100 Ways to Give: school supplies needed for ABO students

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center, Office of Equity Affairs and the Older Learner Center are collaborating on a #100WaystoGive project to collect items for students in Alpha Beta Omega. You can see a list of needed items in the flier below.

To see the full list of 100 Ways to Give projects, click here. When getting involved, don’t forget to share it on social media by using #GRCC100years and #100waystogive on Twitter and Instagram, and “Grand Rapids Community College” on Facebook.

100 Ways to Give: Equity Affairs, Diversity Learning, Older Learner centers team up to help ABO students

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center, Office of Equity Affairs and the Older Learner Center are collaborating on a #100WaystoGive project to collect items for students in Alpha Beta Omega. You can see a list of needed items in the flier below.

To see the full list of 100 Ways to Give projects, click here. When getting involved, don’t forget to share it on social media by using #GRCC100years and #100waystogive on Twitter and Instagram, and “Grand Rapids Community College” on Facebook.

GRCC In the News, 1-27-15

New ‘Change Agent Award’ goes to co-founders of GRCC program for black males

Jan. 26, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – – Two men whose leadership program has helped male black students triple their achievement levels at Grand Rapids Community College in just two years will be the first recipients of the Change Agent Award created by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

GRCC faculty: Not offering domestic partner benefits for LGBT employees is discriminatory

Jan. 26, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College faculty members spoke out Monday in support of adding domestic partner benefits for unmarried couples, saying that in their absence, gays are in effect discriminated against.

Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. King

Jan. 26, 2015; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Northview Public Schools, MI — To honor Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Breton Downs Elementary students held signs expressing Freedom, Peace and Love during a silent march near their school in memory of the civil rights activist.

… Some two dozen students from Northview’s East Campus High School joined the annual King Day March at Grand Rapids Community College. Three teachers accompanied the students on a noon march beginning at the Ford Fieldhouse.

World Affairs Council kicks off discussion series with NPR correspondent analyzing digital privacy

Jan. 26, 2015; MLive

The Great Discussion Series from the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan will begin Monday, Feb. 2, with Aarti Shahani, National Public Radio’s technology correspondent, as the featured guest.

… World Affairs Council of West Michigan’s educational partners and corporate members attend free, as do students, faculty and staff of participating schools including Aquinas College, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Montcalm Community College, and Western Michigan University.

Eric Williams, Andre Fields win Change Agent Award

Congratulations to Eric Williams, GRCC’s executive director for equity affairs, and Andre Fields, of the Counseling and Career Center, for receiving the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s Change Agent Award!

This new award recognizes people who have acted with fierce conviction to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. Mr. Williams and Mr. Fields were nominated for their work with GRCC’s Alpha Beta Omega program. They serve as co-directors of the program, which formed in December 2012 to help reverse low achievement rates among black men in higher education. The group hosts motivational speakers and field trips to four-year universities and connects members with mentors, tutoring and counseling resources.

Award finalists will be recognized during the annual Diversity Visionary Awards Celebration on March 5.

Raider Salute to Stacey Herrick

The Campus LGBT Task Force wants to send out a Raider Salute to Stacey Herrick for searching throughout the entire campus to identify all the single-stall, locking bathrooms. In order to increase safe restroom access for transgender and other campus community members who may feel uncomfortable or unsafe utilizing female- or male-designated restrooms, the identified restrooms will all be labeled “unisex” (i.e., gender-inclusive). A listing of their locations are currently posted online: http://cms.grcc.edu/socialsciences/genderstudies/campusgenderrelatedfacilities

We will soon have these locations posted on select departmental web sites as well. Thanks, Stacey!!

GRCC In the News, 11-10-14

GRCC to showcase new manufacturing equipment during event for local employers

Nov. 7, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will show local employers its new mechatronics equipment during a Nov. 13 event.

How welcoming is GRCC? College to share results of campus climate survey at town hall forum

Nov. 8, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will discuss the results of a campus climate survey Tuesday at two on-campus forums.

Ionia students participate in College Application Week

Nov. 7, 2014; The Ionia Sentinel Standard

Ionia, Mich. — Ionia High School staff and students participated in a week-long national initiative aimed at increasing opportunities for students to apply for college known as College Application Week.

… The final event of the week provided students with an opportunity to fill out college applications and meet with college representatives from Grand Rapids Community College, Montcalm Community College and Lansing Community College.

Skippers open season with blowout win

Nov. 8, 2014; The Port Huron Times Herald

It wasn’t always pretty. But a new era of basketball began Saturday for the St. Clair County Community College women’s basketball team.

