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LAVC Monarch News Employee Newsletter - April 2019


LAVC Monarch News

Volume 1, Issue 8: April 2019


LAVC Arbor Day tree plantingLAVC Named a Tree Campus USA for 8th Year in a Row

Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin Documentary Screening flyerOBOC Screening of Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin Documentary

Armenian Heritage Celebration flyerLAVC Celebrates Armenian Heritage on April 17

Safe Zone Ally TrainingPD CornerIntroducing the new LAVC Safe Zone Ally Training program



LAVC Named a Tree Campus USA for the 8th Year in a Row

LAVC Arbor Day tree plantingLos Angeles Valley College has earned its eighth consecutive Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation. Students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate this achievement at LAVC's Arbor Day Celebration on April 24 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Union Plaza. This event features an award ceremony, student writing contest, tree planting, a scavenger hunt, and light refreshments. The 2018 Tree Campus USA® designation recognizes LAVC for being a leader in promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. LAVC was the first California community college to receive this designation in 2011, and has the most Tree Campus USA designations out of all the California community colleges. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.


LAVC OBOC Presents Free Screening with Q&A on the Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin Documentary

Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin Documentary Screening flyerThe LAVC OBOC Program is holding a special screening of the first-ever documentary about Ursula K. Le Guin, the author of this year's college-wide shared book The Left Hand of Darkness, on Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the LAVC Music Recital Hall. The award-winning feature-length documentary explores the life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin, who defiantly held her ground on the margins of "respectable literature, until her work forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Light refreshments will be served before the screening. The free screening is followed by a panel discussion with the film's producer/director and editor. The event is free and open to all students, faculty and staff! Read more on the LAVC News Blog. 


LA Valley College Celebrates Armenian Heritage on April 17 

Armenian Heritage CelebrationLos Angeles Valley College invites students, faculty and staff to the its annual Armenian Heritage Celebration on Wednesday, April 17 from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Student Services Plaza. The event features a lunch catered by Armenian chefs, as well as musical performances by Narek Makaryan, Gagik Badalyan, Karapet Sarafyan, and Garik Hovsepyan. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.



Introducing the new LAVC Safe Zone Alley Training

Safe Zone Ally Training participants

LAVC Professional Development, in partnership with Equity and Teaching Innovations Academy, launched LAVC Safe Zone Ally program this month. The Safe Zone Ally program offers training in how to be a proactive ally for groups that encounter barriers due to the way society views and treats them. Safe Zone is a national program, and we’re excited to have our own LAVC version!

The LAVC Safe Zone Ally Program is a network of faculty and staff who are visibly supportive of groups of people on campus that are often marginalized. A Safe Zone Ally is a campus employee who has participated in the LAVC Culturally Inclusive online training, attended Safe Zone Ally workshops, and agreed to be an Ally. Participants at the Safe Zone training workshop will learn about topics and terminology, receive resources and referral info, interact with panels of students, and discuss ways of being an Ally.

After attending, participants may choose to sign a contract promising to be a “safe space”, and receive a Safe Zone Ally placard and button to display. Each Safe Zone Ally will display a small poster in their office area. Allies also have Safe Zone t-shirts, coffee mugs, and buttons to identify themselves. Those who have attended a Safe Zone Ally Training may choose to further their knowledge by attending continued trainings to learn about additional marginalized groups and earn badges as they progress.

Over 30 people are currently participating an online Culturally Inclusive course on Canvas. This course is a part of our Teaching Innovations Academy (TIA) and is the first step into becoming a Safe Zone Ally. 

On Friday, April 12, the first Safe Zone Ally workshop was held. This full day workshop covered two groups: the LGBTQ+ student community and Undocumented students. Presenters were Hasmik Arakelyan, Jennifer Galvez, and Sergio Belloso. After this day of training, participants were given the opportunity to sign Safe Zone Ally contracts and commit to becoming a visibly “safe space” for students who often need support.

If you would like to become a Safe Zone Ally, the first thing to do is sign up for the Culturally Inclusive online course through Eventbrite. You may enroll at any time. If you do not have a Canvas account, please email LAVC Professional Development and we can provide you will the process to get one.

Once you have completed the online course, you can then participate in our workshops. Watch for flyers and emails announcing these workshops as they will be offered throughout the year. In addition to training regarding Undocumented and LGBTQ+ students, we plan on other student groups joining the Safe Zone Ally program including Foster Youth and Black Scholars. 

In addition, our B.U.I.L.D. Series continues this month with two activities. On Wednesday, April 17, everyone is invited to a Video and Conversation gathering from 1-2 p.m in the Fireside Room (inside Campus Center). You are welcome to attend whether or not you are reading our current book Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. The short video provides enough information for everyone to join in the discussion. 

On Wednesday, April 24, the PDC Book Group will be holding the third book group discussion on Nudge.  If you would like to participate in this campus book group, please check out a book in LARC 200 (Library) and join us! We will meet in the ProfDev Center, LARC 200, from 1-2 p.m. We will be discussing Part 2 of the book.

