Dear Campus Community,
There is no doubt that we are living in unprecedented times, as we continue to struggle with the Covid-19 virus and its variants. However, we must remember that the world is smaller than we realize and that we are citizens of a global community—that what happens around the world impacts us all and cannot and should not be ignored.
Last Wednesday, August 11, the Ohlone Community College District Board of Trustees passed a resolution celebrating Afghan American Heritage. The resolution highlights and celebrates the contributions and cultural strength of the Afghan American community that resides right here in our district —the largest in the United States. So, it is with heartfelt concern that we unite in thoughts and prayers as we watch the political turmoil and unsettling situation unfolding in Afghanistan. Understandably, these matters are complex and carry a wide range of emotions for those connected as many of those suffering in Afghanistan surely are linked to those here in our community.
And we cannot ignore the devastation caused by the 7.2 earthquake in Haiti, which has, to date, killed more than 1,300 people all while sitting in the path of Tropical Storm Grace.
I am writing to ask that we remember to keep those impacted by these global situations, locally and abroad, in our minds and hearts, and to be conscious of how small our world really is. We must continue to be gracious in community and humbled by our surroundings.
Eric B. Bishop, Ed.D.
Ohlone Community College District