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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 2/22/2021

News and Events for the week of February 22

Good Monday Morning, 

Thanks to everyone who helped put together and those who attended last week’s Black Lives Matter Town Hall: Our Time for Change. I was very proud that we could host such an interesting, relevant and amazing conversion with Dr. Bernice King and CBS Anchor Pat Harvey. It was enlightening and exhilarating. Thanks to our Equity Team, led by Dr. Thelma Day, for this great work! 

Spring Semester Update

We are now in the third week of Spring Semester. Our headcount remains about 90% of last year (almost 95%) and our enrollment is hovering sat 89-90%. 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. We are leading the District in both Headcount and Enrollment. 

Covid-19 Vaccine Update

Vaccines for the “Education” category, which faculty and staff fall under, are expected to begin March 1. As soon as we have information on how to register to receive the vaccine, we will send it to you. 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.  

As more and more Angelenos follow mask and social distancing, the numbers have fallen for the rate of infection. As this trend continues, LA County will move from purple to red and then to orange and then to yellow. We have begun planning for some return to campus. We will be having more conversations about how, when and what we return to campus. There is no full return to work yet. Essential services that cannot be done remotely, such as facilities and some of our health-related classes, are taking place on campus daily. It is critical that all people who will be on campus check in and out with the sheriff each day.  

Budget Committee Discussion of Federal Stimulus

We expect funds to come in from the federal stimulus package under what is known as HEERF II. Our projected amount is a little over $13 million and about $3 million of that will go directly to students in the form of special grants. We are considering different types of methods to distribute those funds so that all students receive something. That is what we did in spring 2020 and it seemed to help all of our students. The Budget Committee will begin its discussions today about other uses of the funds. They are one-time only monies so we cannot use it for ongoing expenses. The Budget Committee meets today at 2:20 today if you would like to join us.  

Zoom ID: 947 2886 7711. 

Congratulations to LACC’s Phi Theta Kappa

LACC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter has been named a 2021 REACH Chapter and will receive a special recognition in the form of 3 Phi Theta Kappa graduation stoles that will be sent to Chapter Advisor Dr. Danielle Muller and will be worn during graduation to celebrate reaching this milestone.  

LACC in the News

Congratulations to Life Sciences Professors Ali Jazirehi and Khalil Khollesi, along with several other LACCD faculty members who authored “Insights on the Novel Coronavirus SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19): Existing and Future Considerations,” in the International Journal of Research in Health Sciences. Congratulations to LACC student Jana J. Monji who wrote an article on the Mars Perseverance mission for Pasadena Weekly that we sent out last week to you.  

Dtudent Workshops

Our Life Skills Center is offering student workshops throughout Spring semester. Workshops are held online every Tuesday from 12:30 – 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, February 23 will focus on “The Secret to Achieving Your Dreams.” and include information on setting and meeting your academic, financial and personal goals.  

Black History Month at LACC

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

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


BELIEVE. ACHIEVE. SUCCEED. There is a felling of change now in LA County. Let’s hope this continues. 

Be well. Stay safe. 
Mary