President’s Speaker Series

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Strength, Courage, and Resilience in the 21st Century

The Guttman Community College President’s Speaker Series seeks to illuminate the stories of key figures in New York City.  The Series also aims to introduce the Guttman community to persons who are champions for student success and community colleges. This year’s theme is entitled, “Strength, Courage, and Resilience in the 21st Century” to reflect the nation’s grapple with two pandemics: health and social and racial injustices. Join Guttman President Dr. Larry Johnson, Jr. as he engages in lively virtual discussions with guests every month. Events are free and open to the public.

Ron Kim

Ron Kim

As the first and only Korean-American elected official in New York, Assemblyman Ron Kim has broken boundaries and bridged neighborhoods. His work as a representative led to city and statewide coverage (New York Times, Business Insider, the Daily Mail, NBC, New Observer, NY Daily News, and MSN Money) when he mediated an issue between businesses and local senior citizens seeking social spaces in Flushing’s crowded neighborhoods. He used this opportunity to write and introduce legislation called the “Community Corner Café Fund”, providing tax credits to mom-and-pop diners, cafes, and restaurants for working with local nonprofits to serve older adults.

Since 2012, Ron’s district office has served more than 35,000 constituents on a diverse range of issues, from resolving fraud cases to providing free tax preparation and applying for governmental assistance. He was appointed the Chair of the Task Force on New Americans in 2015, the Vice-Chair of the Assembly Majority Conference in 2017, the Chair of House Operations in 2019, and the Chair of the Assembly Aging Committee in 2020. Ron has never hesitated to do whatever he needs to do to help his constituents, even if it means tackling a purse-snatcher to the ground near his district office (ABC News, Daily Mail, NY Post).