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August 27, 2018

Welcome Back
 

Hello Monarch Family:
 
Welcome to Fall 2018!  It was great to see everyone at faculty Opening Day on Thursday and Staff Opening day on Friday.  There was a lot of great energy in the air, and I am looking forward to the 2018-2019 academic year. 
 
Just a reminder that I know I went through a great deal of information quickly, especially about the budget and the new state funding formula, but I will be holding some budget information sessions this fall as more details become available about what the new formula means for us.  In fact, the new funding formula is the first item on the agenda for the Executive Committee of the District Budget Committee (ECDBC) meeting tomorrow, and I expect it to remain ECDBC’s top priority this year until a new district allocation model is developed and taken through the District Budget Committee and ultimately approved by the Board of Trustees.  Stayed tuned!
 
The campus seemed very busy this morning, with lots of students looking for help finding their classes, which is great news.  In addition to the information tents and tables around campus, I appreciated the many college staff and faculty I saw helping direct students who looked a bit lost.  Our headcount is up a little, but our enrollments are flat relative to last Fall.  This is true for most of the district, but we won’t really know our actual numbers until Census.   
 
I have attached a flyer for the Implicit Bias workshop (PDF) on Friday, September 14, from 9-11:30 a.m. in Monarch Hall. Coffee and pastries will be served from 9-9:30 a.m., and then the program is from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Please click onto the link to RSVP that you will attend the workshop so that we can plan appropriately for the food and seating.  UCLA Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Dr. Jerry Kang, comes highly recommended and I think his talk will be very enlightening for our campus.  As I mentioned, this is required as part of our final resolution of a case with the Office of Civil Rights, and there will be at least two OCR lawyers in attendance.  Please plan to attend this important workshop.
 
I have also attached the Helping Hands Pantry donation suggestion list (PDF), along with a picture of my donations this morning.  Please consider being part of our “Plus One” community effort to help keep the LAVC HHP Pantry stocked for our students.  Please print out the flyer and bring it with you for each donation so that it can be initialed by the HHP folks.  20 items donated gets you a prize!  The state Chancellor’s Office will be providing some funds to support our pantry, too, but we haven’t received the amount yet or any guidance on how we will be allowed to spend the funds.  I hope to know more in the next few weeks.
 
It’s fall, which means that it’s time for office hours again:

As always, there will be a big jar of candy waiting for visitors to my office hours.  Maybe I should have a “frequent flyer” reward like the one for HHP…..Hmmmmm……
 
Again, welcome back to THE Valley College!

QOTTH ("Queen of the Tree House")

Erika A. Endrijonas, Ph.D.
President
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA  91401
818-947-2321
Email:  endrijea@lavc.edu
Twitter:  @LAVCPrez

Download a copy of President Endrijonas Campus Email - August 27, 2018 [PDF]; Attachment: Implicit Bias Workshop [PDF], Implicit Bias Workshop - ADA Flyer [PDF], Helping Hands Pantry List [PDF], President's Helping Hands Donation Photo [JPG]

 

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