An important message from MSJC Vice
President of Student Services John Colson, Ed.D.:
Please allow me to take a moment and bring to your attention a related series
of events initially mentioned by Dr. Schultz in the thread below.
Over the course of the past two weeks, Campus Safety has reported two
additional discoveries of defaced flyers. The flyers (invitations to the “Sexuality
+ Gender Alliance” meeting and “Active Minds” event to discuss suicide
prevention) and their defacement is a cowardly act of hate focused on members
of our campus family and broader community.
I want to reiterate the message from Superintendent/ President Schultz earlier
that we will not be deterred nor will we cease to support all members of our
campus family — students, faculty, staff, and administration and all
marginalized communities. As leaders, please know that we support all means of
education and awareness and that is what these cowardly acts of hate are
attempting to suppress. We strongly stand against this.
Also, by way of support, I have
asked Director of Campus Safety — Dave Paseman — to ensure that CSO foot
patrols remain vigilant in their presence and show of support and safety for
these and other meetings and events.
I believe that education and personal responsibility leads to understanding,
healing, acceptance, and support.
Please join me in showing support to all members of our community who seek to
enhance education, understanding, healing, acceptance, and support.
As we stand together we, as a community, will stand against hate.
Below is the aforementioned message
Dr. Schultz sent on March 27:
Mt. San Jacinto College officials have recently been notified about the
vandalism of a poster announcing an LGBTQ+ event on our Menifee Valley Campus.
The extent of the vandalism is indicative of hatred. This type of behavior is
intolerable. MSJC administration, faculty and staff fully support our students
and are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all, including
members of the LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities.
Let’s be very clear: Mt. San Jacinto College will not tolerate this and we will
pursue the perpetrator(s) and prosecute the individual(s) to the full extent of
the law. MSJC has a proud culture of inclusivity and we embrace all
backgrounds. We have strong Board Policies and Administrative Procedures
designed to protect the rights of all students, employees and visitors. See
Prohibition of Harassment AP 3430 and Nondiscrimination AP 3410.
We have a strong safety presence that includes the Riverside County Sheriff’s
Department and our Campus Safety officers. We will have security at the event
today and will continue to ensure that our campuses are safe for all. This
incident serves as a call to action for unity and to ensure we are protecting
our students, our staff and all who come to MSJC. If you have information about
this incident or see or hear anything that sounds amiss, please report it
immediately to Campus Safety at 951-639-5188 or call 911 if it is an emergency.
Let’s stand strong and united together, Eagles. Join me and other
administrators, faculty, and staff at the “Beyond the Binary” event tonight
(March 27) 5:30-7:30 p.m. Room 927 on the Menifee Valley Campus.
Roger W. Schultz, Ph.D.