September 11, 2021
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in our country. At that time, I was teaching at an all-boys high school in Los Angeles, just having left teaching at a high school on the lower east side of Manhattan one year prior. Most of my day was spent supporting students and fellow teachers with the impact of the attacks, as we held one another in community. I imagine that many of you can recall what you were doing, as we often do during moments of great impact and trauma.
I ask that you take a moment to remember those who died on this day, their families, and their loved ones. Our country experienced tragic loss, not only of those who were victims to the attacks, but also the first responders who displayed courage and compassion in their life saving work. Thousands of lives were lost and our entire country has been forever impacted by the events and aftermath of the attacks. This day reminds me that while we may have different views on the role of the military, I hope our community can appreciate those who serve or have served for our country.
Thank you for the ways in which you help Berkeley City College to be an inclusive space that values and respects our diverse communities.
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