August 12, 2020, Santa Rosa - As we prepare for students to return next week, I’d like to take a moment to welcome you back and to thank you for the resilience and dedication you’ve shown our students during this worldwide pandemic. Our entire college community has worked tirelessly to help students continue their educational journeys and I will be forever grateful for everything you’ve done and continue to do in the face of these unprecedented challenges.
July 14, 2020, Santa Rosa - I’m thrilled to share that, as a result of the lawsuit initiated by Harvard and MIT and joined by SRJC and other institutions, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agreed to rescind the July 6 directive that required international students to take in-person classes in order to maintain their F-1 visa status during the coronavirus crisis. As of today, the July 6 directive is not enforceable on a nationwide basis. International students are once again eligible for F-1 visas by continuing remote instruction.
July 13, 2020, Santa Rosa - On July 6, the U.S. government announced the end of the provision that allowed international students to maintain their F-1 visa status during the coronavirus crisis by taking a fully online course load. As an institution dedicated to student success, SRJC believes this decision arbitrarily disadvantages hundreds of thousands of international students around the United States and devalues diversity in education when it is more critical than ever. I want you to know that SRJC is working tirelessly on behalf of these students and is dedicated to doing everything in our power to fight this decision.
June 15, 2020, Santa Rosa, CA – The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement officially began in 2013 in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, a man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African American teenager. In 2014, BLM evolved to a national protest against police brutality after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests and riots continued for months, yet nothing changed.