Month: September 2017

GRCC Faculty Council passes resolution supporting DACA students

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Image result for press releaseSept. 11, 2017 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College’s Faculty Council recently passed a resolution opposing the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The DACA program temporarily shields from deportation undocumented individuals who came to the country before the age of 16. About 780,000 people have received DACA status since the program’s inception in 2012.

Council President Frank Conner said the Trump administration’s decision to halt the program will have an enormous impact on GRCC students.

“As faculty, it is our belief that Grand Rapids Community College is in existence to provide a safe and supportive environment for all people to learn, grow, and achieve their dreams,” he said. “We recognize that each person who attends our college is unique and deserves the respect and resources required to succeed as a student. DACA provides this opportunity to a unique set of young people who were brought to the United States as minors, and who frequently have negligible ties to the countries from which they came.”

Both GRCC’s board of trustees and President Bill Pink have issued statements in support of the DACA program.

“We support GRCC leadership and the board of trustees in their declarations opposing the position of the Trump administration,” Conner said. “We also demand that our congressional leaders act immediately to find a legislative solution ending the real and current damage this change in policy is having on our students, our community, and our nation.”

The Faculty Council is comprised of the officers in the Faculty Association and an elected representative from each academic department or area.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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Faculty Council seeking more Adjunct Representatives

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Greetings, GRCC Adjunct –
With the newest revision of the Faculty Association Bylaws, Faculty Council now includes five adjunct as members of this group. This expanded configuration includes two representatives from the School of Arts and Sciences, two from the School of Workforce Development, and one non-classroom adjunct.
While the specific duties of a representative are outlined in the Faculty Association Bylaws, the general expectations of a representative is to attend Faculty Council meetings every other Friday morning from 6:30 – 9:00 acting as the voice of adjunct faculty. Each member has voting rights and contributes directly to the decision making and actions of the Faculty Association.
Adjunct representatives to council are voted in by their peers. To be elected as a representative, a current adjunct must be a voting member of the Grand Rapids Community College Faculty Association.
If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please contact the Faculty Association secretary, Katie Vander Meer at KVandermeer@grcc.edu. Please include which school you would represent based on your duties as an adjunct and a brief profile.
Also, if you have questions about this role, please feel free to contact me, or adjuncts who have performed this role in the past, Martin Hillard at mhillard@grcc.eduor Mike Miller at mmiller@grcc.edu.
We hope you consider performing in this role. The Faculty Association is only as good as the members that actively participate in its daily operation.
Sincerely,
-flc