Jackson Named 2014 Diversity Champion

Diversity Champion Stacey Jackson

Diversity Champion Stacey Jackson

OCC has named Coordinator of Student Development Stacey Jackson as its 2014 Diversity Champion.

Diversity Champions will be recognized at the 15th Annual Race Relations and Diversity Task Force Champion Honor Roll Breakfast on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at The Community House in Birmingham.

“Stacey’s impact on diversity at OCC cannot be overstated,” said OCC Chancellor Dr. Tim Meyer. “We are proud to have such outstanding leadership this year and in years past. OCC’s involvement in the Task Force since 2000 has made OCC a rich, vibrant and inclusive place for all people.”

Jackson’s commitment to diversity began at Aquinas College where she was the Director of Multicultural Affairs. There, she provided the campus with diversity programming and input on campus issues related to equity and inclusion. As Coordinator of Student Development at OCC, she champions diversity into student programs through workshops, speaker and panels. She is an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Global Education Committee. She coordinates the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Cultural Diversity Month events on campus. Stacey also serves as a board member of the Oakland County Diversity and Employment Council.

Jackson said she’s driven by her desire to create an environment that welcomes all differences.

“It is important to recognize differences in religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomics and class backgrounds,” she said. “This also creates a more inclusive work environment.”

The mission of the Race Relations & Diversity Task Force is to actively promote and embrace an appreciation for diversity and advocate for inclusivity, equality, and justice in the region. The Task Force grew out of a community leadership forum convened in 1987 by sixteen community agencies, including The Community House, the Birmingham Public Schools and Bloomfield Hills Schools. Its goal is to develop and maintain an open, intentional community that works to overcome racism, prejudice and discrimination through education, advocacy and response. The Community House sponsors the Task Force. Together with The Community House, the Task Force is the beneficiary of a Kellogg Foundation grant.

The Task Force invites every business, non-profit, public agency or faith community of the metro Detroit area to give special recognition to one individual whose vision of diversity has created a significant impact on others. The honored individuals make an invaluable contribution by helping to ensure that all people feel included and empowered in the shared endeavors of the organization and in the larger community.

Past OCC Diversity Champions:

Michelle Fether-Samtouni, Faculty, 2013
Dr. Sara (Sally) Hanna, 2012
Kelli Van Buren, 2011
Pamela Dorris, Professional Development and Training Director, 2010
Eric Abbey, Faculty, 2009
Dr. Jacqueline Shadko, Campus President, 2008
Beverly Stanbrough, Dean of Campus Affairs, 2007
Lloyd Crews, Dean of Campus Affairs, 2006
Wanda Pernell-Harris, Academic Support Coordinator, 2004
Richard L. Burt-Wilson, 2004
Maurice McCall, 2004
Nancy Nicholson, International Student Advisor, 2003
Rocio Oxholm-Flores, International Student Advisor, 2003
Elise Roman, Counselor, 2003
Diana Schack, International Student Advisor, 2003
JuliAnne Pardon, 2002
Imagene Bailey, Counselor, 2001
Arlene Frank, Womencenter Program Director, 2000
Marty Smydra, Faculty, 2000

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OCC Presents Self Defense Workshop

OCC invites you to Self Defense for Women, a workshop designed to increase knowledge, self-confidence, common sense, protection strategies for preventing attack and effective fight and escape techniques to use in case of assault.Lady Punching 12212191Large

The workshop is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014, in J Building, Room 303, at Oakland Community College’s Orchard Ridge Campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, south of I-696 in Farmington Hills.

Self-defense expert Jaye Spiro conducts the session. Ms. Spiro holds a sixth-degree black belt in Karate and is known nationally for her self-defense programs.

Women of all ages, sizes, and fitness abilities are encouraged to attend (13 years of age and older). Mothers and daughters are welcome, as well as young women preparing for or attending college or considering study abroad.

The workshop fee is $40. Pre-registration is required. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a lunch and water.

