Intersectionality of City College Students Online

With a pandemic not yet in the rearview mirror of thousands of City College students who now seek intersectionality of the world wide web, efforts within the campus pave the way for a new world online.

Intersectionality is a theoretical framework for understanding how aspects of a person’s social and political identities might combine to create unique modes of discrimination and privilege. Intersectionality identifies advantages and disadvantages that are felt by people due to a combination of factors including race, security, and equity.

On Thursday, August 13 at 2 pm, Black Lives Matter Town Hall is to feature Tim Wise, a noted author, and speaker on anti-racism. Los Angeles City College is almost midway through August and a few weeks away from the Fall 2020 semester. According to City College President Mary Gallagher’s latest email, enrollment for fall remains the highest in the District.

We are above just 90 percent in our enrollment compared to this time last year. We are doing targeted marketing and advertising to our students, along with personal outreach to specific groups as well. We are also working with LAUSD to reach out to the seniors who will not be going to their university this fall to encourage them to take classes at LACC. We want to make sure we reach out to our community of students who may be frustrated and unsure about what to do.

City College President, Mary Gallagher, MBA, Ph.D.

The Town Hall will discuss Understanding White Fragility and How to be an Anti-Racist. Several of Tim Wise’s books will be made available free to City College staff. Chancellor Rodriguez is joining the Town Hall.

Food Security Opportunity for Who Needs it Most on Campus

LA Care’s Boyle Heights Family Resource Center is partnering with Seeds of Hope to coordinate a walk-up food distribution event at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany at 280 Altura Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031. The community is welcome to walk-up and pick up a box of assorted groceries.

Laptop Devices for Students Caught in Cross-Fire between China and US Sanctions

Several weeks ago the District submitted a substantial order for Chromebooks that would be available for a Loan to Own program the Bookstore established at City College. The company City College ordered from China has been blocked from exporting this merchandise by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The City College administration is set to identify alternate sources for laptops. “We know that it is critical for our students to have their device before classes being in order to be successful,” Gallagher said. “The Loan to Own program was developed to help students in need of tech-ware for educational advancement.”

Access to Information and Digital Equity will reach equilibrium

The Bookstore “Loan to Own” program is available to students for their textbooks as well. The program allows students to purchase their textbooks and pay over several months.

“We hope these programs help our students obtain their textbooks before classes start, which means they will have a greater opportunity for success,” Gallagher said.

Low-cost Internet Service for Students is brought to people who cannot afford it by the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) who provides low-cost internet service in the East Hollywood area.  Students can visit the website, answer a few questions in the internet service finder area, or the “find offers” section, and, based on their answers, a list of service providers is recommended. Students can sign-up for the service directly from the site. Some may even offer free devices if supplies last.

Information Conglomerates Are being Held Accountable

CETF was established as a non-profit corporation pursuant to orders from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in approving the mergers of SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI in 2005. As a condition of approval of the mergers, AT&T and Verizon are required to contribute to CETF a total of $60 million over 5 years “for the purpose of achieving ubiquitous access to broadband and advanced services in California, particularly in underserved communities, through the use of emerging technologies.” AT&T will contribute $9 million per year and Verizon will contribute $3 million per year so students do not be shy requesting access to digital equity.

City College administration is distributing Chromebooks to our newly entering College Promise students. The First-Year Experience team coordinated the event to distribute hundreds of Chromebooks. Counselor Eric Romero recruited staff volunteers.

The Battle Continues this Fall 2020

The upcoming lineup through the remainder of the summer for the Thursday Black Lives Matter Town Halls is on Thursday at 2:00, with the final one taking place on Monday, August 31 at 2 pm.

• Thursday, August 13 with Tim Wise: Understanding White Fragility and How to be an Anti-Racist
• Thursday, August 20 with LA LGBT Center: Black Lives Matter: The LGBT and Transgender Agenda
• Thursday, August 27  with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson: Keynote Speaker for Faculty and Staff Convocation/Symposium
• Monday, August 31 with Mr. Benjamin Crump, Esq: We will Not Stop Fighting for Justice with George Floyd Family’s Attorney

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