Lansing Community College


The RISE Institute Overview and Purpose

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) have collaborated on a new approach to engage Lansing Community College’s (LCC) faculty, through focused pedagogy. 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. The ultimate goal is to improve teaching and therefore success for all students through Critical Pedagogy and Universal Design for Learning. Formerly known as the Faculty Institute, the RISE Institute offers LCC’s educators a new model to include self-reflection and introspection, in regards to their classrooms.

Overall Learning Objectives

  • Explore frameworks to prepare for inclusive teaching
  • Reflect on identity and diversity in the classroom: Who are you? Who are LCC students?
  • Explore selected evidence-based pedagogical strategies to create and sustain inclusive learning environments
  • Engage with peers to transform a course
  • Create or revise a course that responds to and engages a diverse classroom
  • Improve teaching, student success and promote inclusive excellence and diversity

RISE Institute Outline

The two-day RISE Institute offers an opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary peer-group to explore how to create and support an inclusive learning environment. A four-point framework invites entry from all disciplinary perspectives: Consider who you are, who you teach, how you teach, and what you teach. Day One – Interactive engagement with resources and materials along with shared learning from colleagues/peers. Day Two – Deep dive into the material through application, role playing, critical conversations, student panels and expert coaching. By the end of this institute, participants will have had the chance to transform a course through the lens of diversity and inclusion, create an action plan for inclusive excellence through Critical Pedagogy and Universal Design for Learning, and be equipped with strategies and intervention methods for underrepresented student groups.


  • Any individual who teaches credit-bearing, semester-long courses at LCC may apply. Faculty from all disciplines are welcome and encouraged to participate.
  • All Participants will be called “Fellows”
  • Both full-time and adjunct faculty will eligible to participate
  • A select number of spaces will be reserved for staff and administrators to participate
  • 30 participants each academic year

Incentives for RISE Fellows

  • Co-author book, published blog (using Press Books) Jim Luke partnership
  • Fellows will receive financial stipend upon completion ($750 per person)
  • Fellows will receive a Diversity Champion Certification
Tonya Bailey posing for a photo

Contact Us

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Tonya Bailey
Phone: 517-483-1116