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‘Centre’ leader eager to serve LCC

‘Centre’ leader eager to serve LCC
The Lookout

By Aaron Emerson
Editor In Chief

The Centre for Engaged Inclusion has a new coordinator this school year.

Franchesca Cifuentes-Andrade, who just started working with LCC students this fall, has been working in education for eight years. Her work has primarily been based in large urban areas such as Newark, N.J., and New York City.

“It is going to be different not just serving urban students,” Cifuentes-Andrade said.

The Centre for Engaged Inclusion, located in room 252.02 in the Gannon Building and also referred to as “The Centre,” seeks to give all students a place to belong while on campus.

The Centre allows students a place to study, to meet new people and to build bonds. Cifuentes-Andrade said the center also hosts a lot of activities for minority students.

“I really admired the work that was happening at LCC,” Cifuentes-Andrade said. “I was really interested in the fact that there was a chief diversity officer, which is rare for a community college, and that there was an opportunity to influence and shape college culture.”

Cifuentes-Andrade can relate to a lot of the students that come through The Centre’s doors. Her family is from Ecuador and she is a first generation college student.

She worked her way up to become the first person in her family to get a bachelor’s and master’s degree.

“That journey is not an easy one,” Cifuentes-Andrade said. “I have a tremendous amount of empathy for other populations. Whether they are undocumented or documented … the first one in their family in college or refugees … to support those individuals in achieving their dreams.”

The Centre has a lot planned for the new school year. Every Tuesday (2 to 3:30 p.m.) and Wednesday (noon to 1:30 p.m.) there is a study break meet and greet.

National Welcome Week: Welcoming America, will take place from Tuesday, Sept. 20 through Friday, Sept. 23. And an open house for faculty, staff and students will be held Monday, Sept. 26 and Thursday, Sept. 29.

Cifuentes-Andrade said she wants people to know that “The Centre” is for students, faculty and staff.

“The Centre is serving students through faculty,” she said. “I think we all want a place to belong to and a place to feel included.”

For more information on The Centre for Engaged Inclusion and dates and times of events, visit www.lcc.edu/the_centre/ or call (517) 483-1616.

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