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Members of the Black Faculty and Staff Association and friends en route to enjoy a fundraiser at Barona Resort and Casino; caption below

Ron Arias: Journalist Teaches Students to Tell Their Stories

As a college student hitchhiking through Spain in 1959, Ron Arias met Ernest Hemingway by chance in Pamplona. That experience, among others, including a stint in Peru as a Peace Corps volunteer and a search for the truth about his father’s withdrawal from the family after returning from the Korean War, led Arias to a career in journalism that spans nearly 40 years. Newly retired from his 22 years at People magazine, the Los Angeles native now teaches a class at California State University, Dominguez Hills titled “Writing the Biography of a Pueblo.”

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Edward M. Olivos: Lessons for Teachers in Bicultural Parental Involvement

In his book, The Power of Parents: A Critical Perspective of Bicultural Parent Involvement
in Public Schools
, Edward M. Olivos, assistant professor of teacher education, focuses on the need for teachers and administrators to have a better understanding of the intentions of bicultural parents and misperceptions about their involvement in their children’s education.

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Don Hata: Historian Helped Reveal the Multicultural Origins of Los Angeles Settlers

Los Pobladores, the original settlers of Los Angeles reflected a multicultural and multiethnic mix that has been the legacy of the city from 1781 to the present day. The 226th anniversary of that trek was Sept. 4 this year. Don Hata, emeritus professor of history, shares the story of this surprising discovery and the efforts of his colleagues to bring this knowledge to an often less-than-receptive L.A. during the city's bicentennial.

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Photo above: The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) raised more than $1,400 for scholarships at their first casino fundraiser trip to Barona Resort and Casino. The proceeds go to the Deborah Sears Scholarship Fund, named in memory of the former associate dean of the former College of Arts and Sciences (now the College of Arts and Humanities.)

In addition to the Sears scholarship, BFSA raises funds for the Douglas-Bethune Graduation Celebration and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast. The group also supports the Sisterhood of Isis support program for female African American students by providing mentors.

For more information on BFSA and their annual Evening of Elegance fundraiser on Dec. 7, click here.

Pictured above (L-R): Kamilah Jackson; Adria Edwards, staff specialist, Human Resources; Ormond Rucker, human resources analyst, Human Resources; Cynthia Turner, articulation officer, Records and Registration; and Tracey Haney, office manager, Academic Programs. Photo by Marcus Vincent
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