California Community Colleges, Including Diablo Valley College, Reaffirm Values of Inclusiveness and Diversity Following Presidential Election – DVC Offers Safe-Space on Monday

November 12, 2016 16:45 pm · 126 comments


The Contra Costa Community College District released the following statement this week from the California Community Colleges District in regards to President-Elect Donald Trump’s victory:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As student government leaders from around the state gather in Sacramento for their general assembly, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office on Thursday reminded students, including undocumented students, that financial aid remains available for them to pursue their educational goals.

“While the presidential election has been divisive and has sparked anxiety and uncertainty on our campuses, we will always embrace the values of inclusion and diversity and support all students who want to build better lives for themselves and their communities,” said Interim Chancellor Erik E. Skinner.

“No student should forgo the opportunity to apply for financial assistance at our colleges.” In California, in-state enrollment fees and state financial aid — including fee waivers, Cal Grant and privately funded institutional scholarships — are available to certain undocumented students, or Dreamers.

These benefits are protected by California law, and more information can be found by clicking on the “Dream Act” link at

Skinner also noted that community college financial aid and student services professionals are available to support undocumented students, and several colleges have on-campus Dream Centers. “We look forward to joining the leaders of the Student Senate for the California Community Colleges this weekend to reaffirm our commitment that our colleges are welcoming and supportive for students of all backgrounds,” said Skinner, who added that the community college system will continue to work closely with the University of California and California State University systems on supporting all students.


In response, Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill sent the following memo to students offering a safe-space to talk on Monday, Nov.14.

In a recent email, Chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District forwarded a communication to all employees reaffirming our deep commitment “to our mission of inclusion and support for the great diversity of our student population.”

We at DVC also acknowledge the emotions of fear and anxiety many of our colleagues and students are experiencing as a result of recent events.

In response, the DVC community is invited to gather in the Commons on Monday Nov.14 from 12:30 – 3 p.m.

Holding space to share our reactions, feelings, and emotions is critical. The gathering is an action that reaffirms DVC’s commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion. It also allows space, where as a community, we are able to stand together, and engage in difficult conversations with respect and civility.

101 Kirkwood November 13, 2016 at 1:43 PM

I realize this thread is about JC but the focus here has softened somewhat.

Sure glad I came from a time when high school was about football games, parties and who had the fastest car.The music was about teenage love and having a good time, and the most public show of affection was holding hands. I don’t think we even knew who the President was.

These youngsters should ignore the political squabbling of their elders.

102 Dennis November 13, 2016 at 1:48 PM

@2 points
You haven’t had any courses in business have you?
Let’s pretend you own an apple orchard, and each year you hire 10 people for a week (10×40=400 hours) to harvest you crop. You buddies tell you if you hire illegals you can save $2.50/hr … and 400 x $2.50 = $1000.
So you hire illegals and they tell their families to come share the wealth at the next harvest.
1000 show up but you hire 10.
the following year 10000 show up. You hire 10.
the Dems pretend that there all sorts of jobs available to illegals because US industry is greedy.
so why the hell didn’t you hire 100 the 2nd year and 1000 the 3rd?
More to the point, what happens to the 900 who find the illegals job market is saturated?
The answer is they stand on street corners and in the parking lots of Home Depot OSH and beg for work.
after a week their options are reduced to being a new recruit in a gang and committing crimes for them.
but you want to punish the businesses for it?

103 chuckie the troll November 13, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Will they expect people in this ‘safe space’ to actually learn anything? Will they be allowed to abandon reason, logic, and empirical data? Maybe they should try some medical marijuana. Oh, wait, it’s legal now so no card needed.

A REAL ‘safe space’ would be one where the education actually prepares a student for the job market or entrance into a University.

104 2 Points November 13, 2016 at 2:13 PM

You would rather buy foreign products than locally sourced products? When fruits and veggies are in season I buy local to help the local economy so I definitely pay attention to where my food comes from. I don’t exactly know where you are shopping Also I’ve come to realize “Hispanics” don’t like being called “Hispanics”: Maybe we should just call each other by our names instead of by our nationality, race, immigration status, etc. That sounds like a radical idea though right?

