LCC’s chief diversity officer named to Michigan task force

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 and led by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II, has its focus squarely on racial disparities in Michigan’s coronavirus outbreak.

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

In Michigan and in states across the nation, communities of color are experiencing greater health challenges during this crisis, disproportionate 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 convened its first meeting April 17.

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.