Lansing Community College

LCC Trustees and college leadership attend ACCT Leadership Congress

By Marilyn Twine

Leadership Congress members

Lansing, Mich. – The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) recently held its 2021 Leadership Congress in San Diego, California. LCC Trustees Ryan Buck, Angela Mathews, Andrew Abood, Robert Proctor, LaShunda Thomas and Samantha Vaive were in attendance, along with LCC President Steve Robinson and Senior Vice President of Business Operations Seleana Samuel.

LCC Trustees and college leadership gave several presentations during the Congress including, “We’ve TALKED, now Let’s WORK! The Development of a College-Wide Equity Action Plan,” presented by Trustees Ryan Buck, Angela Mathews, President Steve Robinson and Dr. Seleana Samuel. The presentation was born out of the Board’s 2020 adopted “Resolution Addressing Racial Injustice Through Equity and Inclusion.”

They outlined how diversity, equity and inclusion outcomes have been embedded in LCC Board policy governance documents and the college’s strategic planning process. They went further in sharing the steps taken to develop an Equity Action Plan and how initiatives on human resources, professional development, college curriculum, college safety practices and law enforcement training have all been impacted.

Trustee Buck also presented to the Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN) “Presidential Transitions – What They Don’t Tell You.”

Trustee Samantha Vaive (Founder and Immediate Past Chair of the Under 45 Caucus) presented “Meeting the Basic Needs of Students,” and focused her remarks on how colleges can fulfill basic student needs like housing, transportation and food to assist them on their academic journey.

While at the ACCT Leadership Congress, Trustee Angela Mathews was elected Vice-Chair of the African American Community College Trustees Association (AACCTA). The AACCTA is a constituency group of the ACCT and serves as an organization committed to “assessing the cumulative effects of higher education policy on African American students, faculty and staff; evaluating the impact of education on economic sustainability to African Americans; producing ongoing conversations around the application of best practices and effective education policies, and promoting civic engagement to transform communities across the nation through productive educational models for rural and urban learning communities.”

“Lansing Community College is a national leader in our student success initiatives, including our Equity Action Plan,” stated LCC Board of Trustees Chair Ryan Buck. “I commend Trustees Mathews and Vaive for their leadership roles in ACCT. They represent the very best of what makes LCC the place where success begins.”


About Association of Community College Trustees

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.

These community professionals, business officials, public policy leaders, and leading citizens offer their time and talent to serve on the governing boards of this century’s most innovative higher education institutions-community, junior, and technical colleges-and make decisions that affect more than 1,200 colleges and over 11 million students annually.


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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