105 Tarkus November 13, 2016 at 2:34 PM

and the racists come crawling out into the light.

106 Achiles November 13, 2016 at 4:01 PM

Have you people taken a look at DVC students lately…yea the USA is messed up…

107 Great Gonzo November 13, 2016 at 4:51 PM

For both that racist policy AND statement that dump has to be CLOSED!

108 rofl November 13, 2016 at 4:54 PM

Racists the only people truly afraid of there own shadow. LOL!

109 Ruser November 13, 2016 at 4:59 PM

Trump won, fair and square. Clinton is absolutely criminal, unwell, and a war monger. I’ve researched her background thoroughly, and I was terrified she would win. I shared all I knew (about her criminal backgound) with my friends and family, still they put me in a corner with a tinfoil hat. I cannot understand why they still want her in? Yeah Trump isn’t perfect – but wow he blew the lid off some terrible corruption. So he won. Now kids want to riot? During school hours? On our dime? I need counseling. What about us who are peaceful patriots? This election has torn my family apart, and I am the one being attacked. Very scary times. Orwellian really.

110 @2 Points November 13, 2016 at 5:05 PM

You missed the point! You were complaining that deporting illegals will be bad for the economy and agriculture due to illegals getting paid low wages for working the fields. I was pointing out to you that as much as people, like yourself, want to say that illegals come here to work the fields that case is not true since fruits and vegs get imported. Shopping at Farmer’s Market is not possible for many people due to having a J-O-B, have you check farmer’s market hours in Concord?. People are busy! So, shopping at the grocery store is a necessity. Check Safeway, Nob Hill, Lucky, etc and you will see ALL of them import their fruits, vegs and other products, it is not a matter of choosing it since there is no escaping it. So, your argument about us paying high prices for (strawberries) fruits and vegs if illegals get deported is wrong. As I say, there are places where you can get a bucket full (white paint buckets) of strawberries for $5. There are also places where you can get your own eggs, peaches, etc, here in the area and it is inexpensive.

111 Dutch November 13, 2016 at 8:10 PM

I can’t believe DVC is actually going to have a “safe room” for these babies. These colleges that do this are not doing these kids any favors. In fact they are making it more difficult for these kids to grow up and enter the real world around them. The idea of “safe rooms” is stupid, it’s moronic. Those that support it must be academic theorists who have never ventured off campus to live and participate in the world outside. How long is this madness going to continue?

112 anon1 November 13, 2016 at 9:58 PM

It’s such a shame that all of us can’t just get along
and that now people feel like it’s OK to unleash their hate for others
even when a lot of these people are just children.
It’s just sad! Don’t forget that at the end of the day we all migrated here! whether legally or illegally doesn’t matter this wasn’t our homeland! Quit judging a book by it’s cover!
Stop the hate!

113 Buying future Dem votes November 13, 2016 at 10:31 PM

So if you are a legal immigrant paying out of state tuition you will be paying $40,180/yr to attend UC. If you are an illegal immigrant you can qualify for the Dream Act loan, which is funded by the general fund. This general fund is funded by the extortion of income tax, properly tax, sales tax, inheritance tax, etc tax, etc tax from Californians. Per this liberal utopian Dream, illegal immigrants only need pay in-state tuition, which is nearly 1/4 the cost of out of state tuition.
I feel so warm and fuzzy that I’m contributing to the education of an illegal alien who may be competing for a job with my kids. The same illegal alien who participates in our political protests, flying the Mexican flag and burning the American flag.
I’m starting to think I need a safe space. A place void of corrupt democrats who spend our hard earned money on securing the future votes of illegal occupiers, rather than rebuilding our infrastructure, while claiming we don’t have the funds.

114 harumpf November 13, 2016 at 11:18 PM

Yes please apply for financial aid… so you will be paying it off the rest of your life or freeloading on our tax dollars

115 America November 14, 2016 at 1:09 AM

Give me a f*****g break… Really!!! Grow up, put your big boy or big girl pants on and act like an adult. Throwing a tantrum is what 2 year olds do when they don’t get what they want. So disgusted with all of this! SMH

116 Anonyomous November 14, 2016 at 11:19 AM

I don’t get it, I can’t just go show up at an employer, start working and expect to get paid. I bet you if I walked into a classroom, started teaching I would wA) be asked to leave and B) if I didn’t leave they would have me arrested for trespassing. We have people here illegally that expect to receive same benefits and priveleges that people here legally receive.

