Anti-Racism Action Plan

On September 28, 2017, MCC was made aware of a tweet by an MCC student on his/her personal Twitter account. The post included racial slurs and hate speech. The tweet was removed from public view later that same afternoon, but not before many had captured and shared the offensive remarks in screen shots.

Reaction from the college community was strong. Racism and hate speech are not compatible with MCC's values.

Over the subsequent weeks and months, an action plan was developed and implemented. Progress is regularly reported here.

October 6, 2017

Preventing, Identifying, and Responding to Bias
  1. Create a website to communicate quickly and transparently to the College community about the hate speech incident. This site is now live.
  2. Establish a Bias Incident Response Team and procedures and protocols for reporting and responding to allegations of bias.
    • President Anne Kress
    • VP for Student Services and Chief Diversity Officer Lloyd Holmes
    • Assistant to the President for Title IX and Inclusion Kristin Lowe
  3. Require equity and inclusion training for all MCC employees, beginning with the College's non-contract employees, officers, and president.
    • Assistant to the President for Human Resources and Organizational Development Melissa Fingar
    • Faculty Association President Bethany Gizzi
    • Civil Service Employees Association President Tom Pollizi
  4. Require implicit bias training for all search committee members
    • Assistant to the President for Human Resources and Organizational Development Melissa Fingar
    • Assistant to the President for Title IX and Inclusion Kristin Lowe
  5. Review the curriculum for Criminal Justice and Public Safety Training programs to assure that it includes instruction in and assessed learning outcomes related to implicit bias in policing.
    • Provost and VP for Academic Services Andrea Wade
    • VP EDIWS Todd Oldham
    Improving Inclusiveness and Equity
  6. Establish a new college-wide convening on Inclusiveness and Equity that will be held annually on the Brighton and Downtown campuses to provide an opportunity for professional development, education, dialogue, and action.
    • President Anne Kress
    • VP for Student Services and Chief Diversity Officer Lloyd Holmes
    • Executive Dean for the Downtown Campus Joel Frater
  7. Establish an easily accessible and highly visible website--Empowering Excellence, Integrity, and Inclusion--to track all College action steps identified below and to communicate with the College community on matters related to equity.
    • President Anne Kress
  8. Convene a task force composed of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and--as needed--external stakeholders to review and make recommendations on improving equity in College search, hire, and promotion processes in a way that will improve the alignment between the diversity of our faculty, staff, administration and that of our student body.
    • Executive Dean for the Downtown Campus Joel Frater
  9. Establish a timeline for improving representation, especially among the College's teaching faculty, for public report to the MCC Board of Trustees.
    • President Anne Kress
  10. Charge the President's Advisory Council--which includes representatives from President's Staff, Deans, Directors, SGA, SEGA, Faculty Senate, Faculty Association, Support Staff, and CSEA--with recommending college-wide strategies to improve equity in student success.
    • President Anne Kress
  11. Review the College's General Education curriculum to assure that it includes assessment of learning outcomes related to the College's values: integrity, excellence, empowerment, inclusiveness, collaboration, and stewardship.
    • Faculty Senate, through its President Amanda Colosimo
  12. Review the First Year Experience curriculum to assure that it includes assessment of learning outcomes related to the College's values: integrity, excellence, empowerment, inclusiveness, collaboration, and stewardship.
    • VP for Student Services and Chief Diversity Officer Lloyd Holmes
  13. Include the College's values on all letterhead and in all course information sheets to assure they are regularly communicated inside and outside of MCC.
    • Provost and Vice President for Academic Services Andrea Wade
    • Assistant to the President for Marketing and Community Relations Cynthia Mapes
  14. Establish an online, anonymous portal for suggestions to improve operations, practices, and climate at the College and report out quarterly on the changes MCC is making in response to these suggestions.
    • Shared Leadership Coordinating Council through its Chair, Faculty Senate President and Professor Amanda Colosimo
  15. Provide bi-annual reminders to the College community through the Employee and Student Tribune on the following: Student Code of Conduct; Student Bill of Rights; Employee Code of Conduct; Grievance Procedures; Bias Incident Response Team; and EthicsPoint Anonymous Hotline
    • Assistant to the President for Marketing and Community Relations Cynthia Mapes
    Building a Shared Understanding of our Rights and Responsibilities
  16. Develop a policy on Freedom of Speech that will include a clear definition of speech protected by the First Amendment and identify the procedure for reporting a bias incident at the College.
    • President Anne Kress
    • Shared Leadership Coordinating Council, through its Chair, Faculty Senate President and Professor Amanda Colosimo
  17. Hold a forum on the First Amendment and the rights and responsibilities associated with free speech.
    • Governmental Relations Liaison Clayton Jones
    • Professor Karen Morris
  18. Review and recommend changes, as appropriate, to the Student and Employee Codes of Conduct to address violations related to social media postings.
    • Shared Leadership Coordinating Council, through its Chair, Faculty Senate President and Professor Amanda Colosimo
    • VP for Student Services and Chief Diversity Officer Lloyd Holmes
    • Assistant to the President for Human Resources and Organizational Development Melissa Fingar