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President's 12345 Message from Kristina Whalen

RSLS–Apply Today

March 6, 2024

(1) RSLS–Apply Today.

The time has come to apply for the 7th annual Research and Service Leadership Symposium! See the attached flyer. The application deadline for the RSLS is this Sunday, March 10th. In preparation, the RSLS team will offer an Application Workshop on Friday, March 8th, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Library (Room 3533) and on Zoom.
Please encourage your past and current students to attend the workshop for assistance with their applications. They can also access many application resources on the RSLS website to help them through the process.
A quick reminder: projects do not need to be completed to apply. Students will submit a proposal for their project, which they can continue to refine during the spring quarter leading to the Symposium on May 16th. Reach out to the coordinators—Allison Herman, Laura Gamez, and Lisa Schultheis—with any questions or requests:!

(2) Special Board meeting.

I want to thank the many staff, students, faculty, and administrators that attended the special board meeting on March 4th to hear how the electrification study will impact Measure G fund allocations. Several decision makers expressed to me their gratitude upon hearing the acute facility needs at Foothill College and the way those spaces serve students. Student athletes showed up and pleaded for a commitment to a pool on the Foothill campus so that classes, competitive water polo, and the numerous other educational and community building activities could resume. Your respectful voices were heard and appreciated.

(3) Ethnic Studies Summit.

Today, after a meet and greet with the ACCJC accreditation peer review team that will evaluate our Institutional Self Evaluation Study later this month, I plan to make my way to room 5015 for the Ethnic Studies Summit. I hope I do not miss too much of the keynote address from the irrepressible Xiuhtezcatl . Xiuhtezcatl is a golden example of how youth voices can pierce through the noise of some of our most vexing human and political issues and speak with clarity.

(4) Dual Enrollment Summit.

I will round out the week at the Dual Enrollment Summitt this Friday in the dining Hall. Our K-12 leaders around the area will join California Community College State Chancellor Sonya Christian and community college partners for a look at how we are serving students currently and to imagine an even more robust future in the dual enrollment space, one that holds equity at the center of potential growth. If you have an interest in joining the conversation, it is not too late to register.

(5) Women’s History Month–Inspiration from bold leadership.

As we kick off Women’s History Month, I find myself inspired by the leadership of Kamala Harris who is perhaps the highest-ranking public official to demand a temporary ceasefire in Gaza in exchange for the release of Hamas held hostages. So many on our own campus, primarily self-identified women and mothers, have been doing the same–but with an even bolder voice–calling for a more enduring peace that ends and reverses the inhumane conditions and pernicious loss of innocent life in Palestine, including an unfathomable number of children. I end this 12345 with a salute to the women and their trans sisters (here and everywhere) that lead with compassion, reason, and moral fortitude and understand that “our common humanity compels us to act.”

Yours in service,