The strengths of Rio Hondo College’s campus community were demonstrated during September, as we stood together to remember the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, expressed our unwavering support for students in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, supported students who come from foster homes and gathered with our K-12 colleagues.
It’s quite amazing how the students, faculty, staff and administrators of Rio Hondo College come together – even in such a brief time after the fall semester begins – to form this community. Our campus becomes a place of trust, honor and support, not only for the higher-education mission we all share, but for the goals we set to make our world a more just and compassionate place to live.
Throughout my tenure at Rio Hondo College, that belief and its tangible expression through events and gatherings such as these have been an ever-present element of our campus, a reminder that we are all in this together.
I like to think that when our students depart Rio Hondo College for advanced academics or fulfilling careers, that they bring these non-classroom lessons with them to share with their new communities.
I’m always heartened when I meet Rio Hondo College grads and they share stories of their time here and the lasting impact of those days on their lives.
It’s a humbling and emotionally fulfilling experience.