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President's 12345 Message from Kristina Whalen

President's 12345

June 5, 2023

Happy Monday and Welcome to week 9. Moving forward, I hope to communicate to the campus through the President’s 12345. It’s a weekly message with a playful take on our unique address. Each week I’ll highlight 5 messages: initiatives and events where I hope we can partner–in thought, spirit, or location–to advance connection and community.

(1) Show your Pride.

June is LGBTQ+ History & Pride Month! Tomorrow I will be at the District Office flag pole participating in the LGBTQ+ Progressive Pride flag raising ceremony from 12-1:30 pm. The celebration starts at 11:30 am at Cesar Chavez Plaza, a Pride March will head through campus and down to the District Office for the Flag Raising Ceremony. As I placed my LGBTQ+ Safe Space sticker on my door this morning, I pledged to work with you to manifest an entire campus that feels safe, inviting, and encourages all to be their authentic selves. 

(2) Wear your Hawaiian gear.

On Wednesday, June 7th, the Foothill Collegeenf of the year celebration June 7 noon to 2 pm Foothill Library Quad End-of-the-Year Celebration from 12-2 pm in the Library Quad is not to be missed. It will be a Hawaiian themed extravaganza that celebrates the accomplishments of the year. And it gives us all a chance to recognize our retirees from Foothill and Central Services.  I’ve witnessed the energy, planning, and decorations for this joyful event. There will be music, food, refreshments, cornhole, giant connect four, bubbles, snow cones, hilarious awards, and other games. Also, of note during the celebration, is the 13-55 Poster Session. Each Strategic Vision for Equity workgroup will be showcasing their year-long efforts on vibrant posters.

(3) Recognition to our Student Leaders.

On Thursday, June 8th, l will be at the ASFC Student Leader Awards presentation from 3-5 pm in the Dining Hall. Student Leadership has been exceptional this year and I look forward to joining many of you in recognizing the amazing direction our students have provided.

(4) Challenge yourself.

The Business Innovation Challenge is this Friday from noon to 4 pm in the PSEC Quad. I’m more than a little excited to attend my first Business Innovation Challenge as a “Shark Tank” judge. This event is known throughout the community and garnered some attention from our community press.

(5) Felicidades!

Finally, I’m honored to attend Reconocimiento/Latinx Graduation Celebration on Friday night from 6-8 pm. Catalina Rodriquez eloquently stated, “Reconocimiento aims to celebrate the accomplishments, contributions, and vibrant cultural heritage of the Latinx community within our school. It will be a joyful occasion for students, faculty, and staff to come together, reflect on the past year, and acknowledge the achievements of our Latinx students.” 

Yours in service,