Collaborative Meetings

Learning Community Meetings

  • The Collaborative learning community typically convenes four times each year, including two in-person meetings and two shorter meetings held virtually
  • In-person meetings are usually held at a local community college or university

Collaborative Business Meetings

  • The Collaborative typically meets twice during the year to discuss Collaborative business (virtually)

recent learning community meetings

March 2024

Location: Community Coalition

Meeting Topic: Definition of Today’s Student

Level Setting Presentation by California Competes

Fishbowl and small group discussion with the following guests:

  • Danny Murillo, Co-Founder and Associate Director, Berkeley Underground Scholars
  • Debbie Raucher, Director of Education, John Burton Advocates for Youth 
  • Mayra Lara, Director of SoCal Partnerships & Engagement, Ed Trust West 
  • Su Jin Jez, CEO, California Competes
  • Joseline Gonzalez, South Central Youth Empowered thru Action (SCYEA) Alumna

November 2023

Location: Michelson 20MM Philanthropies (Hybrid Option)

Meeting Topic: Financial Aid

Level Setting Presentation by TICAS

Panel discussion about Financial Aid in Practice with the following guests:

  • Jaclyn Pinero, Chief Executive Officer, uAspire 
  • Mary-Pat Hector, Chief Executive Officer, Rise

Panel discussion about Financial Aid Policy with the following guests:

  • Jessica Thompson, Vice President, TICAS
  • Parshan Khosravi, CA Policy Director, uAspire

Panel discussion about The Student Perspective (on financial aid) with the following guests:

  • David Ramirez, UC Student Association & UCLA student
  • Javier Nunez-Verdugo, UC Student Association & UCLA student
  • Ellery Yu, uAspire & UCLA student 
  • Sabrina Woodsum, uAspire & UCLA student 
  • Steven Gallegos, SSCCC, ELAC Student 

August 2023

Location: Virtual

Meeting Topic: Innovative Models of Delivering Higher Education

Presentation and moderated Q&A with the following guest speakers:

  • Jeff Manassero, Executive Director, Rivet School
  • Maria Anguiano, Executive Vice President, Learning Enterprise, ASU
  • Taylor Pineda, National Director, ASU Local

May 2023

Location: Compton College

Meeting Topic: Student Basic Needs 


Panel discussion around perspectives from higher education from the following guest speakers:

  • Dr. Keith Curry, President & CEO, Compton College
  • Dr. Rashida Crutchfield, The Center for Equitable Higher Education (CEHE), CSU Long Beach
  • Monroe Gorden, Jr., J.D., Vice Chancellor, UCLA Student Affairs

Panel discussion on innovative partnerships from the following guest speakers:

  • Clare Fox, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Everytable
  • Lori Barr, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Raise the Barr 
  • Frances Hardy, Director of Development & Partnerships, Ready to Succeed
  • Jaime Hansen, Executive Director, Swipe Out Hunger
  • Student Representative, Ready to Succeed

February 2023

Location: Virtual

Meeting Topic: State K-16 Investments – ​​Opportunities to Close Equity Gaps for LA County Students


  • Presentation by UNITE-LA where they explored state investments, their connectivity with one another, and opportunities to further develop and increase their impact, with a deep dive on Los Angeles’ K-16 Regional Collaborative.
  • This meeting was cosponsored by SoCal Grantmakers 
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