President Thayer’s Board Report for March 12, 2024

The following is a report to members of the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees
Presented by Cypress College President Scott W. Thayer, Ed.D.
on March 12, 2024

Last month, Cypress College ignited the stage with unparalleled energy, celebrating Black History Month. Our vibrant campus came alive with the electrifying beats of live DJing, the mesmerizing movements of interpretative dance, and the dazzling display of cultural expression in a stunning fashion show.

At the crescendo of our month-long celebration, we delved deep into cinematic excellence with a gripping film discussion of “They Cloned Tyrone.” Guided by the insightful perspectives of guest speaker Ricky Denham, our minds were ignited, our hearts stirred, and our spirits lifted as we explored themes of identity, resilience, and the power of community. It was more than just a discussion—it was a journey of enlightenment and empowerment.

The previous month, Cypress College hosted an insightful online workshop in collaboration with Rising Scholars and the Equity Mental Health Steve Fund Steering Committee. We were honored to welcome participants to engage in a powerful discussion facilitated by the Asian American Long Beach Mental Health Family Clinic. Led by a seasoned clinical psychologist and licensed clinical social worker, the session delved into the pressing mental health trends affecting the Asian American Pacific Islander Community. It was a profound opportunity to gain invaluable insights and foster meaningful dialogue around this critical issue.

Cypress College was also honored to host the Cedar Sinai blood mobile on campus. The participation of our administration, faculty, staff, and students in this event had the potential to save lives in our local community, as all donations will directly benefit individuals in need! We are pleased to report that over 100 people participated, contributing to the potential to save lives.

The campus is pleased to have participated in the launch of the newest Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Orange County and Google Professional Mentorship Program. Twenty students from Cypress College attended the program launch at Google, marking the beginning of a promising initiative. In response to high student interest, a 2:1 mentoring model is being piloted for this cohort, reflecting the enthusiasm and commitment of our students.

Furthermore, Bianca Carranco, the Director of Corporate Partnerships at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Orange County, extends a cordial invitation to the final in-person session for this cohort at Google on June 12 from 3–4:30 p.m. at the Google campus in Irvine.

Finally, last week at Cypress, excitement filled the air as our Veterans Resource Center (VRC) transformed into a battleground of ping-pong prowess! The VRC hosted a thrilling Ping-Pong Doubles Fundraising Tournament, attracting a vibrant crowd of students and staff rallying together to champion our veteran students.

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

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