College hosts 300 students for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit

The Student Summit on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was held Friday, Sept. 20, at the Downtown Campus. More than 300 students attended the day-long event, including college students from LCC, Michigan State University and Davenport University, as well as a select group from area high schools.

State Rep. Sarah Anthony kicked off the event, followed by LCC faculty, staff and local professionals presenting workshops on financial literacy, diversity and inclusion, mental health, and more. Lunch in the Commons included tables for college departments to share information with attendees as well as service projects to be completed by participants. The lunch hour also included a keynote address from motivational speaker Shon Hart.

The day concluded with a community poetry project led by Professor Barbara Clauer and poetry performances from student Ferris Blackwell and Professor Ravon Keith. LCC Chief Diversity Officer Tonya Bailey gave the closing keynote. The planning committee was pleased with the success of the day and hopes to continue it annually.