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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 2/16/2021

News and Events for the week of February 16

Good Tuesday Morning, 

I hope everyone had a restful long weekend. Last week was crazy and this week will be crazy, but to have 4 days off… 

Spring Semester Update

We are now in the second week of Spring Semester. If you or your students need any assistance, please email: hotline-faculty@lacitycollege.edu, or hotline-students@lacitycollege.edu, or hotline-staff@lacitycollege.edu. We have staff standing by to assist. Our Headcount is at 97% and our enrollment is at 94%. Both are great numbers! A job well done.      

Vaccines

We all received a communication from the district last Thursday (2/11) afternoon that indicated vaccines for the “Education” category will likely begin in the next few weeks. We will share any information we receive regarding vaccine dates and how to register to receive the vaccine. Flexibility is key to getting an appointment. You may need to take the appointment at a time that is not the most convenient for you and you may have to drive a distance to get an appointment, but getting the vaccine as soon as possible is the key to any return to campus. Be prepared and be flexible with dates, times, and places.   

Black History Month at LACC

February is Black History Month and here is our lineup of events and speakers: 

Monday, February 15 through Sunday, February 21  

“Coded Bias” Screening and Panel Discussion 

The panel discussion will include the use of facial recognition to target individuals. Please let your students know the $10 registration fee will be waived if students register by emailing the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles Executive Director ED@lwvlosangeles.org. Register here

Tuesday, February 16 

Black Economics and History….Remember. Relearn. Rebuild. 12noon.

Workshop presented by De’Von Truvel, founder and creator of Play Black Wall Street. This workshop will focus on the businesses and events of Northern Tulsa, Oklahoma, one of the most economically successful communities in American History, register here. 

Friday, February 19 

Black Lives Matter Town Hall: “Our Time for Change”, featuring special guest Dr. Bernice King, moderated by CBS 2 Anchor Pay Harvey.

This discussion will commemorate and honor the legacy that African Americans left behind and to integrate the nation’s moral obligations and change societal norms. This event will be held at a special time on Friday, February 19 at 12noon. We will be sending out reminder flyers throughout the week. 

Friday, February 19, 3pm-7pm and Saturday, February 20, 12noon-3pm 

The Virtual California Black College Expo is a two-day online event for students to provide access to historically black colleges and universities and other educational programs. Students can get accepted during the expo and scholarships are available, register here. 

Monday, February 22 

Virtual Art Exhibit featuring Howard Cash, LACC alumnus and photographer 1pm. 

This webinar celebrates the spirit of Nigeria, Ghana, and African Americans. Journey with Mr. Cash as he shares his beautiful photography highlighting his extensive experiences in Nigeria and Ghana. Register in advance for this webinar here. 

Tuesday, February 23 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tyrone Howard, UCLA Professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies 12:30pm. 

Dr. Howard is the Director and Founder of the Black Male Institute at UCLA and Inaugural Director of the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families. During the last five years, Dr. Howard has been listed by Education Week as one of the 60 most influential scholars in the nation informing educational policy, practice and reform. Register in advance for this meeting here. 

Wednesday, February 24 

Write Your Way Through, Poetic Expression as a Therapeutic Tool, 12noon, presented by Treesje M Thomas, psychologist and spoken word artist.

This event focuses on curating a space for students to explore this timeless form of expression, to equip them with a therapeutic tool that is both introspective and entertaining. The event will feature highlights from the Inaugural poem by Amanda Gorman, register here

Financial Aid and FAFSA Workshop

On Saturday, February 20, we will be hosting a financial aid and FAFSA Workshop at 10am. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and help with  CA Dream Act and FAFSA applications, Zoom ID 3239532020. 

Grant Petition

We are also working to get a new grant focusing on reimagining the healthcare talent pool development. Within our current climate is an opportunity for Los Angeles to empower the next generation of healthcare workers and to retrain incumbent workers in new technologies and techniques to solidify its position as a U.S. healthcare innovation hub. In order to meet this moment, Los Angeles needs to plan, develop, and implement a coordinated sector strategy with documented commitment and involvement from government leaders, government and private-sector employers, investors, universities, and community colleges. We have asked two foundations to provide us funding for a planning grant to determine the feasibility of creating this network. We will keep you updated on the progress of this grant.  


This week we gear up for the long haul of this term that will lead us to Spring Break. As things change around us, the number of transmissions, hospitalizations, and deaths are trending down, finally, in Los Angeles County. Stay diligent with your facial covering and social distancing and we will have a fighting chance at getting a few more opportunities back to campus hopefully soon.  

BELIEVE.  ACHIEVE.  SUCCEED. Your commitment to our students and our staff is admirable!  

Be well. Stay safe. 
Mary