Self Defense for Women is sponsored by the Womencenter, a facility that provides educational and supportive resources for area women.

For further information on the Self Defense for Women workshop and other program offerings call the Womencenter at (248) 522-3642. Ample free parking is available in nearby campus lots.

For information, contact Arlene Frank at (248) 522-3641.

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Back to School Seminar Answers Women’s Questions about College

The Womencenter at Oakland Community College and the American Association of University Women Farmington Branch offer a seminar for women of all ages considering attending college. Mom and Daughter 5637645Large

The “Back to School Day” program, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 9, 2014, will be held in Room 306, Building J, of OCC’s Orchard Ridge Campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, just south of I-696 in Farmington Hills. The seminar is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served.

“The seminar is aimed at any woman who is looking to either pursue education for the first time or return to education for any number of reasons,” says Womencenter Director Arlene Frank.

“OCC is a great place for women of all backgrounds – including those who have never attended college or finished college. This could be due to any number of reasons including but not limited to low-income, at-risk, a non-supportive spouse, lack of self-efficacy, returning to college after a break to raise children, dropping out for lack of focus, divorce, change in financial situation, a second career, or someone who simply always wanted to do pursue a desired career path but never got to.”

The day of information is geared towards women interested in attending OCC and is designed to address a variety of concerns and issues.

The informational and interactive sessions will assist women in the decision-making process of returning to school at OCC. Topics include: how to get started, the admissions process, financial concerns, stress and time management, balancing work, family and school, and academic and career considerations.

This program is sponsored by the Womencenter, a facility that provides educational and supportive resources for area women, and the Farmington Branch of the American Association of University Women, an organization dedicated to advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

For further information on the “Back to School Day” program and other program offerings call the Womencenter at (248) 522-3642.

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Let OCC Recycle Your e-Waste

recycle chalk logo17893188LargeIn support of Earth Week 2014, OCC’s Sustainability Committee is sponsoring an electronic waste recycling event at the Orchard Ridge campus.

The Global Electric Electronic Processing Company will take approved e-waste from OCC students, staff, faculty and the Oakland County Community and transport the waste to the company’s facility. Collection will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Parking Lot 8 of the Orchard Ridge Campus.

The following items will be accepted: computers, laptops, printers, copiers, cell phones, office phones, microwaves, chargers, TVs, cable boxes, lithium ion and car batteries, hard drives, industrial equipment, personal electronics, radios, computer monitors, audio equipment, routers, circuit boards, cables, wires, cords and home appliances.

The following materials will not be accepted: bio-hazard material, radioactive material, VHS tapes, CDs, Freon-containing devices, alkaline batteries, leaking batteries, any non-electronics and hazardous waste like paint or oil.

For more information, contact Mike Halaburda at (248) 341-2016.

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OCC Holds Tornado Drill

OCC will hold a campus-wide tornado drill at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The drill is meant to be quick, efficient and educational, in order to save lives. Red flashing light

State law requires the College to complete emergency drills each year. OCC typically conducts a fire drill in the fall and a tornado drill in the spring.

The spring drill coincides with the State of Michigan and Oakland County drill and is exercised during the state’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.

County sirens will go off at the same time OCC does its drill, so it is truly a community safety exercise, said OCC Director of Public Safety Terry McCauley.

OCC completes additional drills throughout the year. Click here to see the drills and other emergency exercises OCC has done over the last few years. The tornado drill will allow the OCC community to practice evacuating to a pre-determined location. All campuses have maps in the hallways indicating where to evacuate.

The college uses Building Marshals to help Public Safety in the completion of drills. They can usually be identified by the bright vests they wear during the exercise. Building Marshals are volunteers from the employee base. You can identify your Building Marshal by going to the Emergency Response Plan for your location. Click here to identify your Building Marshal.

“The reason we do a tornado drill is because it will happen,” McCauley said. “The more quickly everyone moves and evacuates to their designated shelters, the more quickly we get the all clear and go back to classes. The whole exercise shouldn’t take more than six to 12 minutes.”

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