Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Members are:

  • Dale Nesbary, President
  • John Selmon, Provost and Executive Vice President
  • Kelley Conrad, Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Kristine Anderson, Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Dan Rinsema-Sybenga, Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Gretchen Cline, Faculty, English and Communications Department and Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Andy Wible, Faculty, Arts and Humanities Department, and Ethics Institute Coordinator
  • Cheryl Flannery, Early College Dean and Course Manager
  • Nicholas Budimir, Faculty, Social Sciences Department
  • Donella Cooper, Coordinator, Disability Support Services Specialist
  • Ismael Enriquez, Faculty, Foreign Languages Department Coordinator
  • Dr. Pamela Smith, Adjunct, Business Department
  • Eli Fox, Manager of Student Success and Veterans Affairs
  • Student Representative
  • Trynette Lottie-Harps, Dean of Community Outreach


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

Supportive MCC Mission Statement

Muskegon Community College, dedicated to equity and excellence, prepares students, builds communities, and improves lives. (Adopted by the Board of Trustees on January 18, 2017)

Benefits of Working in a Diverse Environment

According to Michael D. Lee, MBA (Michael@EthnoConnect.com), there are many benefits of working and learning in a diverse environment:

  • Creativity increases when people with different ways of solving difficult problems work together towards a common solution.
  • Productivity increases exponentially when people of all cultures pull together towards a single inspiring goal.
  • New processes may result when people with different ideas come together and collaborate.

Four-Step Plan

We will focus on four steps to support our endeavors:

  1. Assess and identify barriers within our environment.
  2. Develop a plan of action to address barriers.
  3. Educate our students, faculty, staff and community to celebrate differences and embrace the oneness of human-kind.
  4. Educate and empower our students, faculty, staff, and community to celebrate diversity and embrace the goodness of everyone. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Programs, Trainings, Professional Development, Initiatives, Activities and Events

Training and Development

Professional Development / Title IX Trainings

  • LGBTQ Sensitivity Training
  • Sexual Harassment, Dating Violence and Stalking
  • QPR Suicide Prevention
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s

Continuing Education – Non-Credit Enrichment Classes and Training

  • Jayhawk Academy
  • Adult Foster Care Training
  • Silver Ed Enrichment
  • Ed2Go Online Classes


  • Black History Month
    • Co-Sponsored the viewing of the movie, “Hidden Figures”
    • Muskegon Heights West Side Story – Panel Discussion
  • International Studies
  • Minority Males Community College Collaborative (M2C3)

 Events and Activities

  • MCC Lecture Series
    • Socialism:  What is It?
    • Labor Relations
    • Military Conflict
    • The Art and History of the Celts
  • African American Read-In Chain
  • And Justice For All
    • Life After Incarceration
    • Co-Sponsored the viewing of the movie, “Hidden Figures”
  • Experiential Learning (Field Trips)
    • Henry Ford Museum and Ford F-150 Factory Tour, Dearborn, MI
    • Vicksburg National Military Park; Nashville, TN; the historic architecture of Columbus, IN; and the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, IL
    • Detroit Institute of the Arts

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Resources

Campus Resources:

  • Disability Support Services – Room 204  (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 400  (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.
  • Sexual Violence and Harassment Information
  • Mercy Health Work Services – Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Student Life Office – Room 103 * (231) 777-0216 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!
    • Jayhawk Hub (Food Pantry, Support, and Resources)
    • Do You Have Test Anxiety? Workshop
    • Grief & Healing Support Group
    • Clubs and Organizations
    • Veterans – (231)-777-0342
    • Lactation Room for Nursing Mothers
    • Suicide Prevention Training
  • Continuing Education – Room 1116 * (231) 777-0532 Continuing Education offers courses, workshops, seminars and special events to meet the lifelong learning needs of the community. These non-credit educational classes emphasize career development, personal growth and cultural enrichment.
    • Jayhawk Academy
    • Non-credit Enrichment Training / Professional Development
    • Adult Foster Care Training
    • WINGS – Co Sponsoring with MAISD
  • Campus Security – (231) 777-0454 Safety Concerns, Lost & Found and Wheelchair availability.
  • Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies – Muskegon chgs-muskegon@gmail.com  231-777-0559
  • Ethics Institute – (231) 777-0626  andy.wible@muskegoncc.edu The goals of the Ethics Institute at Muskegon Community College are to stimulate dialogue, promote awareness, and nurture critical thinking on ethical topics.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: 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.  Kelley Conrad, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Finance, Room 1112 / (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 400 / (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 1129 (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 1101 (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.  Trynette Lottie Harps, Dean of Community Outreach – Room 1117 (231) 777-0559.

Contact Us

Contact Trynette Lottie Harps at (231) 777-0559 (Ext. 559) or by email at trynette.lottie-harps@muskegoncc.edu with any questions or information needs, as well as to add/update resources, policies, and programs.