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Long Beach City College Political Action Coalition*

Long Beach City College District Board of Trustees (LBCCD BOT)

Candidates Questionnaire
2016 Election
Directions: Please complete this questionnaire and return to: Please
type all answers. Feel free to use more space than is provided.
Biographical Information
Name: Vivian Malauulu
Address: 3133 San Francisco Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90806
LBCC District in which you live: Two (2)
Website/Social Media:
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram search by name Phone: (562) 572-7313

Adjunct Journalism Instructor at LBCC

Longshore Worker with ILWU Local 13
Freelance Journalist Professional experience:

Career educator with 17 years teaching high school for LAUSD,

postsecondary classes taught at CSU Dominguez Hills and Los Angeles
Harbor College, and current LBCC instructor

Longshore worker for 15 years registered with ILWU Local 13 at the twin
ports complex of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Bilingual freelance writer and reporter for various news sources in print,
radio, television, and online with more than 25 years in the industry. Political
and civic experience:

Mayor appointed Youth and Children Commissioner (City of Long Beach,


Mayor appointed Public Relations Commissioner (City of Carson, 1995-1998)

* This Coalition includes: LBCC CCA PAC (Community College Association Political
Action Committee full time faculty union), LBCC CHI (Certified Hourly Instructors
part time faculty union), and LBCC AFT (American Federation of Teachers classified
staff union).

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, CSU Northridge 1996


Master of Arts in Educational Administration, CSU Dominguez Hills,

Various certificates and credentials in K-14 education Family:
Married for 17 years (together for 20)
Four children between the ages of 6-15.

1. What motivated you to run for the LBCCD Board of Trustees? Please describe what
special background and experience you would bring to this position.
I am motivated to run for the trustee position for various reasons.
Primarily, because the board needs the perspective of an LBCC classroom
educator with recent experience navigating through the channels of this
institution to provide insight during board deliberations and discussions.
The board also needs a hands-on trustee that is active and present at college
functions who is relatable to both staff and students with a genuine
commitment, unwavering energy, and proven passion to serve. I have the
personal availability and professional flexibility to be that member.
Additionally, I am encouraged to run by the experience I had last fall
applying for the trustee appointment process in which I came in second
place to the current appointee.
LBCC is a wonderful institution that would benefit from my unique
background as an immigrant to this country, who is reflective of a large
segment of our student population, and who attributes most of my personal
and professional success to public education and taking advantage of the
opportunities it offered.
2. What do you know about the current mission of LBCCD and how can you contribute
to its goals and purpose?
The current mission of LBCC is to promote equitable student learning and
achievement, academic excellence, and workforce development by delivering
high quality educational programs and support services to our diverse
I can contribute significantly to the goals and purpose of this mission by
adding a fresh perspective to the board that utilizes my unique experiences
as both a current educator at LBCC and as an active member of the
bluecollar workforce in an industry that serves the local community. This
will grant me an extremely unique point of view with regard to addressing
student achievement needs and workforce development opportunities.
3. What do you see as being the main role of LBCCD Board of Trustees?
The board of any academic institution is to oversee that its mission
statement is being not just met, but exceeded and built upon through diligent
governance and involvement. Trustees should be accessible and involved in
as many aspects of campus life as possible so that they can confidently
demonstrate knowledge and understanding of issues that affect students and
4. What are some goals that you want to accomplish as a member of the LBCCD BOT?

