Faculty, students and staff at San Diego Mesa College are hosting a post-election
“Teach-in” in front of the LRC on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Originally proposed by English professor Joe Safdie during the Academic Senate Executive
Committee meeting, the purpose of the event is to give students, faculty and staff
an opportunity to discuss the political climate in an educational and constructive
manner, according to Robert Fremland.
“We feel this teach-in will bring students of all backgrounds and political beliefs
closer together in a safe environment in order to promote better understanding,” Fremland
Fremland – Academic Senate President and chemistry professor – said that this event
is planned as a way to show how the current political climate was created, how students
can get more involved in politics and what the effects of the new administration might
“We’re an educational institution, this is definitely a teachable moment and something
that we should address not individually in every individual classroom, but as a group,”
Fremland said. “This is a historical moment no matter where you are, and there are
going to be ramifications. People are concerned, and want to know ‘what should I do,
what can I do, how do I do it and should I do anything?’”
Safdie is organizing the speakers for the Teach-inn and the Associated Students will
be participating during the Student Remarks forum at 2 p.m. Political Science professor
Carl Luna will be one of the speakers during the event.
The Teach-in is sponsored by the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement, and refreshments
will be provided by Mesa’s Classified Senate.
On a similar note of helping to ease students’ stress post-election, Student Health
Services set up a Mesa Cares banner and table for students, faculty and staff to write
about their feelings and words of encouragement on the fourth floor of the Student
For more information about the Post-Election Teach-in at Mesa College, contact Rob
Fremland via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (619) 388-2422. For more information on Mesa Cares, contact Suzanne
Khambata via email at email@example.com and via phone at (619) 388-2774.
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