Last month, Professional Development Day provided several valuable tracks with a variety of live and recorded learning options. If you did not have an opportunity to participate in the sessions available in the Diversity and Inclusion Track, the Campus Climate Team encourages you to take advantage of these professional development opportunities, which are still available. You can access them by going to https://llcc-il.safecolleges.com/training/home and selecting View Library toward the bottom of the screen. The diversity and inclusion training modules can be found in the Human Resources as well as the Social and Behavioral sections.
Though one semester is coming to a close, we are still planning for the next! There is a new opportunity just ahead for recognizing and promoting diversity and inclusion at LLCC. The Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Grant has been under development this fall by the IDI Grant Project Team (appointed by the Campus Climate Team’s Safety & Inclusivity Workgroup). It provides an internal grant opportunity for any LLCC faculty, staff, student or department, and can be used to address a need and/or to promote/celebrate diversity.
There will be $1500 available, and submitted projects must fall into one or more of these categories: (1) Training, Teaching and Learning, (2) Recruitment and Retention, (3) Environments and Processes, (4) Other Innovation.
Some project examples:
- Training, Teaching and Learning Examples: Host a training event, purchase materials for an inclusivity workshop, buy books from diverse authors, etc.
- Recruitment and Retention Examples: Projects aimed at recruiting traditionally minoritized individuals to be students or employees, targeted retention projects (for students and employees), etc.
- Environment and Processes Examples: Address physical accessibility concerns; purchasing materials needed for implementation of inclusive practices by individuals, groups, or departments; fund tools needed to make a process more inclusive, etc.
If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the application and criteria will be coming soon. In the meantime, keep this opportunity in mind as you plan for the spring semester, and supervisors please encourage your departments to consider submitting an application. Let the innovation begin!
IDI Grant Project Team:
Through an External Stakeholders Team project, LLCC created a Program Advisory Committee Handbook that provides guidance on expectations on the entire advisory committee process, with emphasis on using the data and information gained from those committees to make program improvements. For easier access, the guidebook and all the supporting documents are now housed on the Employee Portal.
Through a project from the External Stakeholders Team, LLCC now has a Program Advisory Committee handbook that guides through expectations on the entire process, with emphasis on using the data and information gained from those committees to make program improvements. This was created with feedback from current LLCC PAC users as well as best practices from other colleges.
The guidebook and all the supporting documents are housed in the SharePoint link below. If when clicking on the link you do not immediately have access to the file, it will display a page where you can request access. Once approved, you will receive an email notification.
What is professional development? It is improving, updating and expanding knowledge and skills that support an individual’s role within the college and/or the overall mission, vision and values of the institution.
There is now a tab on the LincIn menu to help centralize communication about professional development opportunities. By clicking on this tab, faculty and staff can see all articles submitted on conferences, workshops, webinars and more.
The Campus Climate Team’s Professional Development project team has been working on ways to enhance professional development, including the communication about available opportunities. Participating in professional development helps us keep our knowledge and skills relevant and up-to-date, and sets us up for success!
Evolving from consciousness gaps to critical consciousness can occur by knowing what equity is and isn’t, talking about sensitive issues around race and making data-informed decisions grounded in equity. Get a summary of the videos from the Office of Community College Research & Leadership shared over the last four weeks in this recap video. The videos in the series advance strategic solutions to redress inequities through ongoing sustainable efforts centered around equity.
The Campus Climate Team has been sharing one video a week from OCCRL’s Exploring and Engaging Equity Video Vignette Series – exploring what equity is and revealing strategies to engage in equity-focused action. The team would like to know how many have been watching the videos and would appreciate your feedback on the series. If you watched at least one of the videos, please complete the brief feedback form by Aug. 17.
Delve deeper into how equity consciousness and cultural proficiency are interconnected in the fourth video in the Exploring and Engaging Equity Video Vignette Series from the Office of Community College Research & Leadership. This week’s episode focuses on equity-conscious leaders and cultural proficiency — leading for change. Hear about how important it is for leaders in education to include these practices within their overall framework. Also learn about “equity traps,” which are patterns of thinking and behaviors that prevent educators from being successful with all students.
The Campus Climate Team has been sharing one video a week from OCCRL’s Exploring and Engaging Equity Video Vignette Series — a valuable, free and conveniently accessible professional development resource on equity. The videos show topics of critical importance that aim to foster student success and equitable outcomes. They explore what equity is and reveal strategies to engage in equity-focused action.
This is the third week the Campus Climate Team is sharing a video from the Office of Community College Research & Leadership’s Exploring and Engaging Equity Video Vignette Series — a valuable, free and conveniently accessible professional development resource on equity. OCCRL’s videos show topics of critical importance that aim to foster student success and equitable outcomes. This week’s episode focuses on developing critical consciousness for advancing equity. Critical consciousness offers a way for marginalized people to try to make sense of inequitable social and economic conditions around them, and act to change those conditions. Learn about critical consciousness in relation to education and about the acts of reflecting, analyzing and taking steps to change social inequities. If you missed prior weeks’ videos, you can still access and view them: Episode 1: Equity-Conscious Practices and Episode 2: Identifying Equity Consciousness Gaps.
The Campus Climate Team is sharing one video a week from the Office of Community College Research & Leadership’s Exploring and Engaging Equity Video Vignette Series — a valuable, free and conveniently accessible professional development resource on equity. OCCRL’s videos show topics of critical importance that aim to foster student success and equitable outcomes. If you missed last week’s video, you can still access and view Episode 1: Equity-Conscious Practices. The second episode focuses on identifying equity consciousness gaps. Watch the video to learn how to make equity a priority to attain equal outcomes by using data-informed decisions that are grounded in equity consciousness.
The Campus Climate Team would like to share a free and conveniently accessible professional development resource on equity. The Office of Community College Research & Leadership has created the Exploring and Engaging Equity Video Vignette Series. OCCRL’s videos show topics of critical importance that aim to foster student success and equitable outcomes. Over the next five weeks, we will be sharing one video a week from the series’ first module. The first video focuses on equity-conscious practices. It talks about what the term “equity” really means and how educators can actualize equitable outcomes for all students, regardless of their backgrounds and characteristics. Learn how to use strategic solutions through ongoing and sustainable efforts that are grounded in equity.