President's Monthly Reports
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Winston S. Churchill
To say that we are blessed would be an understatement. As a nation, as a community, and as a community college, we have so very much to be thankful for, and so many opportunities to share what has been given to us. In my office area alone, we have a box full of stuffed toys that will eventually be distributed to children served by ABC House and CARDV (Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence) as well as a Giving Tree that collects toys for children served by the Salvation Army. Across our campus these and other signs of the season are on display as manifestation of the spirit of giving that is part of LBCC. It is a spirit that I have the privilege and honor of sharing in.
Of course, sharing and giving are not just seasonal for LBCC but, instead, are core to our Mission and Values. As such, our success is defined in terms of the success of others - our students and our communities – and the ways in which we give ourselves to their success. In our classrooms, in our offices and workspaces, and in our communities, we at LBCC are giving time, talent, and resources toward the success of others.
One of the many ways in which we work to support the success of others is to ensure that the learning environment we provide is safe and welcoming for EVERYONE. We are not perfect in this regard, but the Core Value of Inclusion that we strive to embody and embrace requires this of us and I am proud of the efforts we are making, and I’d like to use this monthly Report to highlight some of the specific ways in which we are acting on this at the close of this calendar year.
Making Inclusion Work
This matter has been given heightened importance in light of recent racial tension on our college and university campuses nationwide, and even some here on our own campus as well, and so we at LBCC are working anew to ensure that the “all” in our Mission know that they are safe with us, and valued by us. Diversity is a valuable asset, but it will not be realized as such unless we learn how to constructively engage, listen, and learn from what our differences have to teach us. To this end, Javier Cervantes is leading a focused effort to help us more fully appreciate our differences in cultural history and other characteristics that add to the diversity of our community and, on January 12th, I will be meeting with students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to make sure I have a good understanding of their experiences among us and what I can be doing to make improvements. In addition, Bruce Clemetson is working with our ELCI partner (English Language and Cultural Institute) to help us better understand and embrace our Muslim students.
Much of the stereotyping, misunderstanding, and tension that occurs on our college campuses – including LBCC – is due, at least in part, to inadequate communication. Whether it be a minority group such as our LGBT students, a specific group of employees, a political or religious group, or even an individual, misinformation (where accurate information is lacking) and communication (or lack thereof) premised on a false understanding of another’s intent, make it difficult for all to feel included and valued. With this in mind, we are renewing efforts to improve communication in general on campus. In particular, Scott Rolen has begun to gather volunteers who, together with him, will research this matter and work to develop specific resources and opportunities for us to improve upon our capacity for direct and constructive engagement and communication with each other.
Recent events in Oregon and elsewhere across the country have heightened our awareness of the need for campus safety. While LBCC has worked long and hard under the leadership of our Director of Safety and Loss Prevention, Marcene Olson, to ensure the safety of students, employees, and visitors on the LBCC campus, we recognize the need for continuous learning and practice in order to truly realize the benefits of all our planning.
Here’s a list of the learning and training opportunities that have been developed and delivered during this past term and into January 2016:
- Clery Reporting & Title IX Training - 9/17/15
- CPR/AED/1st Aid Training - Public Safety Staff - 9/18/15
- CPR/AED/1st Aid Training - All Staff - 9/21-22
- Building Emergency Coordinator Training - 9/21/15
- Fire Extinguisher Training, Main Campus - 9/23/15
- CERT Refresher Training - 9/28/15; 10/19/15; 11/16/15
- Safety Forum, Main Campus - 10/6/15
- Earthquake Drill; Great Oregon Shake Out - all campuses - 10/15/15
- Incident Command Training/Exercise, Bomb Threat Exercise using Basecamp online management tool & Review of Active Shooter Response Protocols - 10/21/15
- Fire Extinguisher Training, Lebanon Center - 10/27/15
- Safety Forum - Benton Center - 11/16/15
- Active Shooter Training - Academic Affairs - 11/17/15
- Active Shooter in the Workplace Webinar (Incident Command and CARE team) - 11/19/15
- Safety Forum - Lebanon Center - 12/3/15
- Safety Forum - ELA Program - 12/7/15
- Active Shooter Training - Learning Center Staff - 12/10/15
- Active Shooter Training - OTA Program - 12/10/15 & 12/11/15
- Takena Incident Debrief - Incident Command during an incident - CARE team and Crisis Response Team - Classified Association - 1/5/16
As we enjoy this Holiday Season and come to the end of the 2015 calendar year, I am gratefully mindful of the many ways in which so many at LBCC have worked to better the lives of those around them, and I am encouraged by the hope that we will continue to do so – and even more – in 2016.