SafeZone Learning Opportunity for Employees 11/8/12

The SafeZone program is a diversity education program that includes all individuals in a personal journey toward greater understanding and inclusion (regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, weight, height, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, and disability, as a reflection of the GRCC EEOC statement). The program philosophy provides not only a safe space for all people, but also increases communication and understanding among people. One of the goals of SafeZone is to emphasize that all individuals will be treated and respected as human beings. Further, the program emphasizes that ignorance, bigotry, and harassment will not be tolerated in an environment of learning.

The next session will be held on: Thursday, November 8, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Diversity Learning Center conference room, please register at

Learning Opportunities from Staff Development

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center through its Diversity Development Services provides tools that help promote a greater and deeper understanding of others, their cultures and requirements. Businesses, educational and health care institutions, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations benefit from an informed employee base able to consider multiple perspectives and address conflicts with conscious intentional process.

‘Can You Believe She Said That? Generational Differences in the Workplace’ is one of the final Fall Workshops to be presented by the Diversity Learning Center, and will be facilitated by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens. Please register online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Generational Differences in the Workplace

Thurs Oct. 25, 2012

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

122 LRC

For the first time in US history, at least four generations are in the workplace where we live, work and play. As Americans are extending their careers we are seeing a phenomenon. Companies large and small are looking to maximize their work force performance. Because each generation has its own culture, history and life experiences, conflicts and misunderstanding become more frequent. Communication between generations is needed but understanding an individual’s generational tendency and internal messaging is the first step in finding resolution within the multigenerational workforce.

Learning Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, the learner will:

  • Identify and understand the current generations in the workforce
  • Understand the formative years of each generation and their core values
  • Use this information to connect and work effectively across generations

GRCC In The News 10-17-12

After 40 years, passion still there for Grand Rapids Catholic Central tennis coach

Mlive October 9, 2012 GRAND RAPIDS, MI – After 40 years of coaching and more than 500 wins, Grand Rapids Catholic Central tennis coach Patricia Williams isn’t quite ready for retirement…Williams’ passions aren’t limited to athletics. She excelled at math and that discipline remains a significant part of her life as a professional math tutor at Davenport University and teacher at Grand Rapids Community College.

Undocumented students are finding ways to attend West Michigan colleges in growing numbers
Mlive October 17, 2012 at 8:11 AM
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After attending elementary and high school, a young woman who calls herself “Laura” thought things might get a little more complicated once she started planning for college. Unlike most of the other students filling out their college applications, Laura is in the United States illegally.

With graduation around the corner, West Michigan college students vying for jobs
Mlive October 16, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — With a stack of resumes in hand, Brendon Binder scanned over the list of businesses gathered for Grand Valley State University’s job fair Tuesday, wondering what he could do to catch the eye of a prospective employer…The job fair was open to students and alumni from 10 colleges throughout West Michigan, including Aquinas College, Baker College, Hope College and Grand Rapids Community College.