From President Kahn & Vice President Dixon: Monterey Park, CA mass shooting during Lunar New Year Celebrations

On behalf of Shoreline Community College, we wanted to reach out to the campus community to express our concern for students, faculty, staff, and family members who may be impacted by the recent event that unfolded in Monterey Park, CA at a Lunar New Year event.

We are devastated by another senseless act of violence in the form of a mass shooting. The Monterey Park mass shooting during Lunar New Year celebrations is incomprehensible. This is a time for the AAPI community to come together to illuminate hope, optimism, and community, and to have it overshadowed by hate and violence is particularly heartbreaking. 

As a College, we stand with our AAPI community to reject such acts of hate and violence. Our hopes for all members of the AAPI community are safety, prosperity, and love. None of these hopes for our community were actualized during this horrific event. As a college community, we must not only stand with all members of the AAPI community but take action against the consistent assaults on all BIPOC communities.  What will you do to support your colleagues and students during this unspeakable time? How will you show up for members of the AAPI community on and off campus? This call to action is about how we show up for one another during times of tragedy and all other times we have the opportunity to disrupt. 

We recognize the trauma incidents such as these can have on our college community and want to remind all employees of the resources available to support you through this unfathomable time. Please do not hesitate to seek out services and should you see someone in need, please extend support. To all members of the Shoreline AAPI community, we see you, we care for you, and we do not want you to suffer alone. 

We believe that one day the cycles of violence playing out across the nation targeting BIPOC communities will cease. Until then, we will continue to focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a mechanism to achieve social justice for all. We are responsible for our community, let’s choose to lead with love. 

Please know that we have resources available to both students and employees to counsel you through any potential emotional distress from this event.


Employees may access services and support at any time through the Employee Assistance Program at 877-313-4455. 

  • To submit a report in support of a student, please contact Shoreline’s CARE team.
  • International students who need support are encouraged to reach out to the International Education department.

Students may access the following services: 

  • If you are experiencing distress related to this, please reach out to the Counseling Center for support.
  • In addition, for emergency counseling, referral, or assistance 24-hours/day and 7-days/week, please call:

Jack Kahn & Melanie Dixon

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