OCC Nationally Recognized for Campus Safety Innovation

Oakland Community College (OCC) was one of three finalists out of 1,400 community colleges nationwide to be honored at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) conference in New Orleans, LA. OCC was recognized for its visionary work in the category of College Safety and Planning.

OCC was honored for fulfilling a number of safety and response criteria and its formation of a Clery Act/Title IX Compliance Committee two years ago in response to the addition of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The committee worked to ensure compliance with both the Clery Act and Title IX. As a result, OCC enhanced communication, training, community outreach and understanding of what responsible behavior looks like across its five campuses.

“We are gratified to see the work we are doing to ensure a safe learning environment is being recognized,” said Peter Provenzano, Interim Chancellor, OCC. “This remains a real team effort across the college, one of which we are committed to for continuous improvement.”

In addition, OCC also created a Suicide and Mental Health Response Task Force that developed administrative guidelines and procedures to provide a consistent college-wide response to students experiencing suicidal ideation or mental health issues.

In its commitment to safety and planning, OCC conducts regular crisis