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Author Alice Walker to speak at free public event celebrating new district chancellor

April 28, 2022 | San Diego Community College District

Acclaimed activist and author of “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker, will be a featured speaker during a May 31 investiture celebration for San Diego Community College District chancellor Carlos O. Cortez. The free, public event, “A home run for social justice and inclusion,” will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Petco Park. 

A portrait photo Alice Walker wearing a bright pink scarf and holding an orange rose
Alice Walker will be the keynote speaker at the May 31 investiture celebration for SDCCD Chancellor Carlos O. Cortez.

The event is being hosted by the SDCCD Board of Trustees, who selected Cortez last spring after a national search. In July 2021, Cortez became the SDCCD’s first new chancellor in 17 years. The investiture will include speeches, performances, and multimedia presentations highlighting the district’s commitment to student success, academic excellence, social justice, equity, inclusion and access.

The keynote speaker, Alice Walker, is an internationally celebrated writer, poet and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. She won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 1983 and the National Book Award.

Attendees are encouraged to show off their San Diego spirit and come dressed representing any of the district’s four colleges or favorite local sports team. The first 200 to enter the ballpark will receive a free San Diego Padres/SDCCD commemorative cap. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. 

The event is being underwritten entirely by sponsors, including presenting sponsors Roger Frey and the San Diego Padres. While free, tickets are required for entry.

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