ELAC Honors Activism at First-Time Event


Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis was presented with the Community Activist Award at East Los Angeles College’s first “Welcome Home East LA Event,” a reunion attended by former and current students, past presidents, administrators, coaches and faculty held Saturday at ELAC’s new Campus Student Center.

“ELAC has a 72-year history of grooming amazing leaders who have been at the forefront of promoting activism and social awareness and who have made significant contributions in the communities it serves,” the college said in a statement announcing the awards.

The capacity-filled reunion included a live performance by the Mariachi Conservancy of Boyle Heights, food and dancing for a festive evening of rekindling relationships and celebrating accomplishments.


Pictured from left, ELAC Foundation Board Member Richard Verches, Student Body President Aurora Paredes, Solis, college President Marvin Martinez and Vice President of Student Services Julie Benavides. Photo by Mario Villegas

The event also raised funds to assist some of the community college’s most financially challenged students – including more than 1,400 undocumented students and 103 foster youth struggling to find a safe home and basic living accommodations – the college says are all working to overcome substantial obstacles as they persevere to reach their educational goals. The newly established Dream Resource Center (DRC) helps undocumented students come out of the shadows and gives them renewed hope and aspirations that anything is possible if they don’t give up.

Proceeds from the event will help provide financial assistance for scholarships, book grants and transportation assistance for students in need and who otherwise do not qualify for state or federal financial aid.

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