Statement of Nonpartisanship

During this election season, advancing a stance of nonpartisanship is a very important element of the work and activities in which the Los Angeles Community College Black Faculty & Staff Association (BFSA) engages for it protects our ethical standards and integrity. However, not for the benefit of any contender or political party, BFSA may provide…

A Legacy Moving Forward

By Jasmine Phillips, Counselor LATTC As I looked around the room, I was proud to see these new, yet familiar faces.  As with tradition, we blessed our food and broke bread to open this gathering; and I knew it would be a wonderful semester. The first Umoja meeting of the year demonstrated the deep bond from students…

First CCC Student to Use HBCU Transfer Guarantee

Clarnetta Madden’s original objective was to obtain her Associate Degree (AA-T) and transfer to a California State University for the fall 2015 semester.  However, in March, her professor at Norco College, Raul Madrid, informed the class about a new Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Guarantee Transfer Program for California Community College students.  As a…

Long Beach City College to Hire New Faculty

Long Beach City College plans to hire 27 new faculty members and increase the assignments of dozens of staff positions that were previously reduced as a result of the recession. The College will spend $3.6 million to hire new faculty and increase the assignments for many staff members whose jobs had been reduced, LBCC President…

Ida B. Wells’s 153rd Birthday and Her Connection with Dr. Tyree Wieder

Today, Thursday, July 16, 2015, Google is honoring the 153rd birthday of civil rights activist, suffragist and journalist, Ida B. Wells, with a Doodle of her typing away on typewriter with a piece of luggage by her side. In a tribute to Wells, Google wrote, “She was a fierce opponent of segregation and wrote prolifically…

Henry Louis Gates Visits Trade

The Trade-Tech library hosted a film project for PBS, and as it turned out, the guest was one of BFSA’s favorite black intellectuals–Alphonse Fletcher University professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University–Henry Louis Gates! Gates is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and…

Sydney Kamlager at Trade July 11th

One of the newly-elected LACCD Board of Trustees members, Sydney Kamlager, the District Director for State Senator Holly Mitchell and a long-time early childcare advocate who worked at the non-profit, Crystal Stairs, will have her Community Swearing-in this Saturday, July 11th at 2:00 pm.  The ceremony will take place in the historic, Steven’s Square, named…

Happy Retirement for Abbie Patterson

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, in the penthouse ballroom overlooking the south bay–at the Doubletree Hilton in Torrance, California–family, colleagues, and friends of Abbie Patterson celebrated her 37 years in education.  Corey Rodgers, dean of admissions and records of Harbor College was the master of ceremonies.  Pastor Charles Williams from Grace Chapel gave the invocation…

California Community Colleges’ Smooth Pathway to HBCUs

It has been a hard and long road to ensuring that students have a smooth transition from community colleges to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  In 2008, led by Dr. Yasmin Delahoussaye,  previous president of Southwest College and former vice chancellor of the Los Angeles Community Colleges District, and under the guise of the…

Going Black in Time

On Friday, February 27, 2015 from 8 am to 4 pm, join the LACCD Black Faculty & Staff Association on a bus day trip to the past.  It’s the Black Heritage Tour of Los Angeles designed especially for LACCD faculty, staff, and students! Discover the 1781 African connection to the founding of Los Angeles; travel…