Chris Lamm’s Legacy Jumpstarts Lecture Series

In life and in death, Chris Lamm championed for Fullerton College students. Students may know Chris Lamm’s name from Fullerton College’s food bank, however, the legacy of her work of nearly 40 years at Fullerton College is far more complex and rooted in the college.

Thanks to the generosity of her giving when she passed away in 2013, the Child Development and Education Studies Department and Lab School has had an opportunity to launch a speaker series, aptly named after her. The first Chris Lamm Lecture will take place on Friday, Oct. 21 in the Recital Hall at 7 p.m. Child development faculty aim to make this an annual event featuring renowned experts in the child development field, who will provide students and community educators the latest information and prepare them for success in child development and education.

“Chris worked tirelessly and fought fiercely to protect the rights of children, youth and her college students. She was an incredible mentor to all of us as well as the Lamm family,” said CDES Professor Patricia Green.

As Green and CDES Department Coordinator Tom Chiaromonte brainstormed who to bring in for the first lecture, they were drawn to Lamm’s mentor Louise Derman-Sparks, professor emeritus of Pacific Oaks College. Derman-Sparks is an early childhood educator with more than 50 years of experience teaching adults and children. She is a former member of the NAEYC governing board and speaks and consults widely in the U.S. and internationally. Her strong connection to Lamm and reputation in the field, made her a perfect fit for this inaugural event.

Lamm began teaching at Fullerton College in 1974 in the Child Development and Educational Studies Department and served as director of the Child Lab School for 14 years. She spearheaded KinderCaminata for 16 years, bringing kindergarteners from around Orange County to learn about the importance of education. Lamm also co-founded the Student Equity Committee and the food bank, now named the Chris Lamm and Toni DuBois Memorial Food Bank.

“She was always a catalyst. If there was something regarding student success, she was involved,” explains Chiaromonte.

As a member of the faculty, Lamm was involved with the Umoja Advisory Committee, the Diversity Committee and was a member of Faculty Senate. In the Fullerton community, she co-founded the Fullerton Collaborative which hosts the Faces of Fullerton event. In 1992, Lamm co-founded the Orange County Peace Camp with Chiaromonte, a day camp that focuses on fostering peace, justice and awareness to youths.

Lamm retired in 2013, and sadly passed away just 11 days after her retirement. However her dedication to Fullerton College never ended as she left a financial legacy to Fullerton College benefiting the food bank, the CDES department and created the Chris Lamm Social Justice Scholarship.

The lecture will take place Friday, October 21 in the Recital Hall at 7 p.m. A $10 registration fee (cash or check payable to FC Lab School) to support the educational efforts of the Lab School is requested payable at the door. To register for the lecture, visit the event’s Eventbrite page here. For more information about the CDES department and the lab school, contact Tom Chiaromonte at tchiaromonte@fullcoll.edu.

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