Published January 11, 2021

To the Shasta College Community:

First, I want to wish you all a happy new year. I look forward to the start of the semester next week and Welcome Back day on Friday. 

Like many of you, I am deeply troubled by what happened in Washington D.C. earlier this month. The peaceful transitions of power throughout our history are a beacon of hope to many throughout the world. I strongly believe in our constitutional rights as spelled out in our founding documents. The first 10 amendments in the bill of rights guarantee our society protections regarding such things as freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press and more.  As a community college and as employees of Shasta College, we have a unique role in helping educate the citizens of our district in these matters, and in advocating for thoughtful exchange of ideas through such methods as intelligent argumentation, civil interchange concerning divergent points of view and peaceful protesting. As a nation, we are made up of fallible people and imperfect systems and institutions. We need to each do our part in our spheres of influence to work to improve our country, correct injustice where we find it, and help our nation live up to the ideals we cherish. 

Let us all renew our commitment to civil discourse and modeling the behavior we wish to see in others to our students and each other.  

Joe Wyse
Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community  College District
11555 Old Oregon Trail
Redding, CA 96049-6006