A ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the LAVC new Mosaic Village: Unity Center on November 15, 2022.
Los Angeles Valley College celebrated the opening its new Mosaic Village: Unity Center, which is the new home the LAVC Dream Resource Center, Rainbow Pride Center, Puente Program, and Basic Needs Center, in Campus Center 127. “We appreciate everyone joining together to celebrate the opening of our new Unity Center and ensuring that all of our students, including our students who are Dreamers, LGBTQIA+, and/or experiencing basic needs insecurities are welcome and have a truly safe space. We remain united and resolute in support of our students.” Dr. Barry Gribbons, president, Los Angeles Valley College.
The Mosaic Village brings together the college’s support programs for Dreamers, LGBTQIA+, Latinx, and those who seek basic needs services:
- The LAVC Basic Needs Center connects and helps students navigate resources in the community to alleviate their basic need challenges, including support for food, housing, technology, financial, transportation, personal hygiene, childcare, mental, physical, medical resources, and any related needs. For assistance, contact Juan Castellanos, Counselor/Coordinator, at email@example.com or (818) 778-5965.
- The LAVC Dream Resource Center supports undocumented students throughout their educational journey with counseling, financial support & more. It offers a variety of services and resources to promote the success of our current and prospective students. For assistance, contact Javier Carbajal-Ramos, Counselor/Coordinator, at CARBAJJ@laccd.edu.
- The LAVC Rainbow Pride Center is a safe and all-inclusive space open to all students, faculty and staff regardless of their sex, gender identity and/or sexual orientation. For assistance, contact Natalie Guerrero, Counselor/Coordinator, at (818) 947-2389 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Puente Program at LAVC is a transfer-support program for Latinx students that provides specialized counseling, cultural enrichment, university exposure, and mentoring to help students transfer to universities. For more information, contact Ruth Vasquez, Counselor, at email@example.com.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles Valley College is creating an inclusive space for all our students to feel welcome and have a sense of belonging,” said Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez. “Fulfilling the inclusive mission of LACCD, Mosaic Village will be the first in the district to provide students with a community-inclusive safe location. I look forward to seeing how this resource will provide an affirming hub.”
“As an alumna of Valley College and as someone that advocates for all our students, I am proud to represent and support the new Mosaic Village,” adds LACCD Board member Andra Hoffman. “We need more spaces like this that meet the social and emotional needs of our students.”
This location expands upon the existing support services available at the Mosaic Center: Umoja Black Scholars Program for LAVC students of color, and Mosaic Center: Veteran Services supporting active duty service members, veteran and their families.