The Skippers jumped out to an early advantage against Grand Rapids Community College and never trailed in the 91-76 victory at SC4 gym.

Forums scheduled on campus climate survey

The results of a campus climate survey conducted during spring 2014 at Grand Rapids Community College indicate that 84 percent of respondents – including faculty, staff/administrators and students – are “comfortable” or “very comfortable” with the GRCC campus climate. Conversely, the results also indicate that 11 percent of respondents believe they have personally experienced exclusionary, intimidating, offensive, and/or hostile conduct.

Sue Rankin, of Rankin & Associates Consulting who conducted the survey, said the results are consistent with findings at other higher education institutions across the country, based on the work of R&A Consulting.

In similar reports conducted by Rankin & Associates, 70 percent to 80 percent of respondents found the campus climate at their institution to be “comfortable” or “very comfortable” and 20 percent to 25 percent of respondents believed they experienced exclusionary, intimidating, offensive and/or hostile conduct, she said. Campus climate is defined as the current attitudes, behaviors, and standards of faculty, staff, administrators, and students concerning the level of respect for individual needs, abilities and potential.

These and further results will be shared with the public during two town hall forums Nov. 11. The first forum is being held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second from 3-4:30 p.m. in room 168 of the ATC.

“The purpose of this work is to gauge where we stand in accordance with our values of diversity, respect and integrity,” President Ender said. “Knowing our strengths and where we need to focus more attention gives us actionable data to further evolve our campus climate.”

There were 3,289 GRCC community members who completed the survey, a response rate of 19 percent. Reviewing the response rate by constituent group, of the total population in each group, 17 percent of students, 26 percent of faculty, and 48 percent of staff/administrators – or 2,771 students, 204 faculty, and 314 staff/administrators – completed the survey.

“We’re pleased with the number of campus community members who took the time to help us conduct this survey,” said Eric Williams, executive director for equity and inclusion. “These results will give us a baseline on diversity and inclusion at GRCC to help us build on our strengths, better understand our challenges, and guide us as we actualize our commitment to having an inclusive campus.”

Williams added that next steps include creating community-driven actions that will help GRCC address its challenges.

A PDF of the full report will be made available Nov. 12 here. Hard copies will be available in the GRCC Library and Learning Commons, and in the Student Success Center.

100 Ways to Give: school supplies for ABO

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The Diversity Learning Center, Office of Equity Affairs and the Older Learner Center are collaborating to collect items for students in the campus’s Alpha Beta Omega World Leaders Society.

If you would like to donate, please drop off any of the following items to the Diversity Learning Center in room 119 of the Learning Commons:

  • three-hole punch.
  • backpacks.
  • binders.
  • calculators.
  • calendars.
  • dress socks.
  • flash drives.
  • highlighters.
  • notebooks.
  • notebook dividers.
  • pens or pencils.
  • planners.
  • rulers.
  • staplers.

To see the full list of projects, click here. When getting involved don’t forget to share it on social media by using #GRCC100years and #100waystogive on Twitter and Instagram, and “Grand Rapids Community College” on Facebook.

100 Ways to Give: school supplies for ABO

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ABO_07_2013_029The Diversity Learning Center, Office of Equity Affairs and the Older Learner Center are collaborating to collect items for students in the campus’s Alpha Beta Omega World Leaders Society.

If you would like to donate, please drop off any of the following items to the Diversity Learning Center in room 119 of the Learning Commons:

  • three-hole punch.
  • backpacks.
  • binders.
  • calculators.
  • calendars.
  • dress socks.
  • flash drives.
  • highlighters.
  • notebooks.
  • notebook dividers.
  • pens or pencils.
  • planners.
  • rulers.
  • staplers.

To see the full list of projects, click here. When getting involved don’t forget to share it on social media by using #GRCC100years and #100waystogive on Twitter and Instagram, and “Grand Rapids Community College” on Facebook.

GRCC Campus Climate Study

Grand Rapids Community College is in the process of assessing its campus climate. Through an Assessment of Learning, Living and Working at GRCC, the college is surveying faculty, staff and students to learn about how they experience the current campus climate. The goals of the project are multifold:

  • identify successful initiatives.
  • uncover any challenges facing members of our community.
  • develop strategic initiatives to build on the successes and address the challenges.

Starting Thursday, March 13, the survey will be available at https://survey11.survey.psu.edu/grcc/. It will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete and is confidential. All of your answers will remain confidential and the results will be reported in group form only. You will not be identifiable as an individual.

Learn more about the Campus Climate Study at grcc.edu/equityaffairsoffice/campusclimate.