Social Justice Institute draws faculty, staff from across MCC

The MCC Social Justice Institute was held at MCC-Penn Valley.

Metropolitan Community College’s Office of Inclusion and Engagement hosted more than 40 staff and faculty members Nov. 30 for an event that continued the conversation about social justice programming collegewide.

The Social Justice Institute was held on the MCC-Penn Valley campus. The guest speaker was Santos Nunez.

Nunez, an academic advisor in the College of Engineering at Iowa State Universityhas been a social justice educator and leader for more than 15 years. She previously worked at Iowa State University as the director of multicultural student affairs and the University of Kansas as the program director of the Multicultural Resource Center.

Guest speaker Santos Nunez

Nunez’s message to those gathered was one of encouragement, saying “we must push harder” to address social justice issues.

The Social Justice Institute was designed to be a spinoff of MCC’s Social Justice Conference, which historically offers programs for participants to acquire tools to help them grow as advocates. In this year’s setting, the institute was designed to review MCC’s presidential commission structure as it relates to social justice and to provide those in attendance with an opportunity to share ideas, strategies and programs from across the five campuses.

Robert Page, MCC’s executive director of inclusion and engagement,  welcomed the input gathered from the event: “The feedback we have received has been positive and inspiring, as we think about how through our initiatives, programs, commissions, affinity groups and, most importantly, our people, we move forward.”

About the 2017 Social Justice Conference:

A new format will be introduced next year that will allow campuses, commissions and affinity group the opportunity to discuss and develop ideas, strategies and initiatives to address social justice issues on the campuses. The SJC will be held Oct. 27, 2017.