Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel to speak today

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is sponsoring a lecture by Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel at 3 p.m. Nov. 12 in the ATC auditorium. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Daniel, a member of the Kul Wicasa Oyate, is known for her efforts fighting pipelines and other environmental damage, offensive mascots, and the crisis of missing and murdered Native American women and girls. She is the founder of the Rising Hearts Coalition, which works to elevate awareness of indigenous issues and efforts.

Under the banner #RunningForJustice, she uses distance running as a platform to raise awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women.

GRCC In the News, 11-12-19

Tired of Toys? This Christmas, Gift one of These Grand Rapids Experiences Instead

Nov. 12, 2019;

… Holiday Gift Experiences for Mom

… Sign her up for language classes at Grand Rapids Community College. Then plan an international trip to let her use her new skills!

Investiture for President Mantella set for November 15

Nov. 11, 2019; (Grand Valley State University press release)

The inauguration of President Philomena V. Mantella as the fifth president of Grand Valley State University will be held Friday, November 15, with a series of events leading up to the ceremony.

… Representatives from colleges and universities around the country are expected including Richard Pappas, president of Davenport University; Patricia Harris, president of Kuyper College; Matthew Scogin, president of Hope College; Kevin Quinn, president of Aquinas College; Tara McCrackin, interim president of Kendall College of Art and Design; Joseph Stowell, president of Cornerstone University; and Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College.

Deadline for Study Away proposals is Dec. 1

Full-time faculty wishing to lead a short-term travel experience as part of a course during the Summer 2021 semester need to submit the Study Away Pre-Proposal, due December 1st.

The Pre-Proposal simply outlines the initial details of the travel experience (locations, budget, dates of travel, and how the experience meets course outcomes). This form does require signatures.

If you have any questions regarding the creation of a short-term travel experience (Study Away), please contact the Study Away Faculty Coordinator, Hillery Haney, at or 616-234-4380.

Faculty leading these travel experiences are supported by the Department of Experiential Learning, which assists in marketing and recruitment, vetting student applications, managing student payments and provider invoices, student travel orientations, and overall risk management support.

You can find Study Away Proposal Process guidelines online.

GRCC students stand on a street in Salamanca, Spain.

Learning Center hosts ‘progressive lunch’ on Nov. 19

This is your invitation to join us for a FREE “progressive lunch” through the Learning Center (Library / LRC) building. There’s something luscious to eat at all four locations (Library & Learning Commons, Academic Support & Tutoring Services, Media Technologies, and, the Office of Equity & Inclusion). Get your passport stamped at all four locations to be eligible for prizes. Plus, GRCC’s Guitar Ensemble will play for us at 1:00 p.m. —  it’s become a Learning Center Open House tradition! Please join us!

Tuesday, November 19

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Policies updated

GRCC has updated policies:

November 2019 Policy Meeting

14.12 Open Flames

  • In Section IX., Definitions:
    • Added “…industrial torches, kitchen stoves and ovens, Sterno-type chafing fuel, butane table-side burners…”
    • Removed “…that are becoming increasingly prevalent…”
  • In Section X.B.1., Procedures: added “…hospitality…” in the list of exceptions
  • In Section X.B.2.d., Procedures: removed “McCabe Marlowe House”, and replaced it with “Lettinga Hall”
  • In Section X.B.2.h, Procedures: added “Spectrum Theater performances”

11.9 Energy Conservation

  • In Section VII., Related Documents (Page 1):
    • Removed “Policy Manual Procedures”
    • Changed from “Energy Conservation Guidelines” to “Energy Conservation Procedures”
    • Added “Appliance Policy”
  • In Section II.D.3. Procedures (Page 3): Removed entire subsection that reads, “Where possible and in accordance with applicable codes, backflow devices will be downsized.  The Facilities Department will maintain a list of backflow devices for the campus.”

