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LCC charges forth with equity plan

LCC charges forth with equity plan
  • On November 19, 2020

By Chloe Gregg
Staff Writer

The LCC Board of Trustees continues to charge forward with its plan for college-wide diversity, inclusion and equity through the Equity Action Plan.

In order to properly implement the Equity Action Plan and see real results, Lansing Community College must be strategic, intentional and individualized.

As promised, LCC President Dr. Steve Robinson gave an update on the Equity Action Plan during the Monday, Nov. 16 Board of Trustees meeting. This update came via a 20-minute video created in-house at LCC that featured faculty members, Chief Diversity Officer Tonya Bailey and the Student Affairs division. They were present to discuss what each is implementing and how to go about establishing the Equity Action Plan throughout LCC.B

“I’m so glad that (faculty is asking what they can do to help implement this plan) because we’re going to partner with them from day one,” Bailey said. “Faculty will be brought in at the beginning of our conversations and they’re going to have an intricate role in the Equity Action Plan. I believe student success begins in the classroom. And that means our faculty has to be a part of those conversations.”

Bailey said professors and faculty at LCC will be equipped with an “Equity Toolbox for Educators.” This provides faculty with tools, resources and support to assist in embedding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) into classrooms. Bailey said she is hopeful this will increase faculty engagement and involvement in implementing DEI across campus.

History professor Jeff Janowick said he is excited to implement these changes and wants to see the success of the new Equity Action Plan after so many failed initiatives came before it.

“One reason I think that a lot of these initiatives have struggled is that we have looked at this as something that we can finish,” said Janowick on the video. “That once we take on the issue, it’s done. And I think one of the realizations that I’ve had, is that this is the work of a lifetime.”

In order to create a more welcoming environment and show marginalized populations that LCC cares about their wellbeing and success, Bailey said her office and the Equity Action Plan will be partnered with Student Affairs. This is to ensure that Student Affairs has customized, individual onboarding that is unique to these different specialized populations.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 14 where more updates on the Equity Action Plan will be discussed, as well as other important LCC developments.