For the record there are many people here illegally that I would like to keep here and many here legally ( including people born here )that I would like to deport.

117 FlyingSpaghettiMonster November 14, 2016 at 11:40 AM


The cost of a head of lettuce is cheaper in Paris and Berlin than in San Francisco, and they don’t depend on illegal labor from Mexico. That information is easily obtained on the internet using international government data that has nothing to do with labor issues here so it is completely unbiased. University studies also show the first generation of an illegal family costs the US much more in social, medical, educational and potential legal costs and other expenses than we get in return for cheap labor.

118 Amazing November 14, 2016 at 12:41 PM

An liberals are still baffled as to how Trump got so many votes.

119 Good for Them November 14, 2016 at 1:24 PM

Glad that these kids have a place to go to vent their concerns over the fraud of an election. Many of the people here of course do not even understand the amount of racism that exists out there in America. Why is that? Because most of you posters are white.

These kids are going to be targeted because of their ethnic or religious background. Not to mention the racial slurs that are leveled against minorities in the aftermath of Trump’s so called win. These kids need a place where they can talk openly about their emotions and concerns as opposed to retaliating or resorting to violence. It is good that DVC is aware of the issues surrounding Trump and is giving people the opportunity to speak up.

Wake up, people. Racism exists and dismissing its existence is just another form of ignorance perpetuated by whites living in Walnut Creek.
You only have to walk down the street to notice the dirty looks brown people get when some old white crusty woman passes by.

Only a person of color would understand this.

120 ClayDen November 14, 2016 at 8:10 PM

@Good for Them

You are uniformed. Many LEGAL immigrants (who happened to be “white”) were looked down upon and discriminated against. There were the Italians and Irish for example who immigrated here legally and were treated as second class citizens and discriminated against. Then there were the families who came west from Oklahoma after losing their farms and ranches from the dust bowl who were mostly white and looked down upon as the “dumb Okies.”

121 Wowza November 14, 2016 at 9:21 PM

Seems to me as if they are just reinforcing
the students inability to cope with the situation
as it exists.

122 cornfed November 14, 2016 at 11:38 PM

@126…These kids are not going to be targeted because of their race or religious background. They’re going to be targeted because they’re making themselves targets by being crybaby twits, just like some of the adults, including you. If the kids need a place to vent their concerns or emotions how about doing it at home and reserve the school for learning. But I realize that school isn’t for learning anymore, it’s for indoctrination of anti-American, anti-white, anti-success, anti-Christian, socialist, hard left garbage perpetuated in part by race baiters like you.

Only an adult would understand this.

123 cornfed November 14, 2016 at 11:44 PM

@28 Elisa…Seriously? PTSD for an election?

124 . November 15, 2016 at 6:43 AM

Well, we won’t have to worry about these children ever being hired when they leave college. They won’t have any skills except for throwing tantrums, so they’re gonna continue voting democrat for all that free stuff.

Not that they’ll learn anything in college when they major in feminist basket-weaving or the sexuality of giraffes.

125 Anonymous November 15, 2016 at 7:10 AM

@126 – so tell me….what is a “person of color?”

Everyone claims that Obama is black/person of color, but in reality is half-black. So where do YOU draw the line ???? 45%? 40%? 30%? 17%? 10%? And that’s based on what?

I’m 35% black, based on DNA, ancestors’ photographs and my proven genealogy research. Yet by your posting (since I “look white”), I am white – and therefore not a person of color – and therefore I discriminate against “people of color.”

If you’re basing your label on skin color, then you’re nothing more than a flat-out racist – masquerading as a whiny liberal toting your discrimination sign around.

Get off your damn high horse and see the realities of life. I have found personally over the last 60 years that those who accuse others of racism are the biggest racists and bigots anywhere.

126 TIFOKCIS November 15, 2016 at 7:50 AM


Wake up, people. Racism exists and dismissing its existence is just another form of ignorance perpetuated by whites living in Walnut Creek.

Racist, ignorance and white all in one angry sentence.



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