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Upcoming diversity, equity and inclusion events

Celebrate Día de Los Muertos with LUCERO! Participants at the Oct. 20 event will learn about ways to celebrate Día de Los Muertos with cultural sensitivity, as well as decorate sugar skulls. The holiday has deep roots in Mexican culture, and is observed predominantly in the central and southern regions of Mexico, across Latin America, and anywhere individuals from the culture have relocated. During the Day of the Dead, those who observe the traditions and rituals honor the lives of loved ones who have passed away, temporarily welcoming their spirits back to the land of the living.

Other upcoming events from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and LCC’s Cultural Awareness Committees include the ongoing Socktober donation drive, Empower Hours, and a Brother to Brother induction ceremony. Get details and meeting links online.

Choosing Health! hosting a poker walk on Monday

Back by popular demand! Rejuvenate, get moving and enjoy a break while trying your hand at “poker.” Grab a few coworkers – groups of four are desirable but not necessary – and take a walk. Every time you complete a lap, you’ll pick up a card. Best poker hand wins!
All employees and students are invited to participate.                        
The event will be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, outside the HHS south entrance. You can join anytime in that timeframe. The event will be outdoors, so please dress accordingly. If the weather is terrible, the event will move inside the HHS Building.
For more information, contact

Academic Senate brainstorms possible leadership trainings

The Academic Senate discussed the need for more leadership training at LCC during their Oct. 8 meeting. They reviewed what they thought was essential in a potential training and what they wish they had known when they first stepped into a leadership role. Ideas discussed included Toastmasters, leading from behind, strengths finder tests, and training about LCC’s organizational structure and processes.
Other points of discussion included:

  • The Technology Across the Curriculum Committee reported they are looking at capabilities for hybrid meetings, where some employees are face-to-face and some are remote, as well as possible anti-plagiarism software.
  • The Committee for Assessing Student Learning is taking a three-pronged approach to “learning about student learning,” including an assessment lab for designing and implementing equitable assessments, an assessment research group to add to LCC’s body of knowledge, and a Blue workgroup studying questions for the new course evaluation tool.
  • The Student Advisory Committee is reviewing mental health resources for students, and developing social media pages for students to communicate with the student senators.
  • Fall election results are in! Beginning at the Senate’s next meeting, Danielle Savory will represent the HHS Division, Elizabeth Clifford will represent the Learning Commons, Mark Kelland will represent the Social Science and Humanities Department, and Tedd Sperling will serve as member-at-large.
  • ITS’ John Hendzel provided an overview of the Webex app’s features, and encouraged everyone to use it. He also directed employees to the Webex Essentials article for more information and step-by-step instructions.
  • The group gathered ideas for how to market the Academic Senate, to ensure employees know the Senate serves as a collective voice for faculty and staff from across the college. Senators discussed the need to talk about successes of the Senate as a body, such as launching the Open Educational Resources project, joining Achieving the Dream, adopting of the D2L gradebook, creating the preferred name initiative for students and employees, helping to develop a culture of transparency and care, and more.
  • Senators approved Curriculum Committee recommendations for CIMT course revisions to THEA 150, SOCL 120, PSYC 200 and BUSN 118, as well as moving ANTH 275 from a social science to natural science lab course on the Michigan Transfer Agreement. These recommendations now go to the provost for approval.

Finally, the Senate reviewed results of their small group discussion from last meeting, regarding proactive ideas to improve the college’s long-term trajectory. A consistent theme running through the small groups’ answers was the importance of understanding the next generation of students’ needs. Common suggestions included providing child care options on campus; investing in services like Academic Success Coaches, Counselors and Academic Advisors; providing or renting more needed technology, like laptops, to students; creating healthier and more affordable food options on campus; and much more. Other common discussion points involved future enrollment and demographic shifts, state appropriations, and ensuring LCC acts in a proactive rather than reactive fashion.
The Senate will next meeting 9-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, via Webex. All employees are invited to attend. A link to the meeting will be included in the operations email on Monday, Oct. 18.

Change in HHS Division leadership

Associate Dean Betsy Burger is now serving as the Health and Human Services Division’s interim dean. Former HHS Dean Jan Karazim left LCC this week, and the college wishes her well in her future endeavors.
As interim, Burger will take over all duties of the dean position. She will also continue with her associate dean responsibilities as much as possible.
If you have any questions related to work underway with the dean, please contact the HHS Division Office at 517-483-1410.

Talk Time with the Provost continues

Have a burning question for the provost? Ideas for LCC’s future? Musings about the state of higher education? Join Provost Sally Welch during “Talk Time with the Provost” office hours this semester. Office hours will be offered in person, and will be available virtually at the same time for anyone who is working remotely or prefers a virtual setting. There are three remaining sessions scheduled this month:

Webex details for the sessions are linked above. Please join in!

What about benefits? Lower medical insurance rates for 2022

LCC’s Benefits Open Enrollment is coming soon! This year, Open Enrollment will be Nov. 1-12. With the start of the 2022 calendar year, we will have new medical insurance premium rates. For the majority of eligible employees, the WMHIP medical insurance premiums will decrease slightly from the 2021 rates. In preparation for Open Enrollment, please check out the new 2022 medical insurance premiums. (Note: This link has been giving an error message to some employees. We’re working on diagnosing the problem. The information will be published in the Oct. 18 operations email. If you are getting an error message and need the information prior to Oct. 18, please email Thank you!)

Be on the lookout for more communications in the coming weeks describing your eligible options, changes you can make to your current benefits and how to make your changes in the online PlanSource Benefits Portal during this Open Enrollment period. If you have questions related to your benefits and Open Enrollment, please email

Graphic showing a hand holding a megaphone that says 'LCC Open Enrollment is coming!'

College celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

LCC celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 11 with a land acknowledgement, prayer, smudging and tree dedication outside Dart Auditorium on the Downtown Campus.

The land acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous peoples as traditional stewards of a given geographic area, and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous peoples and their ancestral territories. It was approved in a resolution by the LCC Board of Trustees at their Sept. 20 meeting to acknowledge that the area comprising LCC’s campuses was originally inhabited by the Anishinaabeg – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi peoples.

Here are a few photos of the day’s event.

People raise their arms to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day in 2021
A man near the dedicated tree at Indigenous Peoples' Day in 2021.
People outside Dart Auditorium celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day in 2021.

Promote your area live on Facebook

All departments, clubs and organizations are welcome to join the Student Engagement team live on Facebook! Last year’s live series is back and looking for participants.
The series is a recurring 6 p.m. Wednesday live Zoom meeting, which also streams live to the official LCC Facebook page. The series racked up 30,000 views throughout the last year and is a great place to promote your area to prospective and current students.
If you have questions, or would like to request a date to promote your department, club or organization, please contact Mike McGinnis at

Upcoming C3R Summit looks at preparing students on the autism spectrum for college

Please join us for the Coalition for College and Career Readiness (C3R) Summit on Oct. 14. This virtual summit will be held on WebEx from 6-7:30 p.m. It will focus on the Ready for Launch workshop developed by the C3R Student Transition Team. Ready for Launch helped prepare students on the autism spectrum for their transition from high school to LCC.

Registration for the summit is open online until 5 p.m. Oct. 14. 

The summit will feature a panel discussion about the collaboration that resulted in the Ready for Launch framework, facilitated by Chief Diversity Officer Tonya Bailey. Panelists include:

  • Lisa Basore, Autism Consultant, Ingham Intermediate School District
  • Frank Taylor, Academic Success Coach, LCC
  • Sarah Winslow, Director of Transition & Itinerant Services, Ingham Intermediate School District