ELAC Faculty and Staff Members Receive LACCD Black Faculty and Staff Association Awards

MONTEREY PARK, CA – Two East Los Angeles College (ELAC) faculty members and one staff member received awards during the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) Black History Month Celebration Mixer. These three individuals were a part of the 37 total LACCD employees who were given awards.

  • John Mosley, ELAC Men’s Basketball Coach, and Kinesiology Professor – Community GrassRoots Leadership Award
  • Nicole Flores, ELAC Umoja Coordinator – Dedicated Leadership Award
  • Monica Thurston, ELAC Allied Health Department Chair – Dedicated Leadership Award

The Community GrassRoots Leadership Award is given to LACCD faculty and staff who are recognized for being individuals on the frontline, leading the vital work of addressing racial equity, disparities in the community, and social justice where they may live, work or represent.


The Dedicated Leadership Award is given to LACCD faculty or staff who have shown their achievements and leadership are in alignment with the mission of the LACCD BFSA. Award recipients in this category have proven to exhibit excellent communication skills, enthusiasm, problem-solving skills, and innovation. They are deemed inspirational visionaries, with the ability to inspire administration, faculty, staff, students, and the community at large.


“I am proud of all three of our award winners here at ELAC. The amazing work that each one of them does here on campus to continue to advance social justice and racial equity is admirable.  I want to thank the LACCD Black Faculty and Staff Association for the work they do for our campus communities,” said ELAC President Alberto J. Román.


All nine LACCD campuses were represented and the LACCD administration came through powerfully. It was a Black History event; however, it was truly multicultural in nature; as allies from campus to campus showed a movement of love, unity, and support.


The mission of the LACCD Black Faculty and Staff Association is to be a visible and viable agency dedicated to supporting employment equity and professional excellence, leadership, and development of African American faculty, staff, and administrators of the district by:


  • Advocating for fair hiring, promotion, and retention practices
  • Encouraging professional excellence and growth through mentorship and networking opportunities
  • Creating, cultivating, and maintaining a sense of community and a safe space to speak
  • Enhancing morale, self-esteem, and cultural identity by recognizing and celebrating accomplishments, contributions, and milestones through culturally inspired celebrations and activities