The final full week of Los Angeles Southwest College's Black History Month celebration kicks off at noon Tuesday, Feb. 23, on Zoom with a healing Memorial Circle that will honor ancestors and loved ones that have transitioned from this life to next. Continue their legacy, say their names. Learn more.
Try to guess what famous Black historical figures are being portrayed on screen and be rewarded for your knowledge at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, on Zoom. Gift cards will be provided to the winners. Learn more.
LASC's annual Read-In Event will focus on the speech "King's Challenge to the Nation's Social Scientists" at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, on Zoom. Readers will reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy and the relevance of his words in our lives today. Register here or learn more.
Reclaim yoga's Egyptian roots, activate your body's energy centers, and focus on your breath in an "Introduction to Kemetic Yoga" session with Ebony Yoga at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, on Zoom. Learn more.
LASC's theater program have created a powerful piece of theater with their new virtual project titled "George Floyd." The performance will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. The students recently presented it at the Region 8 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and were awarded "Outstanding Ensemble." Watch the show.
The African American Outreach Initiative (AAOI) is inviting you to its Black History Month celebration at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23., featuring music, games, networking, and special remarks from Dr. Edward Bush, the co-founder of the African-American Male Education Network and Development (A2Mend). Register here. Submissions are being accepted for the #unitychallenge (watch this video for details).
Employees and students will be able to channel their emotions into a masterpiece at 1 p.m. March 3 at the "Paint & Breathe" event on Zoom. LASC's Art faculty member Santos Vazquez will lead the session. Learn more. The first 30 students who registers will receive art supplies.
In celebration of Black History Month, LASC's Art Gallery is pleased to present “Agency: Reclamation of Our Stories” - a solo virtual exhibition by Gena Rynae Smith. To view the exhibition, visit the Gallery's Facebook page.
Susan Peterson, a custodian at LASC, recently passed away from natural causes. Susan was well respected and adored by her colleagues. For LASC members who would like to send cards of condolence or flowers to her family, they can do so by mailing The Peterson Family, 746 W. 105th St., Los Angeles, Calif., 90044.
Employees interested in learning more about Open Educational Resources can get answers every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. on Zoom. Learn more.
Los Angeles Community College District's (LACCD) Distance Education is offering a four-week course titled "Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning" from Monday, Feb. 22, to March 22. Register in the Vision Resource Center.
To provide students with reliable, high-speed internet access — and in keeping with social-distancing directives issued by county, state, and national officials — LASC has launched “Drive-Up Wi-Fi." Students are welcome to drive to LASC, park in our parking lot and get FREE Wi-Fi! Learn more.
LACCD is undergoing modernization of foundational technologies including a complete website redesign, build-out of an Intranet environment, and enablement of collaboration sites. These efforts are taking place concurrently and completion is expected in 2021. Learn more.
Join LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, Ph.D., and members of the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Black/African American Students for an important conversation on "Blacks and African Americans at LACCD: Data Implications for Policy and Practice." This meeting will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. Register here.
Two COVID-19 related leaves mandated by the federal government - the Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Emergency Family Medical Leave Act (EFMLA) - expired Dec. 31, 2020. LACCD will continue to provide EPSL and EFMLA leave benefits through March 31, 2021. Leaves forms are available here.
LACCD is hosting several webinars in the weeks ahead to support Distance Education teaching. For a full list of the upcoming webinars, visit here. The webinars are updated frequently so keep checking back.
SAVE THE DATE: LACCD's African American Outreach Initiative Program presents the 2021 Virtual Black Graduation Celebration: A Cultural Ceremony Honoring Students! The celebration is from 3-5 p.m. May 25. Learn more.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, LASC's campus is closed to the public, but almost all classes are offered in a remote learning (online) model using Canvas and all student services and business operations will be offered online. Keep up with the latest CVOID-19 news with LACCD's FAQ page.
LASC's Spring Semester information guide for students details support and resources available to students such as tutoring, health and technology. Learn more. Students can live chat with our support programs this semester by visiting this link. Information on resources such as housing, WiFi, and food accessibility are available here.
In the interest of furthering the educational objectives of students, LASC's Library will make available a Google Chromebook or Surface GO for one academic year for a student actively enrolled at the college. Learn more.

LASC has a telephone hotline for employees to call with any general issues or concerns they might have related to operations as well as the impact of COVID-19. Contact the FreshDesk/FreshCaller hotline in the Winter Session from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays at (323) 274-1680 or
LASC's Multipurpose Room 127 in the SoCTE Building will serve as a polling place for the upcoming state Senate District 30 election. Voters can cast their ballots from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through March 1 as well as from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day, March 2. Candidates running to fill this seat can be viewed here.
Students are invited to learn how being a TRiO Scholars program participant can help them achieve their educational transfer goals from 10-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through March 17 on Zoom. Learn more.
All LASC students are invited to a workgroup put on by the Guided Pathways program to have their voice be heard in shaping the future of the college at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. Learn more. There will also be a free digital gift card giveaway.
LASC's Dream Resource Center will be hosting a virtual California Dream Act workshop at noon Tuesday, Feb. 23, to assist students with their Dream Act application prior to the March 2 deadline. Learn more.
West Angeles Community 
Development Corporation has a $50K grant to assist residents within the zip codes of 90008 and 90043 that are having problems paying rent due to COVID-19. For eligibility and how to apply, send an email to

Martin Luther King Community Medical Group are making COVID-19 vaccines available to seniors living within a five-mile radius of the Martin Luther King Community Medical Group East Compton and Wilmington clinics. Appointments are required and the cost is free. No walks-ins. Learn more.

The Theta Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is hosting a virtual three-part series on COVID-19 vaccinations.  The series will address concerns with taking the vaccine, provide accurate information, and highlight Black excellence in medicine, public health, and medical research. Register here.

Microsofts has created a "Blacks at Microsoft" (BAM) scholarships for students. The BAM Scholarship was created to enable Black and African American students to attend college and pursue a career in technology. 
The goal is to empower future generations to do and be more. The deadline is March 31. Learn more.

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LASC's President Dr. Seher Awan is inviting all employees to a virtual town hall at 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday to receive updates and chat questions to her. The Town Hall can be accessed via Zoom at or by phone at (669) 900-6833. Meeting ID is 924 9400 3345. Recent town halls can be viewed here.