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Chancellor’s Message Regarding So Cal Shooting

May 18, 2022

State Center Community College District is saddened to learn of a shooting at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Southern California which killed Dr. John Cheng and wounded five others.  We send our condolences to the family and friends of those killed and wounded.

The mass shooting targeted individuals of Taiwanese descent, and authorities say there is very strong evidence that this was motivated by hate.

At State Center Community College District, we will continue to provide a safe, inclusive environment for everyone.  As an academic community, we have both the ability and the moral responsibility to combat hate. And to that end, we are resolute in our commitment. We are resolved to fight racism and inequality while providing education that is needed to develop caring human beings.

To our Asian American students, faculty, staff and community members, you are on our minds and in our prayers.  I grieve this tragedy with you. To all our students, faculty and staff, who are feeling the weight of these tragedies, know that your SCCCD family is here to support you.  If you’re a student, we have people you can talk to about these difficult times. You can reach someone on our campuses.  SCCCD employees have access to confidential resources through the Employee Assistance Program, free of charge.

Thank you for all you do to make our colleges a kinder and more inclusive environment.  This is a time that we must pull together, forgive and love each other, and not let fear give rise to the hatred that continues to keep us apart. Together we stand to educate our students and work to support one another.  State Center will stand united against hate, racism, and violence.  


Dr. Carole Goldsmith