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BFSA Members Featured in Aspirations to Achievement Men of Color Video

24 Jun

BFSA members, Dr. Marcia Wilson, Director of Workforce Development Programs and Grants and Elton Robinson, Department Chair of Cosmetology–both from Los Angeles Trade Technical College–are featured in Achieving the Dream’s “Aspirations to Achievement:   Men of Color and Community College” video, which brings together data about the engagement and attainment of Latinos and Black males in community colleges.

The video highlights the voices of students and faculty, drawn from focus groups conducted in six Achieving the Dream colleges–Austin Community College (TX), Tarrant County College (TX), Los Angeles Southwest College (CA), Los Angeles Trade Technical College (CA), Lansing Community College (MI), and Jackson Community College (MI)–as well as other institutions at the Phi Theta Kappa convention. Emerging from the multi-year project are urgent questions that must be addressed in every community college committed to equity in outcomes across diverse student groups. Perspectives vary on the answers to these questions.  View the video below noting Marcia Wilson at minute 17:01 and Elton Robinson at 18:14.

Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, Achieving the Dream leads a comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education history. Together with their network of over 200 institutions of higher education, 100 coaches and advisors, 15 state policy teams, and numerous investors and partners working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia, they are helping nearly 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

Source:  http://achievingthedream.org/news/13019/aspirations-to-achievement-men-of-color-in-community-colleges-plenary


LATTC’s Umoja Spring 2014 Induction Ceremony

7 Jun

Umoja, a Kiswahili word meaning unity, is a culturally responsive learning community and student support service dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students.  This year marks the progam’s second annual Spring Induction Ceremony, where students make a pledge toward personal and academic excellence.  Students who have been selected to be part of the program and who have maintained the required grade point average, were officially inducted into Los Angeles Trade Technical College’s Umoja Community.  At this special pinning ceremony, students took a pledge toward personal and academic excellence and were presented with Kente stoles.

Dr. Keneesha Tarrant gave inspirational words from the president’s office and Deborah Campbell, counselor and Black Student Union advisor, also came to congratulate the students.  This year, the students asked Garnet King, an LATTC staff and Umoja supporter, to present Linda Cole, Michael Hopper, and Dean Dorothy Smith with gold trophies.  They wanted to thank them for their tireless dedication to the students and the program.  Faculty members Thurman Robinson, Michael Hopper, Elton Robinson, and Gerald Mock, along with staff member, Garnett King, made up the receiving line to congratulate the students.

The Culinary Arts program, led by Steve Kasmar, prepared a wonderful lunch for the event.  Guests feasted on chicken parmesan, salad, and homemade rolls.  The culinary arts department also made a delicious chocolate cake, blueberry lemon parfaits, and an assortment of homemade cookies, tarts, and other delicious desserts.

Counselors, Maurice Burnett and Derek Majors were the original advisors of Umoja.  They attending the required professional development training and set the ground work to officially bring the Umoja Community to the campus.  After a lack of resources and financial support, the program was archived.  But in 2012, faculty advisors, Linda Cole, Michael Hopper, and Dr. Ayesha Randall officially relaunched Umoja (oo-moe-juh).  Dean Dorothy Smith, dean of student services, and Linda Cole provided seed support for its launching.

For more about LA Trade Tech’s Umoja program, visit http://college.lattc.edu/umoja/.

2014 LACCD Black Graduation Celebration

4 Jun

blackgrad2014-2On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, the 2014 Los Angeles Community Colleges District Black Graduation Celebration took place at Cougar Field at Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC). This year’s theme was “A Cultural Celebration of Academic Achievement.”

This year’s committee was co-chaired by Dr. Tangelia Alfred and  Chauncine Stewart.  All nine of the Los Angeles Community Colleges District (LACCD) campuses were represented.  Los Angeles Southwest’s interim president, Dr. Yasmin Delahoussaye and LACCD interim chancellor, Dr. Adriana Barrera, welcomed the audience.  

The celebration began with the Dembrehrah West African Drum Ensemble leading the processional to Cougar Field.  Rhodesia Jackson, an LASC student, gave the libation.  Linda Cole, chaplain of the Los Angeles Community Colleges District Black Faculty and Staff Association (LACCD BFSA) gave the opening prayer.  Actress, performer, director, writer and activist, T’Keyah Crystal Keymah from In Living Color and That’s So Raven, led the Negro National Anthem.

Dr. Lawrence Bradford, LASC Vice President of Academic Affairs, spoke about the purpose of the Black Graduation Celebration.  There were words from LACCD Trustee, Mike Eng and ASO president and future LACCD student trustee, LaMont Jackson.  Dr. Ayesha Randall from Los Angeles Trade-Technical College introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Corliss Bennett-McBride, the director of the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs at University of Southern California, who gave a spirited talk encouraging graduates to prepare for the next chapter of their lives. Continue reading

Pasadena Black History Parade 2014

15 Feb

OnochiePlease join the Los Angeles Community Colleges District Black Faculty and Staff Association at the City of Pasadena’s 32nd Annual Black History Parade and Festival on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 10am to 4pm.  It is one of the biggest and longest-running Black history parades in California. Our black history parades highlight African history, African-American culture, and are the only ones where you’ll see low rider car clubs, Buffalo Soldiers, Tommy the Clown, black fraternities and sororities, and Masons marching in unity celebrating our culture and history.

