LCC implementing Equity Action Plan
By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief
The LCC Board of Trustees is in the process of implementing a college-wide Equity Action Plan.
According to the college’s website, LCC is creating a plan to address racial injustice, diversify faculty, and establish processes that prevent behaviors that impede on racial and social equities.
The website added the plan will also help the college close achievement gaps and improve retention and completion rates.
Progress with the Equity Action Plan was discussed during the Monday, Oct. 19 Board of Trustees meeting. A draft for the plan will be submitted to the board by the end of the calendar year.
“My very first meetings here three months ago were centered on this project and its due date of December,” LCC President Dr. Steve Robinson said. “We made the decision to give the board regular updates of behind-the-scenes activity in our work to develop the plan, rather than wait until December. I continue to think that that’s a great way forward.”
Robinson said LCC continues to be committed to the plan as a work in progress, and something that will live on in the college’s work when completed.
“What differentiates our board’s resolution about the Equity Action Plan is that there’s an action component,” Robinson said. “It’s not just a statement of philosophy.”
LCC’s Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Tonya Bailey spoke briefly during the meeting. She shared a video explaining the changes and plans for training, orientation and hiring, in relation to the Equity Action Plan.
“This video is focusing on one of the key things that you noted in the resolution,” Bailey said. “What are we doing with our hiring, what are we doing with our orientation and diversifying our beloved community?
“This video really touches on all of those things as well as continues with the theme of where we were, where we are and where we hope to go. Hopefully, you’ll be able to see our path forward.”
The video addressed changes including: adding more inclusive language to job applications; advertising job applications to diverse populations; unconscious and implicit bias training for hiring managers; online and in-person diversity training for new and current employees; and holding new student orientation with staff that represents LCC’s diverse population.
The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.