Long Beach counselor works tirelessly for students and her union
Phyllis Hall, longtime activist on behalf of her union as well as a dedicated counselor at Long Beach City College received the Mary Ann Pacheco Ethnic Minority Award during a special reception at the CCA Winter Conference in Los Angeles.
As an EOPS Counselor at Long Beach City College, Hall works with economic disadvantaged students to move them from welfare to workforce, by providing them not with a hand-out, but with a hand-up. Hall has also given herself to the cause of faculty in California through active involvement in her local, CCA and CTA. Her dedication to faculty rights has earned her the trust of faculty leadership, who respects her opinion and her integrity.
"What Phyllis Hall does that she considers ordinary, is extraordinary when it comes to what others have done for CCA," said CCA President Ron Norton Reel.
Hall’s active involvement with her local started more than a decade ago when she served as director for the Long Beach City College Pacific Coast campus. She served as director with the CCA Executive Board as District H Director for five years and as Ethnic Minority Director for another five years. Presently she represents District H as Director on the CCA Executive Board. She has also served for six years as CTA State Council delegate where she has been a member of the Student Services Committee and the Retirement Committee. She was also appointed CTA liaison for Higher Ed on the CALSTRS Board. She was a member of the first graduation class of the NEA Higher Education Emerging Leaders Academy and worked for their training cadre for six years. At CCA, she helped establish and runs the CCA Building Strong Locals Academy.
Throughout her career, Hall has promoted and supported the cause of minorities consistently and with great tenacity, while also promoting equality of treatment for all.
CCA established the new award to honor Mary Ann Pacheco, a Hispanic female professor at Rio Hondo College who also served as a former CCA President, CTA board member and NEA director.