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Students debate Cabrillo College name change
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Cabrillo College has spent the last few months exploring what seems like a simple question: Should Cabrillo College be named after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, leader of the first European expedition to what is now the West Coast of the United States?

In the past, the answer seemed obvious: Cabrillo was a hero to be honored, part of American history. More recently, however, concerns over Cabrillo’s actions, including his complicity in the genocide of indigenous peoples, have led the college to explore renaming.

Cabrillo Communication Studies Chair Skye Gentile along with students Justice Landes, Braulio Salgado Rodriguez, and Gabriel Kryst join host Suki Wessling to share the exploration process, what they have learned from this process, and their reasons for supporting or not supporting a potential name change.