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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L.A. DIGEST: New president named at Cal State Dominguez Hills

CARSON — The vice chancellor for student affairs at UC Irvine will become the eighth permanent president of Cal State Dominguez Hills, the California State University Board of Trustees has announced.

Thomas A. Parham will begin his new role in late June. He succeeds Willie Hagan, who will retire from the university at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.

“Dr. Parham has an exceptional history of working with students from diverse backgrounds and has demonstrated unwavering commitment to student achievement,” said CSU Trustee Peter J. Taylor, who chaired the Dominguez Hills search committee. “He is deeply connected to the area and is an exceptional choice to build on the foundation laid by Dr. Hagan and to advance the university to the next level.”

Parham grew up in Southern California and earned his bachelor’s degree in social ecology from UC Irvine, where he has been chancellor for student affairs since 2011. 

Park projects

eligible for grant

LOS ANGELES — Angelenos are encouraged to celebrate Earth Month by voting on three local park improvement projects eligible for a $20,000 grant.

The park projects, which are part of the Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign, include Agents of Discovery, which will add a mobile education game to Balboa Park that will connect children to nature, learning and activity in urban parks; Universal Play, a program that will offer subsidized sports and recreational programming to 12-year olds and up in seven L.A. parks; and Clean and Safe Spaces Parks, a program for youth ages 11 to 17 from high-need communities that would provide supervised after-school, weekend and summer enrichment with adventure-based and educational programs.

The 16 improvement park projects across the country are made possible by a collaboration between the National Recreation and Park Association and the Walt Disney Company. The partners are also working with recreation agencies to create a healthy living program that will increase how much time families and children spend at parks.


Boot camp seminars

help small businesses

LOS ANGELES –– Sessions that prepare small businesses to bid on contracts with public agencies are taking place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday through May 3 at the Los Angeles Unified School District Headquarters, 333 S. Beaudry Ave.

The Small Business Boot Camp seminars train small businesses how to propose contracts to LAUSD and other public institutions.

Attendees can learn about public contract law, bidding on informal contracts, labor compliance, bonding, scheduling, project stabilization agreements and more.

Information and registration:

Support group

meets at library

SOUTH LOS ANGELES––A free meeting that shares the benefits of the emotional self-help support group experience will take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. April 7 at the Hyde Park Branch Library, 2205 W. Florence Ave.

The “We Go High” gathering will celebrate the support group’s values and principles that create the foundation for healthy African-American families.

Yvette Coburn and Rashida Hilton will host the event.

RSVP: (310) 508-4507,

Dance Theater of

Harlem to perform

SANTA MONICA –– The Dance Theater of Harlem, an all-black ballet company, will perform several classics at 7:30 p.m. April 20 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 21 at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St.

The program will include ballet works “Brahms Variations” (2016), which was inspired by France’s Louis XIV; “Dancing on the Front Port of Heaven” (1993), a dance piece inspired by the choreographer’s mourning over the loss of 13 close friends and relatives; and “Vessels” (2014), described as a “dynamic tour de force.”

The Dance Theater of Harlem was founded almost 50 years ago and has roots in the civil rights era.

Tickets and information:

Herbalists to share

knowledge at center

SOUTH LOS ANGELES––Four traditionalists from Yoruba, West Africa, will share their knowledge on herbal healing, incantations and rituals from 5 to 8 p.m. April 21 at KRST Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science, 7825 S. Western Ave.

Baba Ifasola Meta, Iya OjoAwo, Baba Kasali Akangbe Ogun and Adekunle Akangbe Ogun will provide attendees information on how to improve their physical, mental and spiritual lifestyles.

Food and beverages will be served. Attendees are encouraged to bring their pillows.


MTA seeking

200 bus drivers

LOS ANGELES — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is looking to fill more than 200 bus operator positions from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7 at the Metro Central Maintenance Facility Building #2, 490 Bauchet St.

The one-day hiring event will have on-the-spot testing for interested applicants, as well as interviews, agility testing and background checks.

Participants should be at least 21 years old and must bring their driver’s license, their 10-year (H6) driving record dated within 30 days, which can be obtained from a DMV office, and a professional resume. Business casual attire with closed-toe shoes are encouraged.

Job-seekers should plan to stay for the entire event, as the process may take between three and five hours.


Church to conduct

manhood conference

SOUTH LOS ANGELES –– The Promoting Healthy Manhood conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 7 at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.

The conference will gather men, boys, advocates, providers, community members and educators to bring awareness to and discuss domestic violence and sexual assault, as well how to be proactive in preventing it.

Community resources will be available all day and attendees will receive continental breakfast and lunch.

Information: (323) 731-7285.

Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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Capri Maddox, special assistant attorney, was recently elected to the Climate Resolve Board of Directors.

Climate Resolve is a nonprofit whose focus is to find local solutions to global climate change.

Maddox has worked in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office since 2012 and was elected to the Board of Public Works the same year.

She earned her master’s of public administration degree from Cal State Los Angeles and her law degree from the Pepperdine School of Law.

Lt. Gen. Stayce Harris

Lt. Gen. Stayce Harris was the guest of honor at the ninth annual University of Southern California Veterans and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Gala.

Harris, a USC alumna, earned her title as lieutenant general in 2016, making her the first African American to achieve that rank in the U.S. Air Force.

Born in Los Angeles, Harris lived a few blocks down the street from USC. Her career in the Air Force is currently in its fourth decade.

Willie Hagan

Willie J. Hagan was recently honored by the California Legislature with an Assembly resolution.

Hagan, president of Cal State Dominguez Hills, was honored for his six years of service as president at Dominguez Hills and for his four decades of service in higher education.

Hagan will retire from his position after the university’s commencement in May.

Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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