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Training and Development

Training and Development is one essential factor in cultivating an equity-mindedness campus culture.

ODEI offers a three-tier cultural competency curriculum that provides tangible best practices in advancing equity through recruitment, hiring, training/orientation, performance review, teaching methods, support services, student engagement, and policy and protocols.

Participants start the program with the Institute for Healing Racism, an initiative in partnership with the Grand Rapids Chamber. The next tier, Intergroup Dialogue, invites participants to examine their lived experiences within a diverse world. The final tier of the curriculum is the Cultural Competence Institute, an advanced level of training that fosters organizational and structural change in environments where conscious or unconscious cognitive behaviors influence prejudice and discrimination.

The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) Series is a pilot initiative that launched during the winter 2021 semester. The training sessions are free, virtual, and open to the general public and GRCC stakeholders.

Stakeholders are invited to register now through October 18 or until a session reaches capacity.


NOTE: Training participants and all GRCC stakeholders are encouraged to continue YOUR work toward cultural competence. We invite you to use the social justice and equity resources provided as a starting point.