Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

President Nesbary’s Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative


Muskegon Community College DEI Partnership Proposal (June 2021)


Muskegon Community College DEI Task Force Members

  • Stephanie Briggs – Director of Admissions, Muskegon Community College
  • Nicholas Budimir – Faculty, Social Sciences Department, Muskegon Community College
  • Henry Edwards – Vice President, Organization Effectiveness & Diversity (Retired)
  • Eli Fox – Institutional Research Analyst, Muskegon Community College
  • Ed Garner – Regional Director, Michigan Small Business Development Center
  • Kenneth James – Director of Inclusion, Grand Rapids Chamber
  • Dr. Morris Jenkins – Associate Professor, Justice, Law, and Public Safety, Lewis University
  • Lowell Kirksey – Muskegon NAACP
  • Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige – Executive Associate to the President for Diversity & Inclusion, Calvin University
  • Dr. Dale Nesbary – President, Muskegon Community College
  • Rozelia Patino – Assistant Manager, Social Security Administration, Grand Rapids
  • Tonya Pell – 4-H Program Coordinator, MSU Extension Muskegon County
  • Jamar Ragland – Mentor, Early College of Muskegon County
  • Danielle Smith – Vice President of Human Resources, Shape Corp.
  • Dr. Pamela Smith – Adjunct, Business Department, Muskegon Community College
  • Dwana Thompson – EEO and Employee Relations Director, City of Muskegon

We believe . . .

We believe everyone will benefit from the work of our dedicated students, faculty, and staff in making our campus and community the best it can be.  Attend our programs, events and use the services and resources that will support your needs.  Commit to participate.


  • Diversity: Diversity encompasses complex differences and similarities in perspectives, identities, and points of view among members of an institution as well as among individuals who make up the wider community. Diversity includes important and interrelated dimensions of human identity such as race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, socio-economic status, nationality, citizenship, religion, sexual orientation, ability and age. Source: https://www.luther.edu/ed-accreditation/assets/Standard_4_IR__3_10_13.pdf
  • Equity: Fairness or justice in the way people are treated. (Merriam-Webster)
  • Inclusion: “The achievement of an environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the organization’s success”. (Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – http://www.talentintelligence.com/blog/bid/377611/inclusion-and-the-benefits-of-diversity-in-the-workplace

MCC’s Mission, Vision and Values

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Programs, Training, Professional Development, Initiatives, Activities and Events

Campus Resources

  • Disability Support Services – Room 2046A  (231) 777-0309
    Disability Support Services is an important part of the broad range of services offered at Muskegon Community College.  Our goal is to provide effective services, materials, and resources that enable students with disabilities to be successful.
  • Title IX – Room 2109  (231) 777-0350
    Muskegon Community College is committed to developing and sustaining a healthy and diverse learning and working environment that recognizes the value of each individual. MCC advances a safe, pleasant and respectful culture for all, free from sexual violence and sexual harassment as well as dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.  At MCC such behaviors are forms of sexual discrimination that are not tolerated and are prohibited by College policy and the law. For more Title IX resource information, call Counseling and Advising at (231) 777-0362 or Human Resources at (231 )777-0350.
  • Student Success Department – Room 1055 (231) 777-0342
    The Student Life Office brings you services, resources, activities, and events from the non-academic side of college life. We are committed to constantly evolving. We strive to be open-minded and flexible by responding to the needs of the campus and our community. Our staff and our programs aim to encourage the development of leadership skills, values, friendships and the opportunity to make a difference!

Policies and Communications

  • Academic Diversity – To assess, develop, and implement a diverse curriculum for students, support and provide professional development for faculty on issues of diversity, encourage a diverse faculty, provide a welcoming and engaging environment for all students, and create opportunities to empower our students to be successful in a wide array of academic areas and environments while at and once they graduate.  Dr. Kelley Conrad, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Finance, Room 1309 (231) 777-0254.
  • Human Resources – EEO Statement:  Muskegon Community College continues to promote staff diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. MCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, political persuasion, disability, height, weight, veteran status, age or any other protected class in any of its educational programs, activities or employment. Minorities, women, veterans, and the physically challenged are encouraged to apply.  Anyone with a disability will be reasonably accommodated by the College.  If you have a disability and need an accommodation or assistance in applying for this position, please contact the Human Resources Office.  Kristine Anderson, Executive Director of Human Resources, Room 2109 (231) 777-0350
  • MCC Website and Institutional Communications – MCC’s website is the official communication vehicle of the College and is designed for sharing information about the College with the campus community, prospective students, community members, alumni and donors. MCC’s Web Policy applies to information: (1) published on servers owned by Muskegon Community College; (2) published within the Muskegon Community College www.muskegoncc.edu domain; and (3) published elsewhere under direction or control of a Muskegon Community College department, organization or individual, where the contents are identified as Muskegon Community College information. Web pages residing on any MCC server must be ADA compliant and free of copyright violations, privacy policy violations, commercial advertising, and inappropriate material. Peter Koryzno, Communications Manager –  Room 1357B (231) 777-0583
  • MCC TV – is a Muskegon Community College-owned station that markets educational, cultural, and informative programs that advance the mission of the College.  Rod VanNortwick, MCC TV Manager – Room 1350 (231) 777-0541
  • Marketing – through the Office of Community Outreach, promotes enrollment and educational opportunities in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive manner, reaching our students, staff and communities. Amy James, Director of Marketing and Branding – Room 1357E (231) 777-0547.