Khizr Khan gives keynote speech at annual conference


Josh LaBellaNews Editor

The value of kindness from instructors to students is something that Khizr Khan places an abundance of value in, according to his keynote speech Friday, April 13.

Khan is a lawyer known for his speech to the Democratic National Convention in 2016 criticizing then candidate Donald Trump. He shared his own stories and accounts then as he did on Friday to make his point.

The keynote was part of the fourth annual Conference on Student Success and Shared Governance hosted by Southern with faculty from the other CSCU institutions. Khan stressed the effect that instructors can have on their students.

Khizr Khan speaking at the the fourth annual Conference on Student Success and Shared Governance.

“Never underestimate the importance of your work,” Khan said.

He shared a story of his time at Harvard when he did not have the money to pay for an important exam that he was otherwise prepared for. He appealed to a staff member who vouched for him. He passed the critical exam thanks to the instructor who had allowed him to take it.

Khan complemented Southern on having the five pillars of dignity, respect, civility, kindness and passion.

“These five pillars speak volumes about you,” Khan said addressed to the administration, teaching staff and students at Southern.

“You are the people of golden heart,” Khan said. “Thank you.”

Photo Credit: August Pelliccio

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