Lansing Community College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) provides resources that foster awareness as well as empower students with knowledge, tools and experiences that promote global citizenship and a more inclusive campus. We thus embrace an inclusive community that brings together students, faculty, and staff of different racial and multi-racial, ethnic and multi-ethnic, gender and sexually diverse, economic, religious, and national identities and ages.
Lansing Community College Land Acknowledgement
Lansing Community College occupies the ancestral, traditional and contemporary lands of the Anishnaabeg - Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. In particular, the City of Lansing and LCC reside on land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.
You Are Welcome Here
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion envisions a college that is supportive of all perspectives, cultures, and differences. Our core values are evident through services, programs, and initiatives that ensure the creation and maintenance of a diverse and inclusive community that affirms diverse perspectives, attitudes, beliefs, and experiences.
- Promote an inclusive environment where students, faculty, and staff feel safe and supported
- Provides trainings for students faculty and staff and surround community
- Creates and implements programs that bring diverse perspectives to campus
- Collaborates with campus and community partners to recruit and retain a diverse population of students, staff, and faculty
- Coordinates services and programming that improves retention and transition for students from underrepresented populations
Preferred Name and Chosen Pronoun Initiative
At LCC we strive to make sure everyone feels valued, accepted and welcomed. A new procedure now allows all LCC students, faculty, and staff to select the name and pronouns they use that will be integrated into most systems at the college.
Men About Progress (MAP), is an initiative established by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at LCC to increase, encourage, and support the inclusion and educational success of male students of color, particularly African-American males (AAM).
Addressing unconscious bias and critical issues that educators face every day, the RISE Institute - Reframing Inclusion through Scholarship and Equity -is designed to encourage ownership of professional growth and learning, in a concise format.
A safe zone or a safe space is a confidential place where all people can bring their authentic selves and feel safe, welcome and included.
Women Inspiring Scholarship through Empowerment (WISE) is an initiative that is dedicated to the education and support of the professional career interests of women students at Lansing Community College. The WISE seeks to inspire, support and empower women by offering educational opportunities for development of knowledge and leadership skills, building of professional and personal connections, promoting the presence of professional women, and fostering mentoring relationships.
Definitions of Diversity and Inclusion
Refers to the variety of human differences and personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from cultural and circumstance differences. Varieties of difference and experience including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, education, relationship status, language, veteran status, physical and cognitive ability or physical appearance, religious affiliation and spiritual representation, national origin, citizenship, political beliefs, and more.
Refers to the ongoing practice of recognizing and eliminating barriers and bias within procedures, processes, and distribution of resources in a structure of system. Specifically, equity is deliberately and actively working to ensure full participation across cultural and circumstance differences by redressing the exclusion of historically underrepresented groups in the dominant society. To be effective, equity should involve the distribution of resources according to the needs of the recipients.
Refers to the act of creating safe and welcoming environments in which every person feels invited, accepted, respected, supported, and valued to participate fully. An inclusive climate requires ongoing elimination of practices and behaviors which marginalize individuals by embracing differences. Inclusion demonstrates respect in words and actions such that everyone can be included or be made a part of something.