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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 3/29/2021

News and Events for the week of March 29

Good Monday Morning,

We are just about to the halfway point in this semester. This is also a short week as Wednesday (3/31) is the Cesar Chavez holiday, and Friday is a non-instruction day for the faculty. Next week is Spring Break. Whew! We made it half the way! I hope that you will be able to take some time off and disconnect so that you can come back ready to finish out this semester. Next week I will not be sending out my weekly message because I will be taking a little time and disconnecting, too.  

The APIDA Town Hall

The APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans) Town Hall that was held on Friday was great for us to learn the history and the struggles from our APIDA colleagues. Thank you to those who organized it under the leadership of Dean Vi Ly and her team. Thank you to those who were brave enough to speak out and educate us. This was the first of many to come.  

Public Health Updates

The LA County Department of Public Health expects us to move into the Orange Tier by next week. If vaccinations continue at the current pace, everyone who wants to be vaccinated could be vaccinated by summer. Additionally, it is expected that we will be in the Yellow Tier by summer and that means 50% capacity for everything, except large gatherings. The Chancellor sent a message on Friday indicating that we are planning for the Yellow Tier for Fall 2021, which means we could return to campus at 50% capacity.  

Updates on Returning to Campus

Plans are underway for more classes and services back on campus. We have had classes on campus since September and our Facilities staff continued to work almost the entire time of this pandemic. We have been working on a re-engagement plan and we hope to have a plan fully laid out before the end of April or mid-May so that everyone is aware of the plan and knows the impact to their particular area. We will be meeting all of the LA County Department of Public Health protocols for returning to campus. We do not have a specific date, or even a target date, but we need to begin to think about coming back to campus. 

In some respects, coming back to campus may be more difficult than leaving campus. In March 2020, it seemed so sudden when we were told to leave, but now we are talking about and planning for the return. As a result of these changes, and as the planning continues, I know many of you will have or currently have questions. Therefore, after Spring Break, I will be increasing my communication to you each week throughout the rest of this term. I will be holding a Town Hall for Staff every Tuesday at 3pm and for Students every Thursday at 3pm. It will be in the style of the Town Halls that I was doing last spring. I will provide updates and then I will take any questions. I will do my best to answer your questions. I will tell you honestly if I cannot answer your question and why. I will seek information that you request and provide it to you. I will continue to send my “This Week @ City” on Mondays and on Wednesdays and Fridays I will send a President’s Message with updated information that is brought up and shared at the Town Halls so that you are all kept informed, even if you are not able to attend the Town Hall meetings. We will post recordings of both the Staff and the Student Town Halls. Just as we did leaving campus last spring, we will work together to come back in the best possible manner. Many of us are already fully vaccinated since we gained eligibility for the vaccinations in February and March. April 1 opens additional opportunities for our families who are 50+ years old or anyone with underlying health conditions; and by April 15 anyone 16 years and older is eligible for the vaccine.   

Vaccine Questions Webinar

There are a lot of questions about the different vaccines and how effective they are and whether there are any long-term negative effects from the vaccine, among a host of other questions. We are so fortunate that one of our well-known alumnae, Dr. Babek Kateb, who is a neuroscientist and neurosurgeon in Los Angeles, along with 6 other medical professionals and scientists, volunteered to hold a Town Hall with us today, March 29, at 2pm to provide information and answers to all of our questions about the vaccinations. You must register to attend.

Click the link below to register:
https://laccd.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pLGbMZ6ZTbKOq633UVLG6w 

Vaccination Appointments for Faculty

County health officials say that more vaccination supplies continue to be shipped to Southern California. Appointment options can be found at https://myturn.govhttp://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/vaccine/ and https://corona-virus.la/VaxInfo

Budget & Facilities Town Hall

I will be holding my Budget & Facilities Town Hall so that I can give you an update for this semester on Tuesday, March 30th from 1pm to 3pm. Here is the link for this meeting: https://laccd.zoom.us/j/95196766877 

Student Workshops

Our Life Skills Center is offering student workshops throughout the Spring 2021 semester. Workshops are held online every Tuesday from 12:30ipm – 1:30pm. Workshops can be accessed via Zoom at 929 3680 5171, for more information or questions please contact Joe Exnowski at 323.953.4000 ext. 224 or exnowsj@lacitycollege.edu. The next workshop on Tuesday, March 30 will focus on “Are You Stressed Out and Overwhelmed?” and include information on how deal with anxiety.  

Vaccines for Community Members

L.A. Care and Blue Shield Promise, in partnership with USC Pharmacy and LA City College, are providing COVID-19 vaccines to community members who are currently eligible under the state guidelines. Appointments will open on Thursday, April 1 for the Wednesday April 7th group (anyone 50 years of age and older). The vaccine is available at no cost to you at a drive-thru and walk-up clinic and will operate from 9am to 4pm. Appointments will open on Thursday, April 15 for the Wednesday April 29th group (anyone 18 years of age and older) The vaccine is available at no cost to you at a drive-thru and walk-up clinic and will operate from 9am to 4pm. These vaccinations will take place at Los Angeles City College Parking Lot 1, 4100 Marathon Street in Los Angeles. Vaccine supply is limited and an appointment is required. To make your appointment on April 1 and/or April 15, visit: www.BIT.LY/LACBSPVaccine5

When scheduling your appointment, in the “How did you hear about the event” box, enter “North Star.” 

The LACC Foundation Scholarships

The LACC Foundation is offering scholarships to all deserving LACC students who meet the scholarship requirements. For spring 2021 ONLY, the full-time requirement has been waived. So, if a student is not enrolled in 12 units and wishes to apply for the LACC Foundation scholarships, the student can visit the LACC Foundation Scholarship Website to start the application. Learn more about the LACC Foundation Scholarships. Please don’t forget to share this information with all your students and encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity. The Foundation has about $1 million in scholarships to give this term. Let your students know.   

Women’s History Month at LACC

We are winding down Women’s History Month, and we are celebrating with two events tomorrow. Please join us and participate:  

March 30, 11:30am – 12:30pm  

Panel Discussion on Women in Leadership  
https://tinyurl.com/s6vdzje

March 30, 12noon – 1pm  

LACC Ralph Bunche Scholars Research Presentations  
https://laccd.zoom.us/j/97589129808

LACC Foundation’s 2021 Virtual Gala

LACC Foundation’s 2021 Virtual Gala will be held on April 22nd at 7pm and will be hosted by comedian Harry Basil. The event will feature an exciting performance from our very own Grammy Award Winner Lebo M., famous sculptor Marlene Louchheim and Irv Zakheim will be honored with the LACC Outstanding Alumni Award; and the Rodney Dangerfield Centennial Respect Award will be presented to comedian Jimmy Fallon. Individual tickets for faculty and staff are available for purchase at half of the regular ticket price. Purchase your tickets to the LACC Virtual Gala now.   


It has been a very busy time for us this last year and the work continues as we think about re-engaging again. During Spring Break, April 8th, marks the day that our beloved Kabwe Chanda passed away from COVID-19his. Please take a moment that day to reflect on the memories of him and his wonderful spirit. And please keep his wife Pamela, and his son, Noah, in your thoughts and prayers.  

BELIEVE. ACHIEVE. SUCCEED. Be prepared for our comeback… 

Be well. Get vaccinated.  
Mary