Lansing Community College

LCC’s New Chief Diversity Officer

 Tonya Bailey - LCC’s new chief diversity officer

LANSING, Mich. – Lansing Community College welcomed its new chief diversity officer just a few short months ago, but she has already made significant contributions and gained the respect and hearts of those she has come in contact with.

Tonya Bailey began her career at LCC in fall 2018 joining the college from Michigan State University where she served as the director of Student Success, where she focused on student support initiatives.

Since joining LCC she has started the popular conversation series, ‘On and Poppin’ with Tonya Bailey where she addresses student concerns and issues over popcorn, with a “nothing is off the table policy.”

LCC’s President, Brent Knight says, “Tonya has taken the college by storm.” Knight shares, “Her fresh approach, warm personality and ability to connect with others makes her a natural fit for the role of chief diversity officer.”

She is currently co-chairing LCC’s participation in the national 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act that commemorates four centuries of African-American History in the United States.

LCC Trustee Angela Mathews says, “Tonya Bailey is a force to be reckoned with and brings a power packed personality of grace, strength and acceptance.”

Prior to her time at MSU, Bailey spent 18 years at the University of Michigan-Flint, gaining expertise in program development and design, academic advising, coaching and career development services. She also served as a lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Africana Studies.

Bailey holds a bachelor’s of science from the University of Evansville and a master of public administration from the University of Michigan-Flint, and will soon complete her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Central Michigan University.

The Flint area native is making a splash in Lansing and is right at home at LCC.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

Lansing Community College provides equal opportunity for all persons and prohibits discriminatory practices based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the College.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Human Resource Manager/Employee Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1879; Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-9632.

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