The GRCC family extends condolences to Mursalata Muhammad and family

GRCC extends condolences to English professor Mursalata Muhammad and her family upon the death of her brother, Derek Bobo, on Wednesday, June 15.

Derek was the sixth oldest of her 12 siblings. 

He lived in Chicago and was a faithful member of  Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, where he worshipped and volunteered. 

In life, Derek was a kind and gentle human being. He lived as if giving and receiving grace was an everyday expectation.

A service memorial is scheduled for later this month.

Any donations can be sent to support his church: Canaan Baptist Church of Christ.

Derek Bobo c/o
Pastor Dr. Fredrick O. Cherry, Sr
Canaan Baptist Church of Christ
6659 S. Harvard Ave.
Chicago IL 60621

Raider Rally 2022 volunteers needed

Raider Rally 2022 – Save the Date! 

Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m  – 1 p.m.

Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza

GRCC’s annual Raider Rally is coming soon. New students enrolled for the fall semester are invited to come to campus to join faculty and staff for a fun, welcoming event. 

We will have food and free giveaways. Additionally, students will be able to speak with academic departments and student organizations. Students will also be able to get their RaiderCard and books, and tour campus. 

We need your help to pull off this huge event.  If your office or department would like to host a table that day, please fill out this form: Department Sign Up

We also need volunteers to help for the day. We need folks to greet students and their guests, check folks in, direct people, and serve as building guides. Volunteer Sign Up

Have questions? Email Lina Blair ( or Lori Cook (

Tech Tip: Using your laptop on the classroom media stand

Do you bring a laptop to the classroom and run into display issues? If so, please click on the link below to learn more about selecting the appropriate source for your laptop to display correctly to the projector.

My Laptop Does Not Display In Class

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing 

GRCC In the News 07/06/2022

GRCC highlights challenges, successes of graduating Cuban couple

7/5/22 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is celebrating the success of two of its students!

Don’t fear the FAFSA!

7/6/22 La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 1, 2022: Don’t fear the FAFSA! Grand Rapids Community College has resources available to help students complete the federal form for financial aid and potentially help them access programs and grants to help pay for a college education.

Career pathways in water, wastewater management industries expanded with Wayne County Community College District and Bay College partnership

7/5/22 (press release)

DETROIT, July 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) and Bay College are in partnership discussions to increase opportunities in building a pipeline to careers in the water and wastewater management industries in Michigan.

… Bay College has an enterprising partnership with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) supported by a national $3.8 million U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant for the West region of Michigan. Separately, Wayne State University recently announced a $584,114 contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) to develop a research project that would address the critical shortage of technicians and engineers for water utilities nationwide.

Read To Act Collective Returns

Formed during the height of a global pandemic and summer of social unrest, the Read To Act Collective served as a brave space to examine socio-political issues that impact the ecosystem of higher education.

Dr. Maya Angelou’s famous quote“…when you know better, [you] do better,” is a catalyst for the Read to Act (RTA) Collective.

ODEI, in partnership with Instructional Support, invites GRCC faculty and staff to come together to increase awareness and understanding (know better) about the impact of structural oppression. As a group (collective), we will use applied knowledge and industry best practices to shift the culture in our classrooms, departments, and work environments (do better).

For the next installment, we will read and unpack the book An Unseen Unheard Minority: Asian American Students at the University of Illinois by Sharon S. Lee

According to a recent study, “Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) have a reputation for being successful students, with data on academic outcomes often painting the portrait of a high-performing group, especially for East and South Asian Americans.” “These perceptions, however, stem from group averages that mask the variation in both access to higher education and success after college enrollment … giving rise to a common misconception that Asian Americans and NHPIs attending our nation’s colleges and universities are universally succeeding without a need for better or more targeted support. Not only does this model minority myth harm students, but it also hamstrings college leaders and policymakers in ensuring practice and policy decisions reflect their constituents’ needs,” the report concludes.

The (virtual) three-part book discussion will meet weekly on Tuesdays from Noon to 1:15 pm.

The first session begins on August 2, 2022.

A complimentary copy of the book is available to registered participants. 

RSVP by Monday, July 11 to: