What I notice even more is Benedict's passion to connecting people from diverse backgrounds here at the college. Benedict has arranged for several social events between a diverse set of people bringing together people who otherwise might not have met. Several of these colleagues have formed friendships outside of the college. These people go out into the community for casual outings, for example dinner, hikes, movies, and cultural events like the community festivals last fall, specifically the Asian Festivals and the Latino festivals. These actions fit solidly into the college's mission statement as they "empower" and "transform" diverse learners and communities in our area and encourage lifelong learning.