Honoring Juneteenth

Dear College Community:

Juneteenth National Independence Day is the oldest known celebration of the formal abolishment of slavery in the United States. In 2021, President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law, officially making June 19 a federal holiday.

I am pleased to announce that SFCC will honor this day by adding it as a permanent paid holiday for eligible employees. Beginning this year, and thereafter, the college will close in recognition of this important event.

This year, June 19 is a Sunday. Therefore, the college will close on Monday, June 20 to observe Juneteenth. SFCC Main Campus, Kids Campus, and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed. No classes or student services will be available. Flags will be lowered to half-staff Saturday, June 18, through Monday, June 20, in commemoration.

If you are comfortable being around others in an open air environment, Earthseed Black Arts Alliance is presenting “Love and Happiness Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration,” a free concert and community gathering on the Santa Fe Plaza on Sunday evening, June 19.

As we honor this holiday, it is a reminder that as a community we must continue to actively fight against racism and engage in education and activities that promote meaningful advances in equity, justice, and community solidarity for all. I encourage you to explore Juneteenth activities, which will take place throughout the weekend of June 19. Here are some additional resources:

I wish to thank the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee for their thoughtful work on anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and for proposing that this holiday be adopted by the college.


Becky Rowley, Ph.D.


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