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A Conversation about the George Floyd Protests
A Conversation about the George Floyd Protests

Dr. Llanet Martin (Associate Dean of Student Services), Scott Weigand (Director of the Academic Resource Center, and Dr. John Kawai (Math Professor) talk about the George Floyd protests and issues of equity on campus.​

Dr. Annie Reed--Associate Dean of Student Services
Dr. Annie Reed--Associate Dean of Student Services

Suppose you do something wrong on campus, who exactly is going to have a conversation with you? Meet Dr. Annie Reed, our administrator who helps arbitrate between what is fair and not fair between students and faculty on campus.

Producer/Engineer Jess Callejas

Florentino Manzano, VP of Student Services
Florentino Manzano, VP of Student Services

As a young teen, Florentino followed the crops picking fruit/vegetables from California to Mexico and back. His lifelong aspirational community advocacy has been the stabilizing soul of the LA Valley College administration.

Jonathan Arnold Esq. – Director of Extension
Jonathan Arnold Esq. – Director of Extension

What can a major based on studying the 50 great historic works of literature lead to? Oxford Law School, international corporate law for the aerospace industry, trustee of the local bar association, and now LA Valley College. Meet Johnathan Arnold who is not only the heart and soul of our paralegal program but also human resources and our entire offering of extension courses. Find out why our extension program is the fastest way to jump-start a student’s career.

Producer/Engineer Jess Callejas

Ellie Rabani, Director of CalWorks
Ellie Rabani, Director of CalWorks

Hungry? Ellie saw that too many students on campus have food insecurity. She decided to partner local farmers markets and schools to give away organic food to students every week on the LA Valley campus. Find out what making a difference at scale looks like. 

Scott Weigand – Director of the Academic Resource Center
Scott Weigand – Director of the Academic Resource Center

Imagine floating between jobs, careers and different colleges. How did a career challenge focus Scott’s life to one of supporting and building up faculty, students, and peers? Hear the story behind one of the podcast’s hosts, Scott Weigand.

 

April Forest, LA Valley/Pitzer College Alumni
April Forest, LA Valley/Pitzer College Alumni

How does a single mom without straight A’s get an elite private college to pay for her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and travel to research in Africa, Puerto Rico and Asia? What kind of person does Pitzer College want to invest in? (Warning mature topics and words used.)

Dr. Erika Endrijonas – Former President of Los Angeles Valley College
Dr. Erika Endrijonas – Former President of Los Angeles Valley College

Ever wondered about the path to becoming a college president? Meet Dr. Erika Endrijonas, former LAVC President and now Superintendent/President at Pasadena City College.  Listen to her journey that details her path from undergraduate school to being engaged in transformative work across different colleges in support of student success. 

Dr. Darby Southgate, Sociology Professor
Dr. Darby Southgate, Sociology Professor

Have you ever fantasized about sneaking out of your house and hanging out with rock stars in the local clubs? As a kid, Darby Southgate lived that fantasy. Hear her story as she details her passion for music and the path that ultimately led her to pursue an academic career as a sociologist focused on teaching, publishing, and research.  

Clive Gordon: Career Counselor
Clive Gordon: Career Counselor

Follow Clive’s story of selling fruit on the streets of Belize to traveling Europe in service of our country to becoming a career counselor who helps students find a professional direction in their lives.​

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