Lansing Community College

LCC Courageous Conversations series continues

By Marilyn Twine

LCC Board of Trustees to serve as panelists

Courageous Conversations: A dialog on racism, inclusion and diversity

LANSING, Mich. – LCC is set to hold its second in the series of Courageous Conversations 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.

This virtual event will be led by LCC’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Tonya Bailey, and will feature special guests, LCC Trustees Andrew Abood, Angela Mathews, and Samantha Vaive. The conversation will focus on race, perception, and implicit bias.

Participants will interact in conversations, conduct self-reflection, engage in active listening, and join in group learning to discuss often difficult topics. The Courageous Conversations series aims to make deliberate strides toward providing a “brave space” to discuss race, equity, and inclusion.

LCC’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a historic resolution addressing racial injustice through equity and inclusion last June.

“Given the unprecedented moment we face as a country this year’s launch of a campus-wide courageous conversation series on race brings diverse members of our community together for honest dialogue about race,” said Dr. Tonya Bailey. “We can all play an important role in dismantling racism to create a more inclusive, just, and safe community college. By committing to understanding and talking about race all of our lives will be better and LCC will be the beneficiary of our progress.”

Dr. Bailey was named to the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this year.

For more information on the series and to obtain meeting information visit us at

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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