This year, the parade will feature the Pasadena City College Band and Herald Trumpeters, along with 76 additional entries, including musicians, dancers, equestrians, local youth groups, dignitaries and community leaders.  The Grand Marshals are: Gary Moody, community activist and president of the NAACP Pasadena Branch, and Shirlette Butler-Elder, childcare advocate and director of Butler-Elder Family Child Care.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the historic Charles White Park at Fair Oaks Avenue and Ventura Street in Altadena; then heads south on Fair Oaks Avenue before ending at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena.  The parade lineup includes city officials, community dignitaries, John Muir and Blair high school bands, drill teams, The New Buffalo Soldiers, Real Ryderz Bike Club, Altadena Unique Red Hatters, Majestic Car Club, African-American sororities and fraternities, and more.

The festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on the north side of Robinson Park at Hammond Street. There will be live entertainment for both adults and children, including performances by the female rhythm and blues band, Klymaxx and 2013 Pasadena Idol winner Tori Harvey. The festival will also feature local food vendors and free info booths.

We will meet at Charles White Park at 9:00 a.m. and will carry our LACCD BFSA banner.  All groups participating in the parade are required to be in uniform, so we will wear all black with kente cloth sashes.  If you would like to purchase one, we have them available for purchase for $10.

Visit The City of Pasadena or www.pasadenablackhistorycommittee.com for more information about the parade.  Email Ayesha Randall at randalak@lattc.edu if you want to participate.  Also, follow the following link to download a flyer:  Black History Parade Flyer for LACCD BFSA.

Black History Bus Tour

15 Feb

LA 1878On Friday, February 21, 2014 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, discover the 1781 African connection to the founding of Los Angeles; travel to the Bridget “Biddy” Mason Memorial and learn the history about the first African-American—a former slave—to purchase land in Los Angeles; learn about the history of the Watts Tower; view the Mother of Humanity sculpture and tour the Civil Rights Museum; learn about the black entertainers like actress Louise Beavers, Pearl Bailey, Hattie McDaniels (first African American to win an Oscar), Earl Grant (jazz organist), and Ray Charles, of “Sugar Hill” in the 1940s; visit the historic mural in the oldest black church in Los Angeles, First AME; and much more!

Leading us on this journey is Tour Director, Dr. Toni-Mokjaetji Humber, professor of ethnic and women’s studies at Cal Poly Pomona and member of Our Authors Study Club, Inc., the Los Angeles chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc., established in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month.

$10 for BFSA Members | $20 for Non-BFSA Members / Optional Soul Food Buffet Lunch at Dulan’s on Crenshaw for an extra $15 / RSVP with Toni Johnson at x 7111 or johnsotn@lattc.edu.  Click the following link to download a flyer:  Black History Bus Tour of LA.

This event is sponsored by Los Angeles Community Colleges District Black Faculty & Staff Association.  Speak to your Professional Development Coordinator for information regarding flex credit.

President Tom Stevens of LATTC (1933-2013)

10 May

Tom StevensIn commemoration of the service of the longest serving community college president in the Los Angeles Community Colleges District’s history as well as in the state of California–from 1976 to 1995 (19 years)–the faculty and staff of LA Trade-Technical College honored former Los Angeles Trade-Technical College president, Thomas Lorenzo Stevens, Jr. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

As they did 18 years ago when “Stevens’ Square” (located outside of the newly constructed Magnolia Hall atrium) was named and dedicated with a plaque of Stevens’ Rules, the faculty and staff honored Stevens’ years of dedication to Los Angeles Trade-Technical College with words of reflection.  Dr. Roland “Chip” Chapdelaine, LATTC President; Chini Johnson, emeritus professor of counseling and former Academic Senate president; Dr. Bill Troost, retired public relations and media manager; Mel Berger, former business manager; Helen Beaird, former employment director; Don Misumi, emeritus professor of science, former administrator and union president; Dr. Ned Doffoney, chancellor of North Orange County Community College District; and Academic Senate President, Tom McFall gave beautiful words of reflection.  Afterwards, Stevens’ wife, Opal, gave closing remarks and thanked all who were in attendance.

