Lansing Community College

The Equity Center implements college-wide initiatives, engaging with the campus community, to become a national leader in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA).

What is Equity

The ongoing practice of recognizing and eliminating barriers and bias within procedures, processes, and distribution of resources in a structure or system. Specifically, equity is actively working to ensure full participation across cultural and circumstance differences by redressing the exclusion of historically underrepresented groups in the dominant society.

Equity is critical in achieving parity in the educational outcomes of our students, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability status. Beyond issues of access, outcomes of students, faculty, and staff from marginalized statuses are positioned at the forefront of the Equity Center's focus.

Equality vs Equity

Equality refers to giving everyone the exact same resources, whereas equity involves distributing resources based on the needs of the recipients. Equality is also defined as treating everyone the same and giving everyone access to the same opportunities. While equality has become tantamount with "leveling the playing field," equity should be understood as providing resources and access for "those who need it."

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Initiatives

  • Let's Get Working

    Supports maximizing the potential of students and employees talents by fostering an organization culture of inclusion and belonging in which people can thrive.

    Let's get working

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  • Stay Interviews

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources invites faculty and staff to participate in the inaugural stay interview process. As a valued member of the Lansing Community College community, we ask faculty & staff to share your voices and perspectives with us regarding why you continue to choose LCC each day.
    In an effort to determine what makes LCC an attractive place to work and identify areas where we can grow, we are asking faculty & staff to share their opinions for this initiative.
    Anonymous surveys will be sent to all employees in early January 2022. Please watch your email for information and updates. We are holding four listening sessions that will be offered both virtually and in person. The sessions will be facilitated by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources, as well as our consultant, Global Alliance Solutions. The sessions will take place on Downtown and West Campus.
    The findings of the surveys and focus groups will be shared publicly with the LCC community; however, responses will not include information that can identify individuals.

    Facilitated by Office of Diversity & Inclusion Leadership and Human Resources
    • Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, 12 pm - 2 pm
    • Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, 10 am - 12 pm
    Facilitated by Global Alliance Solutions (Note: No LCC administrators will be involved in facilitating these sessions)
    • Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, 1 pm - 3 pm
    • Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • We're Better Than That:

    The "We're better than THAT" campaign will educate LCC law enforcement professionals, students, faculty and staff on ways to approach difficult conversations on divisive topics and to stop hate speech and racism in our community. Racism and hate speech have no place at the Lansing Community College. We aspire to be a community whose members are equally valued and respected.

    Phase 1:

    Sign the Pledge! Never remain silent when observing racist behavior in the LCC community.

    Sign the Pledge

    Phase 2:

    Workshop Series: Becoming Antiracist. Engage with peers and learn best practices about how to address prejudice that may be within our own communities.
    Fall 2022 Launch

  • Equity Leaders for Inclusion (ELI)

    (ELI) are employees who serve as the point of contact for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts within every LCC unit or department. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will ensure ELIs receive appropriate training to serve in this capacity. Engaging activities for ELIs include:

    • Diversity and inclusion planning and implementing equity strategies with departmental members.
    • Report to the equity and inclusion director and chief diversity officer on department-level DEI efforts being conducted campuswide.
    • Serve as point of contact and liaison leader for DEI-related concerns at the department level.
    Important ELI Resources
  • DEI Dashboard:

    The DEI Dashboard was designed to enable and advise college leaders on where to make investments in talent in an effort to create a more inclusive workforce at LCC. The dashboard allows a breakdown of the workforces by division, department/unit and job level and answers questions like: "Which areas of the college are not diverse?" or "How diverse is my leadership distribution?"

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About Us

Lansing Community College’s Equity Center advances organizational, institutional, and systemic equity within the LCC community through shaping College policies and public engagement. Driven by the Equity Action Plan, the work of the Equity Center is focused squarely on addressing racial injustice collegewide. Our policy work shapes the curriculum and program designs to measurably improve the outcomes of our students, particularly BIPOC and/or from other marginalized populations. By providing effective training, the Equity Center fosters inclusivity and equity by creating guided expectations around student and employee orientations in DEI. The Equity Center’s intra-departmental collaborations address structural inequities by establishing changes in the hiring and recruitment processes, especially for faculty. In partnership with the Public Safety Division, the Equity Center ensures fairness in law enforcement procedures, policies, and behaviors.

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Contact Us

Equity Center

Arts & Sciences Building, Suite 1318

Rachel Yamakura
Equity & Inclusion Director
Arts & Sciences Building, Suite 1317
517-483-1173
yamakurr@lcc.edu

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