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Lansing Community College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
409 N Washington Square
Lansing, Michigan 48933
(517) 483-1957
School Information
"Lansing Community College is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students each year. It offers more than 200 associate degree and certificate programs in addition to career and workforce development and personal enrichment options. The college was founded in 1957 and has since grown from its flagship campus in downtown Lansing to include locations in Delta Township, East Lansing, Mason and Livingston County. LCC is consistently named one of Michigan’s best community colleges, and students enjoy unsurpassed instruction, beautiful facilities, cutting-edge technology and comprehensive support services to help them succeed." (Source:
General Information
After the National Day of Racial Healing, Lansing Community College decided to extend its anti-racist programming. The programming for the National Day of Racial Healing was extended to one week, with guest lectures and live-streamed events. As of March 2022, the college began implementing its “We’re Better than That" anti-racism campaign, a 10-year initiative to 'further demonstrate the college’s commitment to being a welcoming and inclusive community for everyone.' No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Lansing Community College requires all LCC students and employees to complete training in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). “All students must complete the DEI course within their first year, or two semesters not including summer.”
  • The Centre for Engaged Inclusion at LCC is the “premier place for education and training in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” that offers a number of campaigns and initiatives towards equity and inclusion.
  • In order to improve DEI in academics, LCC's Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers training for faculty and staff in which participants learn how to "lead best practices in DEI for student thriving and academic success" and "[c]reate inclusive learning environments and workplaces."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of the General Education Core Requirements, LCC students are required to complete one course from the Global Perspectives and Diversity core area.
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • In order to ensure that DEI is a part of the hiring process, "all LCC interviews are required to include at least one question specifically addressing diversity." Additionally, "Inclusion advocates have been trained to sit on the hiring committees for select full-time positions and serve as a compass in avoiding bias."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • In April 2022, the college will be hosting the "TAKE A STAND! SIT IN!" event, which originally began as "curriculum-driven discussions" in 2020 to "encourage dialogues about diversity, equity, and inclusion."
Program and Research Funding
  • LCC has set up an "Office of Empowerment Program Fund" which "provides resources that foster[s] awareness and empower[s] students with knowledge, tools, and experiences that promote global citizenship and a more inclusive campus."
  • As part of its 2023 Equity Action Divisional Plan, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will "[e]stablish a DEI grant program for underrepresented students."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • As part of its Equity Action Plan, the LCC Police Department has made a "concerted turn toward diversity, equity and inclusion" whereby "DEI-related training is embedded in the culture, and officers are trained in unconscious bias, de-escalation, intervention techniques and crisis intervention, as well as a specialized training called 'Slavery's Legacy in Law Enforcement'."
  • The programming for the National Day of Racial Healing was extended to one week, with guest lectures and live-streamed events.
  • The LCC Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers numerous resources and training to promote diversity and equity and provide an inclusive campus that supports “recruitment and retention of a diverse population of students and employees.”
  • The Beyond the Book initiative at Lansing Community College is the reading program that is “focused on embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through exploring books with themes related to gender and self-identity, cultural perspectives, accessibility, advocacy, and/or racial inequity, while fostering a greater sense of community.”
  • Lansing Community College offers a number of committees whose purpose is to provide and promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural awareness 365 days a year.
  • The Lansing Community College Library provides a number of resources on racial justice, bias, and anti-racism.
  • The Cesar Chavez Learning Center offers "mentorship and enrichment programs that meet the needs of our times and celebrate diverse backgrounds." The center focuses on inclusion, mentoring, cultural awareness, and "access for underserved students."
Symbolic Actions
  • In March 2022, the college announced the creation of the “We’re Better than That” anti-racism campaign.
  • The Equity Center at Lansing Community College “implements college-wide initiatives, engaging with the campus community, to become a national leader in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA).”
  • The LCC Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers the Inclusion Advocates Program in order to “promote diversity and inclusion by mitigating bias on Lansing Community College Search Committees.”
  • The LCC Equity Center offers a program for Equity Leaders for Inclusion (ELI) which “are departmental volunteers who promote awareness of DEI planning and serve as points of contact for DEI implementation initiatives within their respective campus areas.”
  • The LCC Board of Trustees believes that “there exists a chronic system of racism and injustice in the United States of America.” The Equity Action Plan at LCC works to “eradicate systemic oppression” through the five areas of focus including Equity in Action, Embed DEI in Academics, Guided DEI Expectations, Establish Systemic Change, and Equity in Public Safety.
Last updated July 3rd, 2024
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