A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

Unity Through Community: SRJC clubs share support and solidarity

Michael Combs
The Santa Rosa Youth Pomo Dancers dancers opened Saturday’s Unity Through Community ceremony.

A diverse coalition of Santa Rosa Junior College student groups gathered Saturday on the Santa Rosa campus front lawn at Unity Through Community, an event designed to unite students of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. 

SRJC Student Government Assembly President Delashay Carmona-Benson planned and emceed the event, and called for, “Advocacy, diversity, equity and inclusion in this community.” Carmona-Benson spoke for the community when she said they’re tired of talking, they’re ready for changes. 

Attendees included the American Sign Language Club, Queer Resource Center, Asian Pacific Islander Staff Association, Latinx Faculty and Staff Association, Inter-Club Council, Black Student Union and others.

The Santa Rosa Youth Pomo Dancers entertained the crowd with traditional dances and offered a dance in prayer. Local artists and musicians performed, including the Charles Thomas band. 

Sonoma County health workers issued out COVID-19 vaccinations to those in need. Carmona-Benson invited attendees to get a vaccine as health workers offered individually to those in the crowd. 

SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong said, “I’m here to support everybody, this unity in the community. This is a historical time that requires that we all come together and support one another. There’s too much hate and too much division and we want to be the model to show that working together, we can make more changes.” 

About 100 members from the community attended the event, a smaller turnout than Carmona-Benson expected. But the group who attended showed solidarity throughout the whole program. The event started at 2 p.m. and continued for three hours. 

Georgia Pellkofer, president of Girls Who Code Club said, “Most of the campus clubs showed up, obviously in support of BSU and we love Delashay and everyone.

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Emma Molloy
Emma Molloy, Assistant Editor
Emma Molloy is a second semester staff writer for The Oak Leaf and a communication and media studies major who is transferring to Sonoma State University in Fall 2021 with an AA in Communication Studies to specialize in journalism. She is interested in social issues, A&E and politics. She loves writing, going to music events and creating. She writes music, plays instruments, and lives in Penngrove with her family and her two huskies.
Michael Combs
Michael Combs, Editor
Michael Combs (he/him) is in his fifth semester writing for The Oak Leaf, and his second as co-Editor-In-Chief. He began taking natural resources management classes at Santa Rosa Junior College to pursue his love of nature and the environment but has shifted toward journalism so he can share those passions with the world. Besides the environment, Michael also likes to write about politics, social justice and mental health. He has a bachelor’s of science in neuroscience and mammalian physiology from the University of California, San Diego, and hopes to get back to his roots with more science journalism as well. In his off time Michael likes to read, write and hike as often as possible in beautiful Sonoma County and beyond.

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