What we say and what we do … or won’t do
My last Dean’s Corner message spoke to the importance of kind words, especially in turbulent times. I’ve been thinking about the role of the university and the School of Arts and Humanities as we move forward in a country that is deeply divided.
I believe that part of our mission must be to embody the Core Values articulated in CSU, Bakersfield’s Strategic Plan. Included among these are “Developing the intellectual and personal potential of every student; Nurturing a civil and collegial campus environment that values the diversity of persons and ideas; Engaging one another with respect, trustworthiness, ethical behavior, and self-reflection.”
It was with these values in mind, that I read with pride an L.A. Times article from Thursday, November 17th. It included the following affirmation from California State University Chancellor, Timothy White. "Our police departments will not honor immigration hold requests," Chancellor White said. "Our university police do not contact, detain, question or arrest individuals solely on the basis of being … a person that lacks documentation."
With the status of DACA looming, this is a particularly tenuous time for some of our best and brightest members of the CSU community. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center continues to provide information and resources for immigrant families. They have included a new resource for schools as well at ilrc.org.
Yes, kind words do matter. And so do our actions. The School of Arts and Humanities supports Chancellor White’s strong commitment to all of our students.
Dr. Robert Frakes
Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities