Thousand Oaks Tragedy and SMC Resources: A Message from SMC President Kathryn E. Jeffery

The following message was sent by SMC President Kathryn E. Jeffery to college students and employees on November 8, 2018:

Dear SMC Colleagues and Students:

You may have already heard, and I report with great sadness that a tragic incident occurred here in Southern California last night, November 7. Around 11:12 p.m. there was a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks where many college students from Pepperdine, Cal Lutheran, Moorpark College, and CSU Channel Islands were in attendance. We do not know at this time if any Santa Monica College students were there. 12 people were shot including a Ventura County Sheriff's deputy who was responding to the 911 calls about the incident; 21 individuals have been hospitalized for their injuries.

To help our community members manage any anxiety they might feel related to this terrible tragedy, please know that there are resources here at SMC: Students who need assistance may contact the SMC Center for Wellness and Wellbeing and college employees may contact EASE (the District’s employee assistance program). Employees in need of support may contact EASE at (800) 882-1341.

If you find that a student is struggling, please refer them to the Center for Wellness and Wellbeing (CWW), located in Liberal Arts room 110. Also, today the CWW will staff tables located on the main quad. The Center may be reached at (310) 434-4503 or at their 24/7 emotional support line at (800) 691-6003. This hotline—an extension of SMC’s Center—is staffed with therapists who can respond with care and professionalism.

Our hearts go out to the victims and their families and everyone affected by this senseless act of violence. Please do not hesitate to make use of the resources identified in this notification.

Together we make SMC and the world a better place.

Kathryn E. Jeffery, Ph.D.

SMC Superintendent/President