President’s message about ODEI Task Force

Dear GRCC Community,

One of the many strengths of GRCC is the diversity of our students, faculty, staff, and greater community. The countless identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, viewpoints, and intersectionalities enrich the learning and working environment of GRCC everyday. 

But, in order for each of us to thrive, every member of our community must be committed to creating a community where individuals feel emotionally and physically safe, valued, respected, and have a genuine sense of connection and belonging.  

To advance this work at GRCC, I have asked Kate Kryger, associate professor of Biological Sciences,  Sophia Brewer, associate professor in the Library and Learning Commons, and Lina Blair, director of Student Life and Conduct to serve as the leads of the ODEI Task Force.

The purpose of the ODEI Task Force is to facilitate the assessment of GRCC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion services and programs. Additionally, they will identify ways in which the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion can support administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community partners to infuse ‘belonging’ into the everyday work of GRCC. They will do so by actively seeking feedback from our faculty, staff, students, and community partners. 

Specifically, their charge is the following: 

  • Create GRCC’s definition of equity.
  • Revise the mission statement and goals of GRCC’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Update the position description for the chief equity and inclusion officer.

They will do this by:

  • Gathering feedback.
  • Analyzing and identifying ideas, themes, and feedback
  • Drafting the equity definition, ODEI mission statement and goals, and the chief equity and inclusion officer position description.
  • Share and rewrite these pieces.
  • Finalize and publish the definition, mission statement, goals, and position description.

I want to ensure that this work is directly informed by the diverse identities, perspectives, and experiences of our campus and community members. Collectively, we will use the feedback to effectively support and advance our renewed DEI programs and services.

Please join us at one or more of the upcoming listening sessions: 

Wednesday, April 5:

Staff Session: 10-11:30 a.m., ATC Room 120/122

Student Session: Noon-1:30 p.m., ATC Room 120/122

Faculty Session: 3-4:30 p.m., ATC Room 120/122

Community Session: 6-7:30 p.m., Sneden Hall Room 108

Friday, April 7:

General Session (Zoom): 10–11:30 am,

General Session: 2–3:30 p.m., ATC Room 120/122

Thursday, April 13:

General Session: 4–6 p.m., ATC Room 120/122

If you are unable to attend or have additional input, please complete this short Google Form: 

Questions, feedback, and input can be emailed to:

Again, I want to encourage everyone to participate in this process. Please share this with your fellow students, colleagues, and community partners who are invested in this work. Your input is valuable and necessary in shaping the future of our campus.


Charles W. Lepper, Ph.D.

International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) March 31

The world observes Transgender Day of Visibility each March 31 to raise awareness about transgender people.

“Trans Day of Visibility is a day specifically to celebrate trans people’s lives and joys, not as struggles, but as triumphs as something to be happy about, to be proud of, to stand up and say that we are here, we are happy, we’re part of our community and our lives are important. That our lives are worthy and we should be celebrated,” said Olivia Hunt of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team, CAP 3.4, is dedicated to support GRCC’s greater commitment to equity and GRCC’s values of diversity, innovation, respect, and responsiveness by providing resources that highlight and celebrate trans people and their contributions.

The team encourages trans people to be visible by displaying a Pride flag or wearing a pin, sticker or t-shirt.

In support of this day, the GRCC Library will put up a display that provides information about the richness and diverseness of our transgender community. The display will be up for approximately three weeks.

The CAP also wants to highlight community advocates and partners: Grand Rapids Pride Center, StandOut, United Campus Christian Fellowship, and Grand Rapids Trans Foundation.

Raider Salute to Klaas Kwant

I want to send a shout out to Klaas Kwant, from Media Technologies, for coming in and taking professional headshots of my 2nd year OTA students.  He went above and beyond, coming in for an evening class, and the students would not have been able to afford these on their own.

Thank you Klaas!!!

Robin Pegg
Assistant Professor/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Honors Program Celebration

We are thrilled to invite all students, faculty and staff to attend this year’s inaugural Honors Program Celebration event on Thursday, April 13 from 11:30 AM-3:00 PM in the new ATC Secchia Piazza.

This is considered an open-house style event, so feel free to come and go as you like.  

What to expect at the event?

  • Learn about what students are doing in the Honors Program.
  • Honors students will be sharing examples of their Honors Projects and Capstone projects.
  • Learn about the creative ways we engage with our students. 
  • Free food!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there! 

Questions?  Contact Michael Schavey 

April Employee Learning Opportunities

Monday, April 10
Giving Effective Feedback

Wednesday, April 12
Good People Make Mistakes

Thursday, April 13
Google Tips & Tricks

Friday, April 14
Emotional Intelligence Enhanced

Tuesday, April 18
Solving People Problems

Thursday, April 20
25Live Searches & Reports

Monday, April 24
Rational Detachment

Tuesday, April 25
LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals

Thursday, April 27
Verbal De-escalation Training

Please log into your Online Center and click the Professional Development tile to see session descriptions, more details and to enroll.

Families can explore STEM, manufacturing careers through open house hosted by WMU-Grand Rapids, Autocam Medical and GRCC

From building motorized LEGO creations to watching robots in action, Western Michigan University-Grand Rapids, Autocam Medical and Grand Rapids Community College are is opening the doors to exploration for future scientists.

