Chavez Center offers many programs
By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief
The LCC Cesar Chavez Learning Center (CCLC) is a valuable resource for all students, no matter their background.
“Under the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, our CCLC promotes student success through a cultural, academic and social framework in collaboration with college and community partners,” said Sandra Etherly-Johnson, the new coordinator for diversity and inclusion for the Chavez Learning Center. “CCLC … specifically focuses its programming and services within four areas: inclusion, access for underserved students, cultural awareness, mentoring.”
LCC’s CCLC has a number of programs available to students to help them grow academically, socially and personally.
These programs include Men About Progress (MAP), LUCERO, Women Inspiring Scholarships throughout Empowerment (WISE) and Access.
MAP is open to all students who identify as male. It is set to meet virtually and bi-weekly on Mondays beginning Feb. 1 at 5 p.m.
Jonathan Rosewood is the diversity program coordinator for the CCLC.
“We really want to focus on peer academics, career expiration, community service, belonging and mentoring,” Rosewood said. “Our workshops kind of deal with those pillars to help the young men navigate through the college process, and figure out what they want to do once they leave LCC.”
LUCERO had its first meeting via WebEx, Monday, Jan. 25. It meets every other Monday at 4 p.m.
“The pillars that LUCERO works on is building community, celebrating diversity, academics, professional and career development and leadership,” Rosewood said. “We really just wanted to make sure that students, partially of the Hispanic and Latinx community, have a community that they can come to and get involved, and get all the resources to help them graduate from LCC.”
The LUCERO Application can be found here: https://forms.gle/VipxjNhJ5D6ECKDC6.
WISE is set to meet virtually beginning Thursday, Feb. 18.
“(WISE) pillars are peer mentoring, academic excellence, campus involvement, community services and support networks,” Rosewood said. “That program is for any student that identifies as female. There is actually an application process … the due date is (Jan. 25), but if they still see it, I don’t know what would happen, but I can’t see us turning anybody away.”
For more information on WISE, click here.
The Access Program is a new program for students introducing themselves to the CCLC.
“This will be their first touchstone,” Rosewood said. “They’ll be able to join Access, get all the resources that we have for diversity and inclusion, and therefore … see if they wanted to be in LUCERO, or WISE, or MAP.”
Another aspect to the CCLC is its cultural committees. These include the Black History Awareness Committee, the Hispanic Heritage Culture Committee, the Native American Awareness Committee, PRISM and the Women’s Collective Committee.
“We are looking for participants to join those committees, and with that is having them create different types of programs or discussions for the college campus to have,” Rosewood said.
Etherly-Johnson discussed what she hopes to accomplish as director of Diversity and Inclusion.
“As the new coordinator … I will support strategic initiatives, partnerships, policy development, stewardship and innovation at Lansing Community College,” Etherly-Johnson said. “As an empowerment-based community practitioner, I hope to promote and support services for students in an inclusive campus climate.
“I envision a campus where diversity, equity and inclusion is demonstrated across all levels of campus – leadership and executive teams, faculty, and staff and in the student body.”
Etherly-Johnson said she believes that diversity, equity and inclusion is a mindset.
“Our experiences in this world are shaped by many factors, including age, ethnicity, family structure, sex, gender identity, nationality, ability, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic background, to name a few,” she said.
“I aim to cultivate and sustain an inclusive campus climate and college community where everyone is able to contribute to their full potential, and where no one is defined or held back because of their differences.”
For more information on the Cesar Chavez Learning Center, including its programs and office hours, visit https://www.lcc.edu/diversity/cesar-chavez.html.