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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 2/24/2020

News and Events for the week of February 24

Good Monday Morning:

We are well under way for Spring semester and our campus is buzzing with activities. Our enrollment has been holding steady at about 4% above Spring 2019. Overall we expect growth for the year of somewhere between 1% and 2%. We have also started our Saturday classes so we are also busy on weekends. This Saturday, February 29, the Admissions & Records and Financial Aid offices will be open extended hours from 9am to 1pm. Also, please remind your students to vote. See below for more information on our Voting Centers, everyone can now vote at LACC! I will be up north on Thursday and Friday and VP Reeves will be Acting President.

Voting Centers

All nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) will host new, multi-day Voting Centers in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters for the March 3 Primary Elections. LACC will be hosting 11- day Voting Centers that are operating through March 3, 2020, including on Sundays. As long as you are registered to vote, you can vote at any polling place. So everyone plan to vote at LACC!

The Voting Center is located in the Student Union 3rd Floor Multipurpose Room, and there is free parking available in Lot 4 for those voting.

Food for Thought Pop-Up Food Pantry

This week, we are distributing food today  2/24 and on Thursday 2/27 from 11am until 2pm.

Registered Nursing: Student Information Session

Today 2/24, Registered Nursing will host a Student Information Session for students interested in the Nursing Program. The session will be held in SCI 111 at 4pm. Reservations are required. RSVP at the Nursing Department Front Desk, SCI TECH 218.

Morgan Freeman Visits LACC

Today 2/24 actor Morgan Freeman will be visiting LACC for a re-dedication of the Morgan Freeman Theater in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Communications Building and a discussion later in the theater with our students. The event will begin at 4pm.

Black History Month
  • This Tuesday 2/25 Umoja and the Genderversity/Multicultural Center will host “Unleashing Youth Power to End Female Genital Mutilation” at 12:30pm in the Student Union, first floor.
  • On Wednesday 2/26 at 12:30pm in the Student Union, first floor, Umoja and the Genderversity/Multicultural Center will host a presentation by Dr. Shaun Harper, Executive Director and Founder of USC’s Race and Equity Center. He is reknowned for his work on equity.
  • Directly following, Umoja and the Genderversity/Muslticultural Center is also hosting “The State of Black America” featuring actor and LACC alumnus Mykelti Williamson at 1:30pm in the first floor, Student Union.
We All Got Something Going On – Student Support Group

On Tuesday 2/25 students can join a weekly support group at the Health & Wellness Center SSB South-East Corner from 1pm to 2pm. For more information, contact Joe Exnowski at or 323.953.4000 ext. 2274.

Student Workshop: How to Have a Good Relationship with Your Professor

On Wednesday 2/26 the Health and Wellness/Life Skills Center will host a Student Workshop on “How to Have a Good Relationship with Your Professor.” In this workshop students will learn healthy ways to have constructive, positive and successful interactions with instructors. The workshop begins at 12:30pm in the Student Union 2nd floor conference room. Contact Joe Exnowski at or 323.953.4000 ext. 2274 for more information.

Pathway to Law School: Applying to Law School

On Thursday 2/27 the Law and Administration of Justice Department will host

“Pathway to Law School: Applying to Law School” a presentation about the basics of applying to law school. The event will begin at 6pm in Holmes Hall 7 Lecture Hall.

Psychology – Ethics Training

On Saturday 2/29 and Sunday 3/1, students in the Psychology Department’s Drug and Alcohol Program will provide a free two-day Ethics training. The training is required for students to register as Drug and Alcohol Program interns or students. The training begins at 8:30am each morning and is located in Holmes Hall 6 Lecture Hall.

Artist Lecture Series: The Collective

The Visual & Media Arts Department will host an Artist Lecture Series featuring “The Collective” on Tuesday 3/3 beginning at 6pm in the Chem 3 Lecture Hall.

LACC Theatre Academy Honored at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival

Please celebrate the great honor bestowed on the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy's fall production of THE SANDSTORM: STORIES FROM THE FRONT. It was one of six college plays in the Western United States invited to perform in the Region 8 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival held at Cal State Fullerton February 10th-15th. LACC was awarded the "Golden Wrench" award as the best of the teams who loaded and removed the scenery. Among its competitor were four year institutions such, as Brigham Young University, who shared this spotlight with LACC. Kudos to the LACC Theater Academy.

Upcoming 90th Anniversary Activities

On the afternoon of April 25, 2020 from 1pm to 3pm, LACC will host a panel discussion with Chancellor Block from UCLA, President Covino from Cal State LA and myself in recognition of all three public higher education systems in the City of Los Angeles starting at the same location. We will discuss the changes taking place in public higher education as a result of the rapidly changing environment, particularly in technology. “The 21st Public Higher Education Environment – a Conversation” is the topic. What we expect to do in this century; and what are the effects on the city of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas.”

At the end of the year, we will have another “Celebration of Us” the evening of Friday, June 5th. Then our finale will be our 90th graduation on Tuesday, June 9th at the Greek Theater at 5pm.

LACC Community Corner

  • Last week on Wednesday, our very own LACC Music department signed a pathway transfer agreement with UCLA to their Music program.
  • Thursday I met with the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) in Sacramento to have our Nursing program approval contninue without sanctions. We presented a plan to the BRN that was accepted and our approval will continue.
  • Friday I met with Cal State LA President Covino to discuss opportunities for LACC to work together to expand transfer to CSULA, including into impacted programs.
  • This week on Tuesday, I will meet with the Executive Director of the South Los Angeles Promise Zone to talk about what both promise zone groups can do together.
  • On Wednesday I will attend the bi-monthly Leadership Council meeting for the LA Promise Zone. I have been a member of that Leadership Council since I started at LACC two years ago.
  • Thursday and Friday I will be at the CEO Symposium in Northern California.

Let’s have another great week at LACC!

Mary Gallagher