Community Forums for Equity and Inclusion Officer Post Begin Today

Grand Rapids Community College is running a series of faculty and community forums this week and next to meet the four finalists for the position of equity and inclusion officer.

B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, a visiting associate professor at Salem State University, will be interviewed today, October 1, in room 168 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC), 151 Fountain St. NE.

  • The faculty forum will run from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. at the ATC.
  • The community forum will run from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in the same location.


The other finalists for the position include:

  • Jessica Cruz, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Northern Michigan University,  who will interviewed October 3, in room 168 of the ATC.
  • Salvador Lopez, associate director of diversity recruitment at Grand Valley State University, who will be interviewed October 10 in room 124 of the ATC.


The person selected for the position will work with stakeholders – students, faculty, staff and community members – to ensure that GRCC is a leader in equity and inclusion.

This position also will oversee the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, which has worked for 12 years on educating and honoring the dignity of all people through community celebrations such as the Giants Awards and through educational opportunities like student workshops, the Latino Youth Conference, and the Institute for Healing Racism.


Note:  Dwight Hamilton, chief diversity officer at Rosalind Franklin University, withdrew his candidacy.

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