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.
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.