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Committee Meeting Dates

Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2 pm.

Location: Administration & Career Advancement Building (ACA) 2502.

Committee Members

Sorangel Hernandez, Dean, Student Services
Raul Castillo, Director, LAVC Foundation
Deborah diCesare, Dean, Academic Affairs
Sherri Rodriguez, Dean, Student Services

Faculty Members
Ruby Christian-Brougham, Psychology
Howard Levine, BusinessXiaoyang Liu-Behlendorf, Library
Ellie Rabani, CalWORKs
Marni Roosevelt, Child Development

Classified Members
Maria Calpito, SFP Director
Nona Matatova, Grants Coordinator
Robert Medina,  College Financial Administrator
Alicen Vera, CalWORKs

Resource Members
Michelle Fowles, Dean, Institutional Effectiveness
Laurie Nalepa, Dean, Academic Affairs
Sarah Song, Associate VP Administrative Services.




Grants History




Project Title: Leveraging Data for Student Parent Success FUNDED 

Funding Agency: ECMC Foundation 

Grant Amount: $149,900 

Funding Period: May 2020 – November 2021 

Project Director: Marni Roosevelt 


Description:  With this funding, the FRC will work with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and LAVC’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) to: 1) analyze current data on students who accessed FRC services compared with students who did not, 2) improve and expand metrics for future data collection, and to 3) release a report and summary fact sheet featuring findings from analysis of FRC program data. This research will enable FRC to expand and elevate programming, as well as inform policy design, which shows promise for improving outcomes for student parents in higher education. The FRC has grown immensely in the last eight years, and will also use this data to update our toolkit and website. 

Funding Agency: Foundation for CA Community Colleges
Grant Amount: N/A
Funding Period: Fall 2019 – 6/30/2021
Project Director: Llanet Martin

Description: Access to legal resources for undocumented students on campus.

Project Title: Umoja Black Scholars – FUNDED
Funding Agency: Umoja Community Education Foundation
Grant Amount: $10,000
Funding Period: 11/2019 – 07/2020
Project Director: Llanet Martin and Eliott Coney

Description:  The Umoja Black Scholars space houses all efforts to support our Black students and will house these efforts. Outcomes include increased student success in Umoja courses, and increased student engagement in the UBS space.

Project Title: Projecto Adelante - Connect, Continue, Complete – FUNDED
Funding Agency: US Department of Education
Grant Amount: $3,000,000
Funding Period: October 2019 - September 2024
Project Director: Sorangel Hernandez

Description: Proyecto Adelante: Connect, Continue, Complete (PAC3) is designed to make the most meaningful impact for LAVC to move forward/ahead (adelante in Spanish) by bringing about a transformation that connects students to the college, so they can continue their educational endeavors, and complete their education.  There are four goals: 1: Improve the rate of Hispanic and low-income student enrollment. 2: Improve Hispanic and low-income student retention, persistence, and completion rates. 3: Transform the College's instructional environment and support services by offering all college personnel a year-round calendar of culturally inclusive and equity-minded professional development activities. 4: Provide students ongoing guidance and training beyond transfer to increase their personal literacy and their knowledge of higher education financing and repayment, and their skills to aim building personal financial understanding and responsibility.

Project Title: Museum Processing/Cataloging Assistance Grant - FUNDED
Funding Agency: California Revealed Project
Grant Amount: $10,000
Funding Period: 6/1/2019-8/31/2019
Project Director: Xiaoyang Behlendorf

Description:  Cataloging for LAVC Historical Museum of 550 item-level records for the Valley Star newspaper and 450 item-level records for the Van Nuys Women’s Club collection. The LAVC Historical Museum collection contributes to the student learning. Faculty integrate the collection for classroom activities and student projects.

Project Title: HOPE (Having Online Positive Experiences) FUNDED
Funding Agency: CCCCO through Foothill – De Anza Community College District
Grant Amount: $ 500,000
Funding Period: July 2019 - June 2020
Project Director: Laurie Nalepa
Description: LAVC proposes a three-pronged approach to further support faculty and students’ ability to effectively communicate learning concepts. This approach targets:
• Quality of online instruction 
• Career Readiness for students
• Bridging the gaps in success and retention
Project Title: Workforce Accelerator Fund 7.0 - FUNDED
Funding Agency: California Workforce Development Board
Grant Amount: $  260,000 
Funding Period: 2019-2020
Project Director: Marni Roosevelt
Description: This project brings together the LAVC Family Resource Center, Workforce Development Department and the Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium to implement activities and system changes to help low-income parents, particularly single mothers, access job training and reliable childcare, balance family obligations, and obtain living wage jobs. This approach will benefit the long-term success of both the parent and their children (representing the future workforce).
Project Title: AB-798 Open Educational Resources Grant Bonus - FUNDED
Funding Agency: CCCCO
Grant Amount: $ 50,000
Funding Period: 7/1/2018-6/30/2020
Project Director: Meghan Cason
Description: Through faculty adoption of OER, the expected outcome is a 75% cost reduction in at least 49 course sections over a two year period. The project will be carried out by a textbook affordability coordinator who will provide OER-related professional development and other support to faculty.


