Greetings District 502 Community Members,
With the spring term now in full swing, we have already experienced a busy first few months of the year.
Thanks to your support, we began 2021 with an impactful tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during our virtual celebration and scholarship awards event. Hundreds of people gathered together on our COD Facebook platform to support student success and share their commitment to Dr. King’s dream.
I was equally proud to join several leaders and organizations for this year’s Glen Ellyn Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Project. Through an open dialogue, participants listened, learned and shared with one another a host of challenges and solutions to help strengthen our community. Area residents also weighed in and provided their unique perspectives and ideas to better our neighborhoods for now and many decades to come.
The College also provided virtual space for ongoing conversations regarding a plethora of vital issues in today’s society with the continuation of its Dialogue Over Distance webinars. In the kick-off session for this spring, experts examined the intersections of prevailing health matters with local leaders and healthcare providers throughout DuPage County. This timely and thought-provoking session focused on the impact of COVID-19, the increasing necessity of social services and how to best face adversity through action.
We hope you will join us for the upcoming “Housing is Health Care: Examining the Benefits of Proper Shelter” on April 29. Attendees will virtually join experienced service professionals for an engaging discussion regarding the barriers in accessing adequate shelter and better health.
Speaking of events, it is my hope that you take advantage of all that our annual STEMCON has to offer. Featured online throughout the weekend of April 23 - 25, budding scientists will have the opportunity to take part in experiments, live presentations and “Do It Yourself” projects. For young people who enjoy science, technology, engineering and math, our spectacular event is just the right match.
Looking ahead, the entire community is cordially invited to attend the breathtaking Frida Kahlo: Timeless exhibition—right here at College of DuPage. There is still time to purchase your tickets to the one of the most highly anticipated events in decades, taking place from June 5 – Sept. 6.
I hope to see you there!
Dr. Brian W. Caputo
College of DuPage