July 2, 2015
July 1, 2015 was indeed a day of celebration.
For California Institute of Integral Studies and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine--two longtime San Francisco institutions of holistic healing--it was the official date of their merger.
And in honor of that much anticapated, historic merger, Mayor Ed Lee named July 1 "Mind, Body, and Sprit Day." It was also a day that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a Certificate of Honor (the Certificate) to CIIS and ACTCM.
The Board authorized the Certificate in appreciative public recognition of distinction and merit for outstanding service to a significant portion of the people of the City and County of San Francisco, recognizing CIIS' "exceptional work in expanding opportunities in education and research for mind, body, and spirit; and its service to individuals, communities, and the Earth."
The Board also commended and extended its "highest appreciation for the historic merger of California Institute of Integral Studies and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine." The Certificate was signed by all nine supervisors.
Not the First Time CIIS Has Been Honored
According to CIIS Archivist/Historian Bahman Shirazi, this marks the the second time that CIIS is being honored by the City of San Francisco. He writes:
"On March 25, 2008, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a resolution proclaiming April 8, 2008 as "CIIS Day in San Francisco" on the occasion our 40th anniversary. It acknowledges our history, mission, and vision, and commends us for our service to the community through the CIIS Counseling Centers, participating in the Project Homeless Connect, and service through our academic programs and the professional contributions of our alumni both locally and globally.
"Interestingly, decades earlier, the San Francisco City Planning Commission had unanimously denied our building application to operate. CIIS founders Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri decided to appeal to the Board, but were told that 99% of the time the Board follows the Commission's recommendation (especially in a unanimous vote case).
"Dr. Chaudhuri is known to have said (according to Bina) that 'we will be that 1%!' Many letters of support were gathered, and a hearing was scheduled. The Board unanimously overruled the Commission's decision.