Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College to hold Take a Stand! Sit In!

By Marilyn Twine

Emmy Award winner Rudy Valdez to host a film screening and conversation

Lansing Community College to hold Take a Stand! Sit In!

Lansing, Mich. – LCC is inviting the Greater Lansing area to Take a Stand! and Sit In! on Nov. 22 & 23. The two-day symposium of engaging presentations intended to encourage dialogue about diversity, equity and inclusion will take place virtually and will feature many new voices and topics.

LCC theatre alumnus Rudy Valdez will present his Emmy Award-winning documentary “The Sentence” followed by a conversation about the film. The documentary tells the very personal story of his sister’s experience with the criminal justice system and shines a light on mandatory minimums and sentencing reform. Valdez won the Emmy for Exceptional Merit in the Documentary Filmmaking category at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards in 2019.

Valdez has won numerous awards for “The Sentence” and has created other documentaries for platforms that include HBO, Netflix and Disney+. His most recent work is Breakaway, for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, which focuses on WNBA star Maya Moore’s pursuit in seeking justice for a wrongfully convicted man.

There are seven other presentations over the two-day event including LCC President Steve Robinson and Layne Ingram’s Finding your Passion through Podcasting.

The Take a Stand! Sit In! event grew from the #ScholarStrike for Racial Justice, created by Professors Athena Butler and Kevin Gannon. LCC’s first event was during the fall 2020 semester, and it has since grown across the campus and the larger Lansing community.

For full details and Webex links, visit the Take a Stand! Sit In! website.


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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