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Press release: GRCC awarded grant to conduct an institutional culture audit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Leah Nixon
Director of Communications
616-234-4213
lnixon@grcc.edu

May 14, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a matching grant of $30,000 to GRCC to conduct an Inclusion Impact Assessment that will allow the College to gain a deeper understanding of the issues currently influencing its organizational culture. The purpose of this study is to look at the campus from an “inclusion” versus a “diversity” perspective. It is anticipated that a comprehensive study will be conducted to learn how our students, faculty, and staff engage with the GRCC culture.

President Steven Ender stated, “We believe a primary step that is necessary to facilitate the continued development of our desired culture is to assess how our internal and possibly some external constituents perceive our culture. In other words, we want to understand how members of our community experience the campus as a place to visit, work, and learn.” The assessment will encompass a review of the relevant literature, an examination of institutional policies and practices, constituent focus groups, interviews and surveys. It is anticipated that the results will provide an evidence-based foundation that will impact policy decisions; identify opportunities for faculty and staff development; and possibly lead to the implementation of new practices that will help the college to continue building its inclusive learning and work environment.

GRCC is committed to institutionalizing successful strategies that ensure diversity and inclusion on our campus. This W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant award will go a long way towards helping us with this process.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.