Their Election Would Give PCC Trustees Diverse Look
Between the two, they represent a number of cultural and racial groups.
Ms. Brown was born in Costa Rica and Mr. Gibson was born in Korea of a Korean Mother and an African American father. Together, they represent change in the diversity of the PCC governing board where there are no Spanish speaking or Asian members.
Each of their stories is compelling, standing alone. When combined, they represent the ethnic diversity that the Pasadena City College Board is lacking. Their membership on the Board would change the status quo in many ways and serve as a guarantee that there is representation of the racial and cultural diversity that make up the community. They share a concern that while the Pasadena/Altadena community provides the hundreds of millions of dollars in tax and bond monies that support the college, the student body is made up of only 35% of Pasadena area residents, while 65% are from outside the community.
Further, while the Pasadena/Altadena community is 22 % African American, when compared with other communities that average 6%, statewide, this is the largest African American community in the state, and yet African Americans represent fewer than 6% of the student body.
Both Brown and Gibson think it's time for change.
The election is on November 3, 2009. PLEASE VOTE!