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As we usher in the month of April, it brings with it a tapestry of important observances and celebrations that resonate deeply with our values and aspirations as a community dedicated to empowerment, unity, and success. This month, we honor a multitude of causes and initiatives that highlight the resilience, creativity, and potential within our community.

First and foremost, I am delighted for our upcoming Black Student Success Week, a time for us to celebrate the achievements and contributions of our African American and Black students. This week serves as a reminder of our collective commitment to fostering an environment where every student can thrive and succeed.

April also marks Stress Awareness Month, Autism Awareness Month, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. These observances remind us to prioritize mental health, promote understanding and acceptance, and advocate for survivors' rights. Let us come together to support one another and break down the barriers that prevent individuals from accessing the care and resources they need. Be sure to connect with the Student Health Center and the Title IX Office for resources.

Moreover, April is Internship Awareness Month, an opportunity for our students to explore professional opportunities and gain valuable experience that will propel them towards their future endeavors. Let us encourage and empower our students to pursue their passions and ambitions fearlessly. Join us on April 11th for a Career Fair curated by Career Education.

In addition, we celebrate Poetry Month, a time to revel in the power of words and creativity. Through poetry, we find solace, inspiration, and a platform for self-expression. Let us embrace the beauty and significance of this art form as we elevate diverse voices within our community. Connect with the Creative Writing Club for opportunities “to cultivate, develop and hone your skills” in community with others.

As we acknowledge these important observances, let us also recognize the dedicated professionals who support our students each day. On School Librarians Day (April 4th) and Administrative Professionals Day (April 24th), we express our gratitude to those who play an invaluable role in shaping the educational experience and fostering an environment of learning and growth.

Furthermore, April presents us with opportunities to reflect on our impact on the world around us. Earth Day (April 22nd) reminds us of our responsibility to protect and preserve our planet for future generations. Let us commit to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship in all that we do.

Lastly, as we celebrate Student Athlete Day (April 6th), let us honor the dedication, discipline, and resilience of our student athletes who excel both on and off the field. Their commitment to excellence serves as a testament to the limitless potential within our community.

In closing, I would like to leave you with words of wisdom from renowned scholars and leaders:

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - Nelson Mandela

"Empowerment begins with you. Only you can liberate your mind." - MK Asante

Let us embody these principles as we embark on a month filled with purpose, unity, and success.

Grateful to be in community with you,

Heather M. Jones, M.Ed.
Mt. San Jacinto College | African-American & Black Student Success Initiatives Black Collective | Umoja | Ujima | Sankofa | BHM | BSSW| Juneteenth

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