2017-02-17 / Community

Alliance for Quality Education Forum at Community Church

Blanca A. Villanueva Blanca A. Villanueva By Melva Victorino

On Sunday, February 19th at 9:15 – 10:15 AM, Ms. Blanca A. Villanueva will lead the Sunday Forum Series at Garden City Community Church (GCCC) on “Campaign for Fiscal Equality (CFE) Derailed: A Decade Denied”.

Blanca A. Villanueva is the Long Island Community Education Organizer with Alliance for Quality Education Long Island Progressive Coalition (AQE LIPC). Blanca is a Long Island native, growing up in Brentwood, New York. She left to attend New York University where she sat on the board of several student lead organizations, which strive to educate and unify the NYU community on social and cultural issues. Blanca graduated with a degree in Psychology and American Sign Language with a Pre- Med concentration. After graduating Blanca traveled though out Europe using her multilingual skills, she then returned to pursue her Master’s in Public Health at Brooklyn College.

She credits her masters studies in truly enlightening her on the important roles policy, environment, and education play in creating disparities and inequities in a community. She believes a good education is the key to a better future and change. Blanca is also a strong supporter for human rights, specifically speaking out against any form of abuse. Her Masters Paper was on the Risk Factors for Sexual Assault Perpetration in the US Military. Working with AQE/LIPC, she is able to use her policy expertise with grassroots organizing to ensure all students have a high quality public education no matter their zip code.

As the Long Island branch of AQE, the Long Island Progressive Coalition has worked with parents and leaders from all across Long Island to take action on the statewide campaign. It has organized to build a committee of parents and leaders from the Brentwood, Central Islip and Wyandanch school districts to fight for quality education that will help to close the huge achievement and spending gaps that exist on Long Island.

The Community is invited to attend the forum in the church parlor. The Garden City Community Church is part of the United Church of Christ and is an Open and Affirming congregation. Worship services are Sundays at 8:30 AM in the chapel and 10:30 AM in the sanctuary, with church school for children and a crib room for infants and toddlers during the latter service. Wednesday Service is at 8:00 PM at Gardner Hall. The Garden City Community Church is located at 245 Stewart Avenue and Whitehall Blvd. For more information, call 516-746-1700 or visit our website at www.gardencitycommunitychurch.org.

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