Cheers West Edition


Edna Lizbeth Chavez, a student at Manual Arts High School in South Los Angeles, gave a speech about the trauma of gun violence at the March For Our Lives stage in Washington, D.C., March 24.

Chavez, who has lived in South L.A. her whole life, lost her brother when he was killed by a bullet years ago.

The 17-year-old activist and youth leader in L.A. was one of five students that attended the march in the nation’s capital.

Donna Nicol

Donna Nicol is an associate professor and chair of African Studies at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Nicol was born and raised in Compton, where she left in 2007 to pursue a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Foundations of Education with a minor in African American Studies from Ohio State University.

Before arriving at Dominguez Hills, Nicol was the first woman of color to be promoted and tenured in the Women’s Studies department at Cal State Fullerton.

Karen Earl

Karen Earl was named the 2018 Pioneer Woman of the Year for the city’s 10th Council District.

Earl is the chief executive officer of the nonprofit Jenesse Center, which works on preventing and intervening in domestic violence.

The annual award is given to honor leaders who advocate for gender equity in Los Angeles.

Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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