The second annual AMP Lab Family Open House event is planned for Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMP Lab @ WMU, located at 200 Ionia Ave. SW in downtown Grand Rapids. This free event encourages children ages 5-12 to explore the world of STEM and manufacturing through a variety of curiosity-provoking hands-on activities.

Aiming to foster a multitalented workforce to help reinvigorate the advanced manufacturing industries, the lab features high-tech equipment such as 3D printers, lasers and scanners to offer hands-on instruction and training, including computer numerical control programming, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing.

“Our next generation of students and workers will be facing a world much different than in decades past, so it is vital for us to find ways to evolve and support the changing needs of tomorrow’s students as well as the workforce of the future,” said Joanne Roehm, senior director of strategy and operations at WMU-Grand Rapids. “The AMP Lab Family Open House is an exciting and engaging opportunity to connect Western Michigan University with our local community. We continue to explore ways to inspire curiosity in children, adults and everyone in between.”

GRCC will join Western engineering faculty, Autocam Medical, Bricks4Kidz, West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology and JR Automation to present an array of fun-filled activities, including building programmable LEGO robots, making buttons, sitting in a Formula 1 car and watching 3D printers in action. The AMP Lab Family Open House welcomed 300 attendees in 2022.

“We are proud to call the AMP Lab @ WMU our home for manufacturing education and to provide K-12 students a place to explore and learn about rewarding opportunities for future engineers, designers and skilled workers in West Michigan,” said Dr. Steven Butt, dean of Western’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Occupying the first two floors of Western’s Grand Rapids regional location, the AMP Lab @ WMU is a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing partnership laboratory where the next generation of engineers, designers and other skilled individuals can cultivate their abilities.

“The AMP Lab was designed to foster collaborative learning between industry leaders, educators and students and provides a unique opportunity to create pathways to careers in manufacturing and engineering,” said John Kennedy IV, general manager of Autocam Medical.

Fernando Rivera-Calderon hits a grand slam, drives in seven runs as GRCC’s baseball team tops Calvin University

Fernando Rivera-Calderon  in uniform with a seriouss expression.

Fernando Rivera-Calderon hit a grand slam and drove in a season-high seven runs as the Grand Rapids Community College baseball team topped Calvin University’s reserves 15-9 on Tuesday.

GRCC started the game with three straight hits, and led 5-0 before Calvin even batted.  The team extended the lead to 7-0, but Calvin closed the gap to just three runs after a four-run second inning. GRCC would score the next six runs enroute to a 15-9 victory.

Seven GRCC players had multiple hits in the game, including three for Zacarias Salinas and Fernando Rivera-Calderon and four by Jacob Gumieny.

Rivera-Calderon’s grand slam was his third home run of the season. Gumieny totaled three RBI and was just a home run away from the cycle.

Jeremy Marble started on the mound for the Raiders and picked up the win.  Ethan London, Riley Hawkins, Kellan Smith and Caden Van DeBurg  saw action in relief work.

The baseball team is now 9-9 overall after starting the season 2-8 in a tough spring break down south.

GRCC is scheduled to resume conference play next at Mid Michigan College on Thursday at 2 p.m.

This story was reported by Ben Brown.

March has a third pay date

Did you know that twice a year there’s a third pay date in a month on our biweekly pay schedule? GRCC follows a biweekly pay schedule – which is not the same as bimonthly.

Bimonthly is twice a month, which would be 24 pay dates. We are biweekly, which is every two weeks, so that’s 26 pay dates. One of the third-pay-date months this year is in March! (The other one will be in September 2023.)

Keep in mind that items like health insurance premiums are not deducted on third pay dates, so your pay amount may be somewhat different than what you normally see. That’s the reason why! You can always reference the Payroll Schedule to keep on top of the dates. And don’t forget to review your pay stubs in the Online Center so you can compare the pay breakdowns.

If you want to learn more, there are still spots available in the upcoming professional development session Show Me the Money.

Register in your Online Center and join us this Thursday, 3/30/23, from 3-4pm in 103 Sneden.

StandOut hosting Trans Visibility Genderbread cookie decorating event March 30

International Transgender Day of Visibility is on March 31! To celebrate trans people everywhere, we will be decorating gingerbread cookies the day before.

Thursday, March 30 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Student Center, room 336

You get to create something and you get a free cookie. It will be first come, first serve and you can also stay and talk if you like.

Language Arts Online Tutorial Lab: April APA and MLA workshops

The Language Arts Lab will hold several workshops next week to discuss APA and MLA citation formatting. We will discuss in-text citations, works cited, and reference page entries.

Please bring any specific questions you might have. Daytime workshops will be held in a hybrid format via Zoom and at Cook Hall 507, and evening workshops will be held on Zoom only.

Please refer to the schedule and the Zoom link below:

Monday, April 3
APA Citations 6 – 7 p.m.
MLA Citations 7 –  8 p.m.
(Zoom only)

Tuesday, April 4
APA Citations noon – 1 p.m.
MLA Citations 1 – 2 p.m.
(Zoom & Cook 507)

Friday, April 7
APA Citations 9 – 10 a.m.
MLA Citations 10 – 11 a.m.
(Zoom & Cook 507) 

Zoom link for all workshops:

These workshops will be recorded and posted on Blackboard. Please let me know if you have any questions about the workshops or if there are issues with the link. We look forward to seeing you there!

Language Arts Lab