COVID Response: Vaccine availability for GRCC students, employees

GRCC is partnering with the Urban Church Center and Spectrum Health as part of the “Shot of Love” campaign to provide COVID vaccines for GRCC employees, students and their families on Thursday, April 15.

If you have not yet been able to obtain the safe and effective COVID vaccine, this is a great opportunity to make your appointment and get vaccinated this week!  

This will be the Pfizer two-dose vaccine, which is approved for those age 16 and older. To reserve your vaccine and make an appointment, please call the number below by Tuesday, April 13.

The process to reserve your COVID vaccine appointment is:

  1. Call the remediation line, 616.391.9031  
  2. Tell them you are from GRCC and are calling to make a vaccine appointment. Please provide the following code when calling: GRCCVOL2021.
  3. These vaccines will be available at the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic, DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. in Grand Rapids.

GRCC Nursing faculty and students will be volunteering at the clinic on Thursday, April 15 to assist with the effort!

If Thursday doesn’t work for you, they will attempt to schedule you for another day this week!

CTE annual Faculty Showcase

Join us for the annual Faculty Showcase, Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

This virtual event will feature a video that will allow you to hear from seven colleagues as they demonstrate and discuss their innovative teaching and learning practices and scholarly work.

Innovation Grant recipients and those returning from sabbatical will also be featured. There will be a live Q & A after the video. Please join us!

Registration instructions can be found on the CTE website.

There is still time to register for the Cultural Competence Institute

Please consider participation in the Cultural Competence Institute (CCI), which will occur on Friday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to Noon.

The institute curriculum focuses on Institutional Transformation and Equity Leadership Development. The guest faculty member is Dr. Paul Gorski, founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange.

This year’s CCI training will be virtual.

To register and for more information visit,  
The registration deadline is 4/22.

The registration fee is $100

Professional development opportunities related to equity focus on the people at the very beginning of the awareness process and fail to facilitate growth for people who see themselves as potential equity leaders. The next edition of the Cultural Competence Institute focuses on a deeper understanding of access and inclusion and how to transform organizational culture.

Guest Faculty:

Dr. Paul Gorski, founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange, has published more than 70 articles and has written, co-written, or co-edited twelve books on various aspects of educational equity. Paul is the author of the Multicultural Pavilion, an online compendium of free resources for educators.

Paul earned a Ph.D. in Educational Evaluation at the University of Virginia and has served as a teacher-educator at several universities for 15 years.

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Is your training summary up-to-date?

Take a moment to review your Training Summary and ensure it is up to date and accurate.

To access your Training Summary:

  • Log in to your Online Center.
  • Choose Employee Self Service, then select Professional Development Tile.
  • Select Training Summary from the Left Navigation menu.
  • Select the appropriate Fiscal Year.

Here are a few friendly reminders regarding the recording of Professional Development Hours:
Self Reporting: Did you know you’re able to self-report professional development? You may record items such as webinars, college courses, and even volunteer time! To do so:

  • Log in to your Online Center.
  • Choose Employee Self Service, then select Professional Development Tile.  
  • Choose Training Summary from the Left Navigation menu
  • Click the Add Professional Training link, followed by the Add Professional Training Course button.
  • Populate the training information in the fields provided and Save. 
  • Please note: Training must be added in 0.5 hour increments.

LOA Submissions: If you’re attending a conference, in person or virtual, please be sure to submit a LOA and specify the total hours attributed to professional development. This will automatically be added to your training summary by HR after the conference occurs. Please do not self-report conferences for which you have submitted an LOA form.
HR & CTE Training: Trainings completed through HR or CTE will automatically be added to your training summary. Please reach out to with any questions or concerns.

Using They/Them/Their Pronouns learning opportunity coming soon!

They, Them, Their pronouns.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Still struggling with singular ‘they/them’ pronouns? Let us help you. Whether you know it or not, we guarantee you interact with non-binary people who use these pronouns.

Come learn some best practices, share your concerns, ask questions, and get some hands-on practice with us in a brave space. It’s not about ideology; it’s about creating a supportive and safe environment for our students and peers. We hope to see you there!

Register via the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account

Title IX Training coming soon

Whether you have attended 312 trainings on sexual harassment and Title IX or this is your first one, you’ll find something new at this training! We’ll start briefly with the basics (what is Title IX and why does it matter for us) and then dive into case studies, information we want students to know and the wide range of situations that can be affected by Title IX. Bring your questions and concerns, and we’ll have plenty of time to discuss what’s come up and how to handle tricky situations going forward. 

Join us on Monday April 19. Register via the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account

Conflict reduction learning opportunity

Reducing Conflict and Increasing Communication is essential during this pandemic.  We tend to carry a constant low level of stress and anxiety which impacts our ability to manage stressful situations and resolve conflict.  In this session, we will review the areas that trigger conflict stress and look at a variety of approaches to recognize that stress. We will practice conflict resolution strategies for different situations.

Join us on Tuesday April 20 from 11am-12pm. Register via the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account.

Reminder: Mindfulness Made Simple session

This is your chance to join in the final Mindfulness Made Simple session on Friday April 16 (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.). Get your last fix of Dr. Absenger’s mindfulness teachings before we take a hiatus for the spring/summer. Don’t worry though, he’ll be back in the Fall semester again 🙂

Sign up for the April 16 session via the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account.