The shootings in the Atlanta area that resulted in the murder of eight people, including six Asian women, on Tuesday, March 16, has deeply impacted Lansing Community College. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion mourns the loss of innocent lives and we join the LCC community and people everywhere in mourning the victims.
While this incident remains under investigation, these attacks come amidst a nationwide pandemic and a disturbing rise in violence, discrimination, and xenophobia directed against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
We stand in solidarity with the AAPI communities and condemn not only recent acts of violence against them but also the inescapable discrimination and stereotyping that have existed for far too long. This has harmed Asian American lives and impoverished our society as a whole.
The LCC Board of Trustees noted in their July 2020 resolution addressing Racial Injustice through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that “Lansing Community College strongly rejects and condemns all forms of discrimination and inequities and stands firm against all who would use violence and ethnic intimidation whether in law enforcement or otherwise.”
Dr. Tonya Bailey, Chief Diversity Office at LCC, said, “We all have an obligation to stand up against racism wherever and whenever we find it because silence is violence. Today, we are reminded again that racism’s abhorrent poison disrupts the lives of many different groups and people. As LCC remains committed beyond rhetoric in the work toward a more fully inclusive and equitable college in the community we serve and beyond, we must stand for and with all groups who contribute to the diversity of our institution and the world.”
LCC’s AAPI community is a vital source of creativity and strength. Our success as a college depends on ensuring individuals from all backgrounds can thrive here and in our nation. Our efforts to fight systemic racism and stand for justice continues and we remain unwavering in our support for our AAPI students, faculty, staff, and alumni to build a better world.
LCC has a number of resources available, including programs, websites, and toolkits, related to issues of systemic racism, diversity, and inclusion. Please visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website to learn more.
Bailey stated, “LCC and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion stand in solidarity with the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities and will continue to work to end racism and hate in all its forms.”
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 lcc.edu.
Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of 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 that is unrelated to the person’s ability to 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; Lori Willett, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1870; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.