Campus Response (Sept. 11, 2001)


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An Open Letter to the Campus Community and Friends---
The appalling events of September 11--actions focused on New York City's World Trade Center and the Pentagon, with lives also lost near Pittsburgh--have touched every one of us, throughout the United States. I offer my deepest personal condolences to all those in the Cal State L.A. community who have suffered the loss of a loved one or a friend in this national tragedy, and salute the many people--especially members of the fire department and law enforcement agencies--whose courageous efforts in search and recovery have cost many of them their lives.

Under these grievous conditions, healing will require greater patience and support than ever before among neighbors, acquaintances, and even among friends. As we emerge from our national and personal grief, I am heartened by the long history of this University in bringing people of different backgrounds, ideas and interests together. Cal State L.A. exemplifies how our society is defined and strengthened by this diversity. Let us continue to be a model of how people can live and work together to create a future founded on the principles of tolerance and understanding.

James M. Rosser
President

CAMPUS EVENTS:

ANTHRAX AND CIVIL LIBERTIES: The National Repercussions of 9/11.
Mon., Nov. 19, 4 p.m., Los Angeles Room, University-Student Union.
Scott R. Carter: "Science and the Anthrax Scare."
Mayron Paynes: "Immigration Rights After 9/11."
Chris Endy, Moderator.
This panel will address two urgent national concerns: bioterrorism and public health, and the anti-terrorism bill and its impact on immigration. Scott Carter is a licensing associate in the Office of Technology at the California Institute of Technology, where he manages Caltech's Life Science patent portfolio. Mayron Paynes is the Workers Rights Project Coordinator for the Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. Chris Endy is an Assistant Professor of History at Cal State L.A., specializing in U.S. and International Relations. Sponsored by the History Department, California Council for the Humanities, Cross Cultural Centers, and the 9/11 Response Committee of Cal State L.A. For more information or assistance in accommodating a disability, call the Cross Cultural Centers Office at (323) 343-5001.

American Red Cross Blood Drive Mobile Unit.
Wed., Nov. 7 & Thu., Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Parking Lot D.
To sign up for the blood drive, call the Student Health Center at (323) 343-3340.

Response to the September 11 Crisis: Perceptions & Reactions.
Thu., Oct. 11, 2001, 3:15-5:30 p.m., Alumni Lounge, U-SU.
Artists, scholars, and community activists will explore a variety of reactions and responses to the events of September 11. The discussion will explore the media’s portrayal of what has occurred, as well as how people can channel their creative energy in response to the current crisis. Panelists will include Professor John Ramirez from Communication Studies, a representative of the Islamic Center, and Amitis Motevalli, artist and activist. Presented by the Art Council, Cross Cultural Centers, and University-Student Union. For more information or assistance in accommodating a disability, call the Cross Cultural Centers Office at (323) 343-5001.

Reflections and Dialogue on Sept. 11 and the Current Crisis.
Tue., Sept. 25, 3-4:30 p.m., Alumni Lounge, 2nd floor, U-SU.
Join a dialogue on the current crisis following the tragic events that took place on Tuesday, September 11. Mary Diaz, counselor, Student Health Center; Chris Endy, History Department, specializing in U.S. and international relations; and Afshin Matin-asgari, History Department, specializing in Middle Eastern history and religious studies, will lead a discussion and conversation exploring the events and the reactions to them. Call (323) 343-5001.

Campus Gathering: Memorial Service.
Fri., Sept. 14, 12 noon, Program Area, 2nd floor, U-SU.
All are invited to a Noon Gathering to be with each other and share feelings regarding the recent events on the East Coast. President Bush has declared September 14 a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the victims of the terrorist attacks. Call (323) 343-2571.

A Day of Mourning.
Wed., Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Luckman Street of the Arts amphitheatre.
The campus community is welcome to stop by for a few moments of reflection at the ongoing silent vigil between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. as we mourn yesterday's national tragedy. Our hearts go out to the many families who have been affected by this disaster. Call (323) 343-3030.


SUPPORT SERVICES:

  • Campus Ministries: (323) 343-2571
  • Student Health Center: (323) 343-3302


    OTHER LINKS:
    American Liberty Partnership
    Yahoo! Relief Information
    Guide to the Experts at Cal State L.A.


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