My primary goal would be to change the tide of the existing lack of

confidence in the board in terms of student outcomes and staff morale. The
administration must be held accountable for the less than favorable
graduation and retention rates. Secondary goals include truly meeting
shared governance goals and making obvious, visible efforts toward
collegial consultation, and improving working conditions for faculty and
staff. Bridging the gap in faculty and staff salaries and making them
commensurate and competitive with other institutions would also be a
priority, as well as aggressively recruiting for programs with low student

5. What qualifies you to oversee the operations of an educational institution?

In addition to an administrative services credential in K-14 education and
experience outside of the classroom in various advisory positions at public,
inner-city high schools, I am also an active member of two labor unions
which represent both educators and longshore workers. I am aware of who
is sitting on the other side of the table and I have a keen understanding of
multiple operations in and out of academia. This experience will transfer
into the oversight of our academic institution in multiple ways, such as
contract negotiations, program implementation, staffing, and marketing just
to name a few.
6. What do you see as being some of the major challenges LBCCCD is currently facing
and how would you address those challenges?
Although LBCC is a terrific college, there is room for improvement in many
areas. As previously stated, staff morale is key in achieving goals. Building
upon common ideals of mutual respect between the administration and the
staff seem minor to the unattached observer, but in reality, that is critical in
fostering an atmosphere where the districts mission is achieved. Once the
morale issue is properly addressed, we can all move forward together and
truly make this institution that strong pillar of education in the community it
ought to be without negative distractions and the proverbial longstanding
baggage that is weighing us down.
7. How do you see the role of vocational training programs within LBCCD and the
surrounding communities? How do you see these programs being integrated into the
workforce development effort of the region?
Vocational programs are CRUCIAL to LBCCD. There are some who think
that they are the primary, if not only purpose of community colleges. As a
career educator, I understand completely that not every student is an
academic. Some students are seeking opportunities where they can learn to
work with their hands, especially since such programs have been reduced or
discontinued at the public high school level. Many of our students are
returning adults who have undergone life changes sometimes multiple
times and need training in fields that are relevant to todays workforce.
Veterans, for example, rely heavily on vocational training programs and
with the colleges proximity to the VA hospital right down the street,
LBCCD should be at the forefront of providing such training and offering

new ones in local industries with cutting-edge technology and highly

qualified instructors.
8. Please discuss your understanding of a community college districts budget. What
should be the top priorities for budget allocation?
The budget priority of ANY academic institution should be student success.
Period. Anything that supports student success should be a line item in the
budget. Provisions via allocated or categorical funding should have
spending/using input from staff who directly works with students and have
access to immediate results. A community colleges budget should be
scrutinized for ways to minimize unnecessary budget strains such as
excessive management positions. Reducing personnel who rarely has any
direct or event indirect contact with students from top-heavy institutions and
refocusing their previously allotted funding toward legally mandated and
morally correct staff salaries would directly impact student success.
Boosting the budgets of student services staff would be equally affective.
Our college would greatly benefit more from one less administrator whose
salary would then be divided into the salary of three or four more staff
9. What is your understanding of shared governance and do you support it?
I absolutely support shared governance and I am disappointed in the red
tape that often accompanies compliance with AB 1725. Sometimes,
institutions get so caught up in the black and white of the call to guarantee
faculty input by establishing committees for this and committees for that,
they lose sight of the theoretical color variations for which the law was
enacted. For example, when college administrators create meaningless and
useless programs - without consulting with faculty that directly affect
classrooms just to appear as if they are complying with shared governance,
it defeats the purpose of AB 1725. That is counter-productive when the
purpose of the bill was to provide a mechanism to insure that the expertise
of the faculty would be used in developing college policies. Administrators
should also consult collegially by seeking active participation from both
certificated faculty and classified personnel, as well as students. The Board
of Trustees should develop policies on academic and professional matters by
relying primarily upon the advice and judgment of the parties with an
exclusive vested interest, or upon mutual agreement by all parties. The
beauty of AB725 is that it has provided community college instructors in our
state with a vehicle for input into the decision making process unmatched in
any other state, however, that does not always happen.
10. What do you see as the value of a community college education both locally and
The value of a community college education is tremendous and its impact is
deeply evident in the local community, and far-reaching in the global
community. Not only does it prepare recent high school graduates for
advanced post-secondary education, but it also prepares adults who have
never attended college and those who are returning for current, modern

educational opportunities at an affordable price, via flexible schedules, and

often close to where they live or work.