Volume I, Issue 2December 12, 2008
“Building Pipelines from Pre-School to the Professions.”
Inside This Issue:
CaliforniaALL emerged during the summer of 2007 through a partnership among the California Public UtilitiesCommission, California Public Employees Retirement System, the State Bar of California, and the CaliforniaDepartment of Insurance seeking to ensure the availability of highly educated workers and leaders from theState’s diverse communities. CaliforniaALL serves an unmet need in the State by bringing stakeholderstogether to communicate, connect, and share resources, ideas, and the tools needed to build an educated anddiverse future workforce of leaders in California. In January 2008, CaliforniaALL was founded through thegenerous donations and support of AT&T, PG&E, Sempra, Southern California Edison, and Verizon.
We applaud our FOUNDING PARTNERS for their vision….
California Public Employees Retirement SystemCalifornia Public Utilities CommissionState Bar of CaliforniaCalifornia Department of Insurance
And we thank our FOUNDING FUNDERS for giving us life…
AT&TPG&ESempra EnergySouthern California EdisonVerizon
Dear Friends of CaliforniaALL:
I write this the day after “change has come to America.” Yesterday, on Election Day, each of ushad a part in an historical event, the first African-American President-elect for all of us – black,brown, white, LGBT, men, women, disabled. This is a day that many of us hoped and prayedfor, but did not expect any time soon. Barack Obama has blown the glass ceiling, and we moveforward with hope for a better tomorrow and the fulfillment of the American dream for thecoming generations.I remember the Watts riots, the assassination of JFK, RFK and MLK, the civil rights marches,the Kent State tragedy. The Vietnam War became close and personal when I was widowed bya mortar round thrown at my medic husband during the Tet-offensive in 1968. We, as anation, have survived really tough times. We grow through our pain and learn hard lessons.We can do it again with the leadership of a new president.The face of diversity and youth was reflected in the crowd celebrating Obama’s election on November 4th. Theyounger generations do not look like the existing leaders of America today. The new generations are multi-racialand multi-ethnic; the rising New America is diverse. We cannot succeed as a nation unless we fix our educationalpipeline and prevent these faces of color from leaking out of educational opportunities and leadership positionsalong the way to our future. Statistics may point to an educational crisis, but as President-elect Obama soeloquently states: “Yes We Can.” Together, we can ensure the success of tomorrow’s leadership and communityby building an educated and diverse workforce. California ALL echoes this desire in our vision, mission and goals.Yes, we can create a future workforce that is reflective of the strength and diversity of California’s unique population.We can do it with your help.As CaliforniaALL celebrates its first year of incorporation and operation, we are thankful for the support of ourfounding partners, funders, collaborators, and friends. We wish you a safe and happy Winter Season and aprosperous New Year!Warm regards,
CaliforniaALL Thanks Founding Partners and Funders
President/CEO Ruthe C. Ashley
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