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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 11/16/2020

News and Events for the week of November 16

Good Monday Morning LACC Family: 

I would like to thank everyone who volunteered and helped in our Day of Gratitude events last week. We distributed more than 1,100 meals to our students and gave out 200 bags of groceries. There were 90 faculty, staff, administrators and students who volunteered. Thank you to VP Andriassian for spearheading this effort. And a big thank you to the LACC Foundation and the LACC ASG for sponsoring this great event! It was wonderful to see our students and each other. I think we were all grateful. View media coverage of the event from NBC Los Angeles and CBS Los Angeles.

Did we just skip winter and spring and go back to summer? Just when we were beginning to settle in for cooler weather toward winter, we heat up again. Today we will reach temperatures above the mid-80s and tomorrow just slightly cooler. Then we will see our normal temperatures again in the low 70s and mid-60s just in time for Thanksgiving. I feel like the weather person, I am not, but… 

The shift toward the completion of this term is beginning. By the end of this week, we have a short week for Thanksgiving and then two weeks of classes left before final exams. This semester has been a trying one for everybody. It took me over two months to settle in for the term with a routine that I think I can sustain as we go forward in this COVID-19 remote environment. I know we are all so tired of this, but we have a bit more to go before we can see our way back to more activity on campus. It will likely be a slow recovery for us; it may be some time before we can all see each other again. But, remember, this is temporary. The news now is that there may be a couple of reliable vaccines and treatments coming soon. Even then, I expect a slow return that will take another semester or more. I think it is important for us to stay positive that we will come out of this. Our students and their families need us to stay hopeful because this is such a difficult time. Please reach out if you need anything. We are planning additional special sessions for students in January so they know the resources available to them. I will resume Town Halls with the students, one next week and one at the end of the semester. In January we are planning a host of regular opportunities for students to discuss their challenges, find resources, and just have a forum to meet and talk.

On Friday, November 20 at 1:30pm we will host our Black Live Matter Town Hall

Featured this month is the topic of “Inclusion: The Art of Story Listening” with Derrick Drakeford, Ph.D. Please plan to join us via Zoom at

On Friday, November 20th the Invisible Bridges Virtual Speaker Series is focusing on the Fine Arts.

The event will begin at 6pm and will feature Otis Fine Art Students showing their work and discussing developing their voice and the importance of representation, diversity, inclusion and equity in higher education. The zoom link is, meeting ID 689 764 5255.  

Here are a couple of things you may be interested in.

Next Wednesday, November 25 at 6pm, our talented music faculty will be giving a concert in honor of Kabwe Chanda. Kabwe’s wife, Pamela, and his son, Noah will be joining us. We are also planning a fun virtual get together in time for the holidays.

Mark your calendars for Friday, December 18. Our Town Hall will be about us and our traditions at the holidays. We will also have a virtual holiday celebration – to continue our tradition of the past two years.

This week is International Education Week 

Here is what we have to recognize and celebrate: 

  • Monday, November 16 at 12noon 
    Passport Series: Thailand
    Zoom ID: 961 7202 3792, passcode: passport 
  • Tuesday, November 17 at 9 am 
    Voting for the Quaran-Time Photo Contest
    Via @laccisp Instagram Story  
  • Wednesday, November 18 at 5pm 
    Life after OPT
    Zoom ID 997 0362 4284, passcode: OPT 
  • Thursday, November 19 at 7:30pm 
    ISP Hangout/ Photo Contest Announcement
    Zoom ID 928 6709 2574, passcode: LACC 
The latest issue of our award-winning newspaper, the Collegian, is now out!

View online news and a link to the newspaper at

The Ketchum Downtown YMCA is offering a variety of youth workshops.

They include Future Focus - College Preparation where students can learn about the college application process and get connected to information that will support their college and career goals. During November 5 through November 26 from 4pm to 6pm a number of virtual opportunities will be available for our young people to participate. A Resume Workshop will be held this Thursday, November 19 from 4pm to 5pm, where students will learn the essential steps to developing their resume. To register, contact Sergio Ortiz at

For Faculty & Staff

Please be sure to put in any vacation requests ASAP for next week and the upcoming winter break.  

BELIEVE. ACHIEVE. SUCCEED. It is what you have been doing all semester. Let’s continue the great work! 

Be well. Stay safe.