Members of the LATTC Tom Stevens Memorial Committee:  Dr. Roland “Chip” Chapdelaine, LATTC President; Linda Cole, GAIN/CalWORKs Director, David Ysais, Director of Publicity; Chini Johnson, Faculty Emeritus; Richard Wells, Physical Education Professor; Toni Johnson, GAIN/CalWORKs Staff; Dr. Ayesha Randall, Accreditation, Faculty & Staff Development, Program Review, SLO Faculty Coordinator; Lori Hunter, EOP & S Staff; Kookie Murray, Veteran’s Office Staff.

For photos of the event, please visit here.


Born April9, 1933, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Thomas Lorenzo Stevens, Jr., the eldest of two children of the late Thomas Lorenzo Stevens, Sr. and Lanier Callion Stevens, passed on January 31, 2013 at Sunray Health Care Center, Los Angeles, California.

Having been home schooled for one year due to illness, he received the remainder of his elementary and secondary education at Merrill High School, Pine Bluff, graduating in 1950. Mr. Stevens matriculated at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (formerly Arkansas A.M. & N. College) and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1954.

In the difficult employment environment of the 1950’s in which he sought work, he took whatever job that availed itself to him. He drove the Bookmobile for the Pine Bluff Public Library, sold insurance at Watchtower Life Insurance Company in Houston, Texas and returned to Pine Bluff to work in the University’s Business Office. At that time, he married Opal Scott. In 1955, his tenure at this latter position was interrupted when he received greetings from the U.S. Government to report for duty with the U.S. Navy.

Upon discharge in 1957, he returned to pine Bluff again seeking employment, but having no success and in pursuit of a career track, he moved to Los Angeles. Eventually he found work at the U.S. Post Office. Night shift scheduling afforded him time during the day to continue his quest for a solid career path. In 1962, he landed an entry level position with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LACCD). Progressively, he received more responsibility and in 1969, the los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) was created, he migrated to the new LACCD administration.

Mr. Stevens concurrently earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Southern California, while accepting ever increasing administrative duties and responsibilities culminating in his becoming President of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in 1976, a position he held for 20 years. His combined total tenure was 33 years.

For relaxation, he enjoyed train travel, watching old western motives, boxing and listening to jazz as well as classical performances.

During his formative years in Pine Bluff, Mr. Stevens was a member of St. John A.M.E. Church. He later became a member of Founder’s Church of Religious Science.

He is a past member of the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors, Twelfth District San Francisco; Boards of Directors Albertson’s Foods, Goodwill Industries, Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC), The Boy Scouts of America, and was affiliated with several political and civic organizations in the Greater Los Angeles Community. He was a member of Kappa alpha Psi Fraternity

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Opal Scott Stevens of Los Angeles; a brother, William C. Stevens (Bettye) of San Francisco; nephew, Keith Courts of Oakland, California and a host of relatives, friends and colleagues.

Juneteenth 2012 at Trade

21 Jun

Juneteenth is an annual observance on June 19th to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. This day is an opportunity for people to celebrate freedom and equal rights in the United States.  The Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Black Faculty & Staff Association (LATTC BFSA) celebrated its first annual Juneteenth event with a campus-wide potluck luncheon.  Over 90 faculty, staff, and administrators fellowshipped together over delicious soul food ranging from homemade dishes and store-bought favorites like fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, homemade soulful coleslaw, chili, catfish nuggets, and chicken salad.  For dessert there were favorites like red velvet cake, banana pudding, sweet potato pie, chocolate cake, peach cobbler, pineapple upside down cake, and fresh fruit.  Admission & Record’s Carolyn Walker even blessed the event with down home pork dishes like grilled pig feet, chitterlings (aka “chitlins”), collard greens and cabbage, and hot water cornbread!  Many of the guests remarked that once in a while, this kind of eating was acceptable.  But of course, with the high rates of chronic diseases in the African-American community, this kind of eating can’t be an everyday occurrence.  So guests were also talking about ways to burn off the good eats.  In preparing for her upcoming nuptials, Lori Hunter of EOP & S and other staff members amended their daily stair exercise workout to two trips up and down, instead of one trip.  Another guest suggested following his meal with some ginger and citrus fruit.  And to burn off more calories, guests danced to golden oldies deejayed by Dean Derek Majors.

The Trade-Tech Black Faculty & Staff Association organized the event with the leadership of Linda Cole, VP of LATTC BFSA and Toni Johnson, Secretary.

The event took place in the TE conference room and was decorated with United States and Juneteenth flags.  At each table, there was a bottle of red punch, the Juneteenth flag, and a laminated History of Juneteenth leaflet, a keepsake for guests.  During the event, several short Juneteenth videos played and a compilation of photos from early 1900s to the 2012 LACCD Black Graduation Celebration ran on the big screen.

“This is the kind of camaraderie that strengthens the ties between the faculty, staff, and administrators, and creates a wonderful and harmonious working environment,” Ayesha Randall, SLO Coordinator, remarked.  “This was a beautiful event.  This is the foundation of a unified team environment–something that definitely supports and indirectly positively affects our students’ success.”  For more photos from the event, visit this link.