Leaders of the thriving Chaldean community in San Diego’s East County will be on hand for a special Chaldean Culture & Traditions celebration at Cuyamaca College on Monday, Aug. 28.
The event sponsored by the Cuyamaca College Student Affairs Office and the Associated Students of Cuyamaca College is set to start at 2 p.m. on the Grand Lawn. Highlights include an abundance of Chaldean food, music and dance. Among the scheduled speakers is Mar Bawi Soro, Vicar General for the Chaldean Catholic Cathedral, the seat for the Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle, in El Cajon.
“Cuyamaca is a community college, and we take the word ‘community’ to heart,” said Lauren Vaknin, Associate Dean of Student Affairs. “But beyond that, celebrating all our students and all our cultures provides us with an opportunity to learn invaluable lessons about the world around us.”
An estimated 50,000 Iraqi Chaldeans live in El Cajon and its surrounding areas.
The celebration underscores Cuyamaca College’s commitment to creating an inclusive community dedicated to equity and equality. Cuyamaca – whose mission is to serve a diverse community of students who seek to benefit from the college’s wide range of educational programs – also hosts an annual powwow to promote Native American heritage, a Latino Heritage Month celebration, a workshop on Filipino culture and traditions, and a Veterans Week Barbecue honoring all those who have served in the armed forces.
Approximately 9,000 students attend the college each semester. Cuyamaca College is located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego.