Lansing Community College

LCC’s chief diversity officer named to Michigan task force

By Marilyn Twine

LCC’s chief diversity officer named to Michigan task force

LANSING, Mich. – Tonya Bailey, LCC’s chief diversity officer has been named to the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.

The task force created by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, which Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II will lead, has its focus squarely on racial disparities in Michigan’s coronavirus outbreak.

Gilchrist said, “We are taking immediate action to assemble some of the greatest minds to tackle this racial injustice now and in the future.”

In Michigan, and in states across the nation, communities of color are experiencing greater health challenges during this crisis which is out of proportion to other communities.

Dr. Bailey will join health experts, scientists, doctors, community organizers, and legislators to develop strategies to address racial disparities and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

"I am honored and humbled to serve on this task force,” Bailey said. “Watching this virus attack our communities, our friends, and our loved ones is a tremendous burden. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of people of color who suffer greatly from a lack of access to health care, transportation and other inequalities that disproportionately increase health challenges during this crisis.”

The task force will convene for its first meeting on April 17, 2020.

Bailey has been LCC’s chief diversity officer since the fall of 2018 and holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Central Michigan University, a master of public administration from the University of Michigan-Flint, and a bachelor’s of science from the University of Evansville.

 

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.

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