12-10-2017  5:58 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

Q&A with Facebook's Global Director of Diversity Maxine Williams

A conversation on diversity and the tech industry ...

City Announces Laura John as Tribal Liason

Laura John brings an extensive background in tribal advocacy and community engagement to the city of Portland ...

Humboldt Sewer Repair Project Update: Dec. 4

Environmental Services continues to repair more than 3 miles of public sewer pipes ...

'Santaland' on Display at Oregon Historical Society

New exhibit features Santa’s throne, Rudolph, and elves from original Meier and Frank’s Santaland ...

GFO Hosts Personal Papers & Archiving Talk

First Mondays and free GenTalks at the GFO research library ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Payday Lenders Continue Attack on Consumer Protections

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending writes that two bills that favor predatory lenders has received bipartisan...

Hundreds Rallied for Meek Mill, but What About the Rest?

Lynette Monroe, a guest columnist for the NNPA Newswire, talks about Meek Mill, the shady judge that locked him up and mass...

Top 10 Holiday Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet

Dr. Jasmine Streeter explains why pampering pets with holiday treats can be dangerous (and pricey) ...

Why We Need More Black Men in Early Childhood Education

Royston Maxwell Lyttle discusses the importance of Black male teachers in early childhood education for the NNPA ESSA Media Campaign ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Press Release from Portland Community College

Kali Thorne Ladd, education advisor to Portland Mayor Sam Adams has been appointed to the Portland Community College board. Ladd will fill the (always brightly-shined) shoes of Harold Williams, who passed away in July of this year.  Ladd will represent Zone 2 on the board, until the next election in May 2013.   See The Skanner News interview with Thorne-Ladd here.

Here's the press release from Portland Community College: 

The PCC Board of Directors have sworn in and appointed Kali Thorne Ladd as the newest Board Member for the college.  Ladd will be representing Zone 2 whichrepresents the northeast border of the PCC district, going roughly from Northeast Portland, to North Portland and up to Columbia County along the east side of HWY 30 to St. Helens and Columbia City. The PCC Board is responsible for the budget and overall policy direction of the college.

Ladd works in the City of Portland's Mayor's Office as the Education Strategies Director overseeing policy and direction for the Mayor's key education initiatives including the Summer Youth Connect and Future Connect.  Her involvement in Future Connect – a partnership that has been very successful at PCC, is where Ladd was first introduced to the college and prompted her to submit for the vacant board position.  [Future Connect helps at risk students overcome barriers to succeeding in college.]

 According to Ladd, "I believe education is a game changer, it changes lives and it can break the cycle of poverty for generations. I've witnessed this in my own family.  The opportunity to support PCC as an institution that educates so many in the community, is special, and for me to help PCC serve more students is an added bonus."

One of Ladd's goals as a board member is to increase retention rates, particularly for youth of color and first generation college students, plus increase access points for students to attend while helping secure stable funding without large increases in tuition.

Ladd is also very concerned about the cost of education, "the cost of attending college is a huge barrier that worries me, and I'm dedicated to increasing financial support for students. Youth can get lost and drop out when systems aren't in place to financially support and keep them engaged."

She is also devoted to strengthening community ties for the college, "one of my goals as a board member is to help the community see PCC as fully theirs, that it is part of the fabric of the community for learning, dialoguing and gathering. PCC is a resource for workforce development as well as gaining credit in high school, hearing a thought provoking lecture, or earning a degree. I want the people who come on campus, regardless of race or socio-economic status… to feel it's their home."

Ladd holds a Masters Degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University and is a board member with Camp Fire USA, is a board member of the Portland Leadership Foundation and is a steering committee member with the Cradle to Career Initiative.

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