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LAVC Welcomes Elliott Coney, Black Scholars Counselor

Elliott Coney has joined the LAVC Black Scholars program as its new Counselor. He will meet with students for educational planning and coordinate campus efforts to connect students in the program with existing resources.

LAVC Welcomes Elliott Coney, Black Scholars Counselor

The LAVC Equity announced that Dr. Elliott Coney has recently joined the LAVC Black Scholars program as its new counselor.

As a counselor, he will meet with students in the Black Scholars program for educational planning and coordinate campus efforts to connect students in the program with existing resources. 

The LAVC Black Scholars Program is a mentorship program, designated to serve African American/Black students on the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) campus. We aim to help students define their future, direct their path, ignite their passion, and acquire their dream. This program is strategically designed to increase the retention of Black students at LAVC, but also to increase the matriculation of Black students into four-year institutions. In order to achieve this success, Black students will be welcomed into the Black Scholars Network. For more information, visit the LAVC Black Scholars Web page.

Dr. Coney is a versatile and equity-minded community college professional with demonstrative success in supporting and engaging underrepresented, racially-minoritized, and at-risk community college student populations. As a first-generation graduate from South Central Los Angeles, he is student-first oriented with special interest in the collegiate access, transition, and success of men of color in the community college.

He previously supported dual-enrollment students with college preparation services as a member of the Los Angeles Valley College ACE counseling faculty. He has additionally spent three years in various student success and support functions focusing mainly on the Student Success Act SB-1456 at West Los Angeles College.

His community college background includes instruction, transfer, special populations, learning communities, Summer Bridge, and Student Success and Support Programs.

Dr. Coney has also conducted, authored, and presented research on transitional challenges of African American athletes at predominantly white institutions (PWI), and the administrative perspectives of best practice contingencies for Active Shooter readiness in community colleges. Additionally, he has recently published an article in the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College on the effects of institutional services on persistence of African American males. 

He is an alumnus of San Diego State University, University of Southern California, and Hampton University, where he was also a student-athlete.

Beyond the scope of the academy, Coney’s greatest passion is to support youth sports programs and athletes in his community with academic readiness through general education courses as the Director of his own non-profit. He is an ENTP, avid lover of boxing, and excited to join the LAVC team. 

Elliott's office is located in the Mosaic Center, which is on the second floor of the Student Services Center, and he can be reached at


Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 2/7/2018 5:00:07 PM