Energy Conservation Procedures listed within Policy

  • In Section 2.1., Appliances: added “See Appliance Policy”
  • In Section 2.2., Appliances:
    • Removed “radio/compact disc/tape decks”
    • Added “…other personal music players…”
  • In Section 4.3., Temperature Guidelines:
    • Removed “2007 ‘Conditions for Thermal Comfort’”
    • Added “Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy”

6.1 Transgender Equal Opportunity

III. Policy Statement: Expanded statement to include gender non-conforming students.

VII. Related Documents:

  • Added references to other applicable policies.
  • Moved information regarding available resources to the Procedures Section (X.I).
  • In section X.I., included information about new resources and provided greater clarity about current resources

IX. Definitions:

  • Added the definition for “Cisgender: “a person whose gender identity corresponds with the sex the person was identified as having at birth.”
  • Added “intersex” to the definition of “Sex”.
  • Added examples to the definition of “Sexual Orientation” for further clarity.
  • Modified language in definition of “Transgender” to simplify definition and be more inclusive.
  • Added the definition for “Gender Nonconforming: “Exhibiting behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits that do not correspond with the traits typically associated with one’s sex.”
  • Updated definition of “Transitioning” to provide more information and be more inclusive.
  • Clarified policy by adding definitions for “legal name” as distinct from “preferred name”.

X. Procedures: Throughout “Procedures” section, the phrase “consistently asserted at college” was removed to allow for individuals to access resources under the Transgender Equal Opportunity policy, even if they identify as non-binary or otherwise do not “consistently assert” a specified gender identity.

  1. A. Procedures – Campus Records: This section was updated to include expectations around using “preferred name” in email and mail communications. A link is also provided where people can learn where preferred name (as opposed to legal name) can be expected to appear on campus.
  2. B. Procedures – Restrooms: This section was clarified to use term “all-gender restroom” instead of “unisex restroom” and state that everyone can use all-gender restrooms or single-occupancy restrooms.
  3. C. Procedures – Privacy. Added reference to GRCC’s FERPA policy and an explanation of directory information.
  4. G. Procedures – Locker Room Accessibility. Added explanation that locker room access is originally assigned based on a student’s application for admission. Clarified that individuals can go to the Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance to request changes to their locker room access or access to a private area.

For more information, please visit the policy webpage.

New student organization registration opens Dec. 1

Registration to create a new student organization for Winter 2020 will open on Dec. 1st and will close on January 31st. Any students looking to form a new student organization can look up the requirements on the Student Life webpage.

Perks of being a registered student organization:

  • May receive funding of $200 per winter and fall semester (pending a finance workshop, and attendance at Student Alliance Meetings)
  • Free graphic design services for student organization use
  • Ability to travel as a student organization
  • Ability to ask for funding for events, and conferences
  • Ability to fundraise on campus (use  of cash box, and raider card readers)
  • Ability to rent out spaces on campus for meetings and events
  • Ability to post flyers up pertaining to your student organization
  • Ability to use storage space

Please contact Thalia if you have any questions

Dental Assisting Club holds toothbrush sale

GRCC’s Dental Assisting Club is holding a toothbrush sale. To order, email before Nov. 23.

Items for sale:

  • 12 adult manual brushes for $10.
  • 12 child manual brushes for $10.
  • 12 toddle manual brushes for $10.
  • 6 adult manual brushes for $5.
  • 6 child manual brushes for $5.
  • 6 toddler manual brushes for $5.
  • Powerbrush for $80.
  • Packages of whitening strips for $35

Intergroup Dialogue set for January

The Campus Climate Team, CAP 3.2, is initiating second cohort of Intergroup Dialogue here at GRCC. Intergroup Dialogue is a dialogue process that blends theory, and experiential learning, to facilitate awareness of social identity, social inequity and intergroup relations. Might you may be interested in taking advantage of this rewarding opportunity to positively impact our campus? This initiative is designed after the University of Michigan’s evidence-based Intergroup Dialogue model, which is widely used at other colleges and universities.

Participants will have an opportunity to explore social identities and apply the resulting understanding and cultural competencies to the goal of fostering a more inclusive environment at Grand Rapids Community College. By going through this process, we hope to see GRCC employees gain increased awareness and confidence in working with diverse identities in our thriving and ever evolving environment. We want to build strong relationships with each other as colleagues and confidence to work across differences when serving, teaching and mentoring our student population.

The two-day workshop scheduled for January 16th and 17th, from 8:30am to 5pm, will be followed by subsequent meetings and opportunities to continue the dialogue. We do ask for a commitment for the two full days. Employees can use this opportunity for professional development credit but will not have to use professional development funds to participate.

Please consider participating! To register or if you have additional questions, please contact Sophia Brewer at or Mansfield Matthewson at .