The Los Angeles Mission College Commencement will be held on Tuesday June 7, 2016, at 5:00 PM, in the Campus Quad
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Los Angeles Mission College Commencement Planning Committee
2016 Keynote Speaker
Genethia Hudley-Hayes received her undergraduate degree from Texas College – BA English; she received a Masters degree in Education from Pepperdine University, and an MBA with special emphasis on non-profit management from San Jose State University and The Center for Non-Profit Management. She was awarded a doctorate in Political Science/Public Policy in 2000 from American World International University.
Her career spans work with the Los Angeles Unified School District as a classroom teacher, and curriculum specialist. She was principal of Holy Nativity School, an Episcopal Day School for five years. She became a program director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Los Angeles. Genethia became the executive director of SCLC/LA and executive vice president of The Martin Luther King Legacy Association and served for five years. She has been a consultant to The Stanislaus County office of Education, The National School Board Association, Rockford Public Schools, Public Education Network, On the Job Parenting, and The Center for The Study of Popular Culture. Genethia was elected to the Los Angeles Unified School District board of education in 1999 and served for 4 years, two years as president. Genethia served on the executive committee of The Council of The Great City Schools. She served on the boards of Cross Cities Campaign for Urban School Reform, The Children’s Defense Fund, and Public Advocates, a public interest law firm. Genethia served for 8 yrs. on The Los Angeles Board of Fire Commissioners, 6 yrs. as President, a mayoral appointment. Currently Genethia serves as a policy deputy in the areas of education and public social services for Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
Genethia’s life work is centered on social justice and civil rights issues related to access and sufficiency in education, housing, healthcare, economic development and transportation for marginalized black, brown and poor people of every ethnicity. She developed and sponsored The African American Learners Initiative while a member of the Board of Education. The Initiative passed and became board policy in 2003. The thrust of the Initiative is to close the achievement gap between African American and all other students of color and their white counterparts. Explicit in the Initiative is the need to redress the inequitable distribution of resources within the LAUSD, both human and fiscal.
Genethia is married to Alton Hayes; they have one daughter, Kathryn Elaine Hayes. While her work and service to her community remain important her most rewarding accomplishments are as a mother and 47 year partner with Alton.