One of my goals for this course is to empower you with tools and resources to overcome barriers and roadblocks you may have faced or will face along your educational and career journey. I encourage your contribution to our campus community in seeking effective change, social justice, and anti-racism thinking and behavior. Cuyamaca College is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. You have also read my “no hate” policy in the syllabus

In addition to overcoming many symptoms (i.e. anxiety, fear, illness) and barriers in the pandemic, we continue to struggle with the concept of appreciating diversity. Discrimination and prejudice still exist in many forms. For example, you may have felt discrimination because of your ethnic group, religion, height, weight, gender, disability, or even academic skills. I want to define two terms