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Changing the World, Quietly

These stories give us reason to hope for a better world: accounting professors creating a positive balance and going the extra mile to expand opportunities; a Recycling & Resource Management alum who was driven to help; a Nobel laureate and scientist who’s helping combat climate change; a counseling administrator whose life story bespeaks the transformative power of community colleges; a student who wants to preserve fabrics. . . and cultures. This is Santa Monica College. These are the possibilities.

Positive Balance

Positive Balance

A former wrestler, a rock musician, a football lineman—these are a few examples of students who’ve found their calling as accountants at SMC. Meet two professors who are teaching accounting in unconventional, empathetic ways.

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A Green Thumb & a Heart of Gold

A Green Thumb & a Heart of Gold

Natalie Flores has a green thumb and a heart of gold. This SMC Recycling & Resource Management launched Nourish LA, a pop-up produce pantry. It has attracted (deservedly so) nationwide acclaim.

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Saving the Planet, Quietly

Saving the Planet, Quietly

Nobel laureate, professor & scientist Jeremy Pal on how SMC set him on his path, the professors who changed his life, climate change, turning obstacles into opportunities, and more.

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Role Model

Role Model

Janet Robinson was a toddler when she had her first inkling of how transformation a community college could be. Today she urges students to “keep going, because that’s what our ancestors would want.” 

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Bragging Rights

Bragging Rights

An Emeritus instructor to guest-star alongside Paul Rudd & Will Ferrell. An Art History instructor reveals the history of the working poor over 3,000 years. A counselor raises funds for scholarships.

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Preserving the Fabric of History

Preserving the Fabric of History

Fernanda Lorenzini, who hails from Puebla, Mexico, has woven quite the tapestry of creative study, earning an invitation to study overseas and a prestigious UCLA internship. Preserving textiles means preserving her culture. 

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