Meet the 3CSN Equity Project Coordinators!
Arnita Porter is a Co-Coordinator for the Equity Project and one of three Los Angeles Regional Network Coordinators. She is an adjunct faculty instructor in the Business Division at West Los Angeles College, where she serves on the Student Success Committee, and has also served as a faculty mentor to Project LEARN, a program designed to assist African American students with succeeding in college. Her passion for social justice in education guides her work as a facilitator in equity and Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (CRTL) with the LACCD Faculty Teaching and Learning Academy (FTLA), and as the Online Student Equity Coordinator for the Online Education Initiative (OEI) Student Services Division, where she also chairs the Student Equity Work Group. Arnita is an attorney with a background in public policy and related training. As In-House Counsel and Legislative Analyst for the Police Foundation, a law enforcement think tank, Arnita lobbied Congress on important legislative measures, including the Brady Bill, the Assault Weapons Ban, the Hate Crimes Bill, and other public safety-related issues. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law. Arnita is an artist, loves to travel, and is the mother of two amazing teenagers.
Paula Brown is a faculty at L.A. Harbor College in the Kinesiology and Health Education Department. She is a Co-Coordinator for the California Community College Success Network’s (3CSN) Equity Community of Practice. She is trained in Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning (CRTL) and Intergroup Dialogue in Higher Education. Through 3CSN, she participated in The Faculty Teaching Learning Academy (FTLA) in 2010 and was a Harbor College team member at BSILI in 2013. She facilitated faculty training through the Teaching Learning Center at Harbor College for five years. She has conducted CRTL training at Harbor College, throughout the LACCD, the Basic Skills Leadership Institute, and several other CCC’s with faculty, staff, and administrators. She was the Co-Chair of the AtD Cultural Equity Initiative for three years at Harbor College. She is recognized in this area because of her passion for this work and her ability to successfully facilitate important conversations.