For more information, contact Jeanne Owens at (818) 947-2569 or by email or Sally Raskoff at (818) 947-7256 in the LAVC Professional Development Office, stop by the Professional Development Center in LARC 200, or visit the LAVC Professional Development Web page.



LA Valley College Family Resource Center Provides Vital Services to Students with Kids
89.3 KPCC / Southern California Public Radio
Aired: March 29, 2019
Adofo Guzman-Lopez shares a unique, decades-old program at LA Valley College is serving as a model to help college students with kids. The Family Resource Center is the only one of its kind in the 114-campus California community college system. Primarily funded by grants from foundations, the center’s ten full and part-time staff helps about 1,000 students each year with free and low-cost child care and other support services.

Nearly 1 in 3 Community College Students is a Parent. Here's How to Keep Them in Class
Published: March 29, 2019
Adofo Guzman-Lopez featured an article on how the LAVC Family Resource Center is helping student parents. Marni Roosevelt, LAVC Family Resource Center director, Amber Angel, LAVC Family Resource Center coordinator, and Eden Bryant, LAVC student, were interviewed.

Helpful Honda Commercial: EMT Tuition (via Facebook)
Aired: March 2019
A Helpful Honda Guy surprised students in LAVC's Emergency Services Technician course in a Random Act of Helpfulness® commerical for Honda of Southern California. Because the students want to help other by being an EMT, Honda helped them out by paying for their tuition for the class. 



The following is a selection of events & academic dates on the LAVC Calendar for April 2019 (as of 4/1/19):

Academic Dates & Holidays

Mar. 29-Apr. 5: NO CLASSES - Spring Break 2019
Apr. 1: CAMPUS CLOSED - Cesar Chavez Day

Committee Meetings

Apr. 8: Educational Planning Committee (EPC) @ 1:30pm
Apr. 11: Program Effectiveness & Planning Committee (PEPC) @ 1:30pm; Joint Facilities Planning Committee (FPC) & Bond Work Group (BWG) Meeting re: Facilities Master Planning Update @ 3pm
Apr. 15: Outcomes Assessment Committee (OAC) @ 1:30pm; Budget Committee @ 1:30pm
Apr. 16: Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) @ 1:30pm
Apr. 17: Grants Committee @ 2pm; Technology Committee @ 2:30pm
Apr. 24: Guided Pathways Steering Committee @ 1:15pm
Apr. 25: Committee for Academic Resources and Tutoring Services (CARTS) @ 1pm; Work Environment Committee (WEC) @ 1:15pm; Enrollment Management Committee (EMC) @ 1:30pm; Bond Work Group (BWG) @ 3pm
Apr. 26: Urban Forest Committee @ 1pm

Faculty/Staff Events

Apr. 2: Office 365 Migration Preparation Workshop @ 2pm
Apr. 4: Office 365 Migration Preparation Workshop @ 3pm
Apr. 8: Office 365 Migration Preparation Workshop @ 10am; Office 365 Migration Preparation Workshop @ 3:30pm
Apr. 18: Academic Senate @ 1:10pm
Apr. 22: Student Success Seminar for Faculty - Technology in the Classroom @ 2pm; President's Office Hours for Staff @ 3:30-5pm
Apr. 23: Student Success Seminar for Faculty - Technology in the Classroom @ 5pm
Apr. 24: AFT Staff Guild (AFT1521a) Meeting @ 12pm; COLLEGE HOUR: Prof Dev Book Club: The Nudge Edition @ 1pm
Apr. 26: President's Office Hours for Faculty @ 2pm

Campus Events

Apr. 8: American Red Cross Blood Drive @ 9am-3pm
Apr. 10: ASU Club Day: Sexual Assault Awareness @ 9am-1pm; OBOC/COLLEGE HOUR: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin Documentary Film Screening @ 1pm
Apr. 17: Armenian Heritage Celebration @ 12:30pm
Apr. 24: Arbor Day 2019 @ 8:30am-1:30pm; ASU Club Day: Earth Day @ 9am-1pm
Apr. 25: LAVC Historical Museum Open House @ 1-2pm

Athletic Events

Apr. 2: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. LA Mission @ 2:30pm
Apr. 6: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. West LA @ 2pm
Apr. 16: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. Oxnard @ 2pm; LAVC Women's Softball Game vs. Victor Valley @ 2:30pm
Apr. 23: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. LA Pierce @ 2:30pm
Apr. 25: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. LA Mission @ 2:30pm

Fine/Performing Arts Events

Mar. 27-May 2: Print as Protest Art Exhibition (hours vary)
Apr. 13: Commercial Music Concert - Songs of Broadway @ 7pm
Apr. 17: LAVC Piano Class/Voice Class Showcase @ 1:30pm

Community Events

Apr. 22: Vocal Health Seminar @ 6:45pm
Apr. 23: 2019 Health Expo & Career Fair @ 8:30am-12:30pm


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