of this milestone in the history of our college and communities.