Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

The DEI Committee has been meeting for the past year.  We explored what we could do to positively affect the future. Here are the committee members:

  • 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, Ethics Institute Coordinator
  • Cheryl Flannery, Early College Dean and Course Manager
  • Nicholas Budimir, Faculty, Social Sciences Department
  • Donella Cooper, Coordinator, Special Populations and International Student
  • Ismael Enriquez, Faculty, Foreign Languages Department Coordinator
  • Dr. Pamela Smith, Adjunct, Business Department and Director of Pathfinders After-School Program
  • Eli Fox, Manager of Student Success and Veterans Affairs
  • Teresa Williams, Adjunct Faculty, English and Communications Department
  • Trynette Lottie-Harps, Dean of Community Outreach

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.  Follow our calendar of events and commit to participate.

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.

Click here to view the MCC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion PowerPoint presentation


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.

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:

Training and Development
Professional Development
Title IX Trainings

  • Title IX Bystander Intervention Training
  • LGBTQ Sensitivity
  • LGBTQ Pride Month Talk on Sanctuary of the Gay Bar
  • Sexual Harassment, Dating Violence and Stalking
  • Gender Identity and Transgender-Inclusive Environments
  • QPR Suicide Prevention

Continuing Education – Non-Credit Enrichment Training

  • Jayhawk Academy
  • Men’s Leadership Conference
  • Women’s Empowerment Conference

Global Awareness Month
Black History Month
Native American Month
International Studies
International Education Week
Minority Males Community College Collaborative (M2C3)

Events and Activities
MCC Lecture Series

  • Buddhist Zen Master
  • Labor Relations
  • Military Conflict
  • The Art and History of the Celts

Native American Month
Ancient Rome and Human Sacrifice: Dr. Celia Schultz
The Importance of Myth
…And Justice For All
Educational Field Trips

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

Campus Resources:

  1. Special Services – Room 204  (231)-777- 0404
    Special 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 who are members of Special Populations to be successful.
  2. 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.
  3. Sexual Violence and Harassment Information
  4. Mercy Health Work Services – Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  5. Student Life – Room 103 * (231) 777-0216
  6. 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!
  7. Clubs and Organizations
  8. Veterans – (231)-777-0342
  9. Lactation Room for Nursing Mothers
  10. Continuing Education – Room 1127 * (231) 777-0348 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.
  11. Jayhawk Academy
  12. Non-credit Enrichment Training / Professional Development
  13. Campus Security – (231) 777-0454 Safety Concerns, Lost & Found and Wheelchair availability.
  14. 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.
Community Resources:
  1. Every Woman’s Place (Muskegon)  231-722-3333
  2. Center for Women in Transition (Grand Haven)  800-848-5991
  3. Women’s Information Service Inc. (Newaygo County)  800-374-9473
  4. YMCA West Central Michigan (Kent County)  616-459-7092 Ext.515
  5. Personal Protection Orders and Legal Advocate Office  231-724-6422
  6. Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies – Muskegon chgs-muskegon@gmail.com  (231) 777-0559 The Center will provide opportunities to the Muskegon community that result in education, commemoration and perpetuation.

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.  Teresa Sturrus, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Finance, Room 1112 / (231) 777-0254 and Dr. Andy Wible,  Arts and Humanities Department Chair, Rooms 166 and 144 / (231) 777-0626

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.

MCC Calendar of DEI-Related Events

August 2016

  • Title IX Training – August 17, 2016, Faculty Orientation, Presenter – Linda Hood

September 2016

  • MCC Club Recruitment
  • Jayhawk Academy Program begins – September 13, 2016
  • And Justice For All: Defamation, The Play – September 20, 2016 at 6pm-8pm

October 2016

  • “Mindfulness: Practice and Benefits” – Dat Pham, Pharm D., A Buddhist Zen Master, who operates the Tathata Nourishment Center, Oct. 5, 2016, 7pm, Room 1100

November 2016

  • Veterans Day Ceremony – November 11, 2016
  • Sexual Harassment, Dating Violence and Stalking – November 10, 2016, Presenter – Seth York
  • International Education Week – November 14 -18, 2016 (American Textures Film, Study Abroad Student Reports and International Student Panel Discussion)
  • Title IX 2016 Updates: Gender Identity and Transgender-Inclusive Environments – November 18, 2016, Presenter – Eli Fox
  • Study Abroad Exhibits (Germany, Belize, German and Spanish languages, etc.), Music (in collaboration with Student Life), short documentary about study abroad – November 16, 2016
  • International Students Panel Discussion, Blue and Gold Room – November 17, 2016, 6-8:30 pm
  • Native American Month – November 2016
  • “And Justice For All” Community Dialogue, The 13th Amendment:  From Shackles to Prison Bars – November 3, 2016  (6pm-8pm)
  • Title IX 2016 Updates: Gender Identity and Transgender-Inclusive Environments – November 21, 2016, Presenter – Eli Fox
  • “Indian Children in American History” – Matthew Fletcher, Professor of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center, Michigan State University – November 17, 7pm, Room 1100
  • Title IX 2016 Updates: Gender Identity and Transgender-Inclusive Environments – November 30, 2016, Presenter – Eli Fox

December 2016

  • Bystander Intervention – December 1, 2016, Presenter – Larry Visconti
  • Title IX Bystander Intervention Training – December 2 and December 9, 2016, Presenter – Larry Visconti
  • Jayhawk Academy Graduation Celebration – December 9, 2016

January 2017

  • MLK Unity Breakfast – January 13, 2017

February 2017

  • Black History Month
  • Global Awareness Festival – February 13 – 17, 2017

March 2017

  • And Justice for All,  Panel Discussion,  “What Do You Do When Pulled Over by the Police”  March 20th, 10am – Noon in Rm. 1100
  • Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies-Muskegon, 2016 film, Salam Neighbor, 2 showings at 1pm and 6pm.  Q&A immediately following the film.  Room 1200

April 2017

  • Commemoration Service, Samuel Lutheran Church, Muskegon, MI  3:30pm
  • Shoah Remembrance (High School Outreach Day) – April 24, 2017
  • Conversations with a Survivor, Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Muskegon,