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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 2/1/2021

News and Events for the week of February 1

Good Monday Morning, 

Our Beat the Rush begins today! We will have extended online Student Service hours February 1st through 6th: Monday – Thursday 8am to 7pm, Friday 8am to 4pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. Services will also be available on Saturday, February 20th. Please let us know if you need anything. The hotlines are: hotline-staff@lacitycollege.edu or hotline-faculty@lacitycollege.edu or hotline-students@lacitycollege.edu.  

Free Shipping on Bookstore Preorders

Please let your students know that the bookstore is now taking Spring textbook pre-orders. Students will get free local shipping on all orders place by this Friday, February 5th. Students can place orders at www.laccbookstore.com.  

Enrollment Update

Our headcount as of last Friday was at 93% of last spring and enrollment is at 90%. While our enrollment numbers have dipped in the past two weeks, holding our headcount above 90% is very good. Thank you to all of the over 50 volunteers who made calls to almost 1,400 students since Friday. That is remarkable! The volunteers made 127 follow-up appointments with the Welcome Center, and even identified 15 students who had an urgent need for support ranging from basic needs to device support to continue with school. The Outreach Team spent time with rapid fire replies to questions regarding Counseling Services, clearing many prerequisite holds, making appointments for education plans, and even filing petitions for graduation. If you are available and interested, please email Christina Espinoza-Guzman at espinolc@lacitycollege.edu.  

Vaccine Updates

I have received many questions regarding vaccine dates for faculty and staff. All faculty and staff in education, including LACC, and are in the Phase 1B, Tier 1. The county estimates that vaccines for Phase 1B will begin sometime this month. The exact process on how LACCD employees are to be notified to receive the vaccination is in the works. We hope detailed information on the distribution will be sent out well ahead of the first vaccinations. 

Black History Month at LACC

Black History Month is celebrated annually in February to acknowledge the contributions of African Americans to American history as well as to highlight their struggles for freedom, equity and equality. We continue to encounter the effects of this history regarding race and racism. LACC continues to strive to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students and members of our community. In celebration of Black History Month, please participate and engage in the following events: 

Monday – Friday, February 1 – 5 

Honoring our Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities 

The CCC Transfer Guarantee to HBCUs in partnership with the National College Resource Foundation are hosting the following events in honor of Black History Month: 

Monday February 1 

  • The History of HBCU: The Mecca of Black Excellence 11AM -12:30PM  
  • When Academic Preparation meets Opportunity = ACCESS! 1PM – 2PM  

Tuesday February 2 

  • Come Visit our HBCUs! A Virtual Tour Event 11AM - 12:30PM  
  • Our Choice, Our Voice! A Panel of CCC to HBCU Transfer Students 4PM -5:30PM  

Wednesday February 3 

  • HBCU Financial Aid Offices Present – The A, B, Cs of Financial Aid 9AM - 11AM  
  • How to Fund Your HBCU Education 11AM - 12PM  
  • Attending Your HBCU w a Family 1:00PM - 2PM  
  • Career Fair Event 3PM – 6PM  

Thursday February 4 

  • Leading HBCUs in the 21st Century: Presidents Panel 10AM -11:30AM  
  • HBCU Life: Exploring Campus Culture 1PM - 2PM  
  • California Clubs, Alumni Assoc, Black Greek Life Presentations 4PM – 6PM  

Friday February 5 

  • HBCU Transfer Fair 12PM – 3PM

Register for these events

Saturday, February 6 

Virtual Forum: Impact of November 2020 Ballot Measures on Equity and Justice, 10am 

Join us for a virtual forum on understanding how ballot results impact equity and justice in Los Angeles communities. Panelists include Gloria Chu, Vice President for Advocacy/ Program for the League of Women Voters of California; Taina Angeli Vargus, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Initiate Justice and Ivette AlĂ©, Senior Policy Leader at Dignity and Power. Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, register for this virtual forum

Other Black History Month events include: 
Thursday, February 11 

Pleasure Noir: Unpacking Pleasure in Black Bodies and Other Marginalized Persons Workshop, 1pm 

Hosted by therapist Thea Monyee, register here. 

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, 3pm -7pm 
Saturday, February 20, 12noon -3pm 

The Virtual California Black College Expo is a two-day online event for students to get 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. 

Friday, 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

Black Live Matter Town Hall

We are working on bringing a very special guest for our Black Live Matter Town Hall this month that will be held on Friday, February 19th at a special time of 12noon. We will have more details to share with you next week. 

Investigative Journalism Lecture Series

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 10 at 6pm for the next LACC Foundation Nick Beck Endowed Investigative Journalism Lecture Series “Always On: The Birth of 24-Hour News, and How it Changed Everything.” This virtual discussion will highlight the world of journalism in 2021. Author Lisa Napoli will discuss her recent book, Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN and the Birth of 24-Hour News, with local LA news anchor Frank Buckley. The event is free for LACC students with a suggested donation of $20 for alumni and friends, register at www.laccfoundation.org/always-on/

Spring Faculty Symposium

February is going to be a busy month with our Spring Faculty Symposium this Friday, classes starting a week from today, a long 4-day weekend the 12th through the 15th, all of the Black History Month events, our special Black Lives Matter Town Hall, and the Nick Beck Investigative Journalism Lecture. And we are just getting started for the month. 


As we prepare for our Spring 2021 term, please let us know if there is anything you need, or that your students need. Have a great week! 

BELIEVE. ACHIEVE. SUCCEED.  

Working together we have shown that we can accomplish anything! 

Be well. Stay safe. 
Mary