Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids Community College became the first training provider in the United States to be awarded the Global Wind Organization accreditation to deliver basic safety training to wind farm workers.
The SafeZone program is a diversity education program that involves participants in a personal journey towards greater understanding of 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 reflected in 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 primary goals of SafeZone is to emphasize that all individuals should be treated and respected as human beings.
GRCC places a strong emphasis on ensuring that our work and learning environment is free from any form of discrimination, and harassment. SafeZone is a key tool that helps us accomplish this goal. The next session will be held on: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, in the Diversity Learning Center conference room (Learning Center Room 122). Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The English Department’s writing conference Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People was a big success in 2013.
We welcomed 33 presenters who wowed over 950 students with their impressive presentation styles and relevant ideas.
Students report learning that writing matters at GRCC, at four-year institutions, on social networking sites, in email communications and in fields ranging from computer programming, to chemistry, in criminal justice and the social sciences and beyond.
On Wednesday, Diversity Lecture Series presenter Emily Bazelon met with students and answered their questions about bullying.
On Thursday evening at our closing event, seven creative writers read their wonderful work, including poetry, fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction: Katie Kalisz, David Cope, Barb Saunier, Mursalata Muhammad, Krista Katrovas, Mike Sikkema, and Caitlin Horrocks.
Here are the links to a few of the Who Cares? presentations: Lapidary Style of Writing in the Age of Information http://bit.ly/1fUPMKQ
During the Coffee & Conversation hosted by President Dr. Steven C. Ender, Dominic Dorsey gave an update on his work with the Office of Accessibility; Vicki Janowiak provided a general overview of the centennial celebration and upcoming construction, and Donna Kragt talked about the HLC visit and strategic planning.
As you may know, our Fitness Challenge is over. We walked (jogged, ran, chopped wood, played tag) a total of 43,764,023 steps. We burned almost 2,000,000 calories and lost around 560 pounds total. Go high five somebody – you should be proud!
I would love to congratulate TWO winners today! The first one achieved the most points in the last two weeks of the competition. With 311 points for activates, Chief Rebecca Whitman won a gift card! And Donna Kragt won a drawing of all of the participants (214 of you to be exact)! Congrats!
I cannot tell you how many stories I keep hearing about how this challenge has helped people lose weight, become more aware of their daily activity, become more active and open up conversations with family, friends and students. You all are inspiring!
Since so many of you have done such an amazing job at exercising and becoming more active, the calories that we burned should stay at bay — right? So this year, GRCC will be doing a Hold It for the Holidays Challenge!
And, of course, starting in January, we will be doing another Fitness Challenge — this time with staff/faculty against students! We can all move more, right?
Stay tuned for information on the Hold it for the Holidays and the January fitness challenges — and congratulations to each and every one of you!
The Strategic Leadership Team at GRCC is in the beginning stages of putting together a new Strategic Plan for 2014-2017. As part of our process, we are collecting data from a variety of stakeholder groups asking the question “What do you believe are the most important issues GRCC must address in the next strategic plan?” Please take a few minutes to give us your ideas.
Author and educator John Elder Robison will talk about his experiences with Asperger’s syndrome on November 13 as part of the 2013-2014 Diversity Lecture Series. For details about the series, click here.
The 2013 Annual GRCC Benefit Fair is Thursday October 31, 2013 from 11:00am thru 3:00pm in the ATC Building. Stop by for a 5 minute chair message, participate in various raffles, and meet with participating vendors. You can even get your flu shot!!!