Project Title: Family Resource Center – FUNDED
Funding Agency: Parson’s Foundation
Grant Amount: $ 50,000
Funding Period: 1/1/2019-12/31/2019
Project Director: Marni Roosevelt
Description: The Family Resource Center reduces barriers to higher education and jobs through a whole-family approach. We know there are greater opportunities for success when the family unit is strong.
Project Title: Title V H.S.I. Cooperative Grant (Supplemental Funding) – FUNDED 
Funding Agency: US Department of Education
Grant Amount:  $115,722
Funding Period: 10/1/18-9/30/19
Project Director: Sorangel Hernandez
Description: The supplemental funding will go to develop robust professional development in the areas of financial literacy and cultural responsiveness training (free speech). Faculty will use this training to redesign their courses to include financial literacy and CRT in their lectures, assignments, and/or activities. Furthermore, a CRT and Financial Literacy curriculum will be developed that can be accessed by college personnel and students online.

Project Title: LAVC Healthy Campus – FUNDED
Funding Agency: Truth Initiative - Tobacco-Free Grants for Minority-Serving Institutions
Grant Amount: $19,998
Funding Period: 2/1/19 – 6/30/20
Project Director: Dr. Bill Wallis
Description: Increase awareness of the new policy and a shift in campus culture that will embody a smoke and tobacco-free lifestyle. Additionally, offer college credit to our Student Ambassadors who volunteer to assist with the program throughout Cooperative Education Department. Student Ambassadors will be able to earn one college credit toward their degree or transfer credits under the supervision of our Student Heath Center. The project leads will facilitate various meetings with Student Ambassadors and Department heads as well as coordinate events, including preparing marketing materials. Upon receipt of this grant, we can begin with ordering marketing materials to begin engaging students and raising awareness. Our team can then proceed with establishing our Student Ambassador team and planning events on campus. We will maintain awareness of new no-smoking and tobacco free policies on campus through regular ad consistent signage, website reminders, marquee announcements, promotional material giveaways, and the presence of Student Ambassadors in classrooms and at school events.


Project Title: Helping Hands Stipend GrantSUBMITTED 

Funding Agency: NACAS Foundation  

Grant Amount: $5,000 

Funding Period: Summer/Fall 2020 

Project Director: Ellie Rabani 


Description: Assist students with their basic needs such as food, housing and school supplies.  


Project Title: Museum Open House featuring San Fernando Valley Historians SUBMITTED 

Funding Agency: California Humanities  

Grant Amount: $5,000 

Funding Period: 9/2020-8/2021 

Project Director: Xiaoyang Behlendorf 


Description: Museum is planning to hold event(s) to highlight San Fernando Valley History and the Museum’s Collections. 


Project Title: TRiO – Student Support Services – SUBMITTED
Funding Agency: US Department of Education
Grant Amount: $1,250,000
Funding Period: 9/1/2020 - 8/31/2025
Project Director: Julia Mendoza
Description:  Project will provide resources to help with student retention and completion specifically for those students identified and low income, first generation college going students.
Project Title: California Revealed Digitization – SUBMITTED
Funding Agency: California Revealed
Grant Amount: N /A
Funding Period: N /A
Project Director: Xiaoyang Behlendorf

Description:  California Revealed will digitize the nominated collections (Valley Star 1949-2019 and Van Nuys Women’s club) and make them available on It will be considered a success when the digitized collections are available on



Project Title: US Economic Development AdministrationDENIED
Funding Agency: Accelerating the Formation of Technology-Based Ventures in the SFV
Grant Amount: $ 31,500
Funding Period: October 2019 - September 2022
Project Director: Michael Rahni
Description: As a partner institution with CSUN, CSIS Department will:
1. communicate with the community college students in the area, of the availability of existing and new CSUN entrepreneurship events (I-Corps, Jams, Networking events, Pitch competitions, etc.)
2. promote the events to the students at partner institutions.
3. host two grant-related events per year at LAVC.
The success of the program will be measured by how many students participate in the grant related events.


Project Title: Whitsett Collection Digitization – DENIED 
Funding Agency: California State Library – California Revealed
Grant Amount: no cost service only
Funding Period: October 2018-2019
Project Director: Xiaoyang Behlendorf
Description: The grant will pay to continue digitization of the collection including sound recordings, documents, photos by an outside company selected by California Revealed. The collection will be made available on the California Revealed website and the college website will have a link as well.   


Project Title: ICT & Digital Media - LA RDSN (Renewal) – DENIED 
Funding Agency: CCCCO EWD
Grant Amount: $ 165,000
Funding Period: 10/1/2018-6/30/2019
Project Director: Dan Watanabe
Description: This is a proposal to renew the Deputy Sector Navigator grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Department of Economic and Workforce Development Information Communications Technologies and Digital Media Sector. Working under Sector Navigator Steve Wright, the LA Region Focuses on curriculum development, revision, and articulation both upward with four year universities and down to K-12. 


Project Title: GEAR UP – DENIED
Funding Agency: US Department of Education
Grant Amount:  $1, 516,253
Funding Period: 7/1/2018-6/30/2020
Project Director: Nona Matatova
Description: The ultimate goal of the Los Angeles Valley College Partnership is to increase the college graduation rate of GEAR UP students. Objectives are as follows: 1) Increase academic performance and preparation for post- secondary education; 2) Increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in post-secondary education; 3) Increase GEAR UP students’ and their families’ knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation and financing; 4) Improve the college-going culture at target schools; 5) Lower the college remediation rate; and 6) Increase college persistency rates.  The project will be carried out at the schools listed above. The success will be measured by improved graduation rates from high school, increased college enrollment rates, and increased college and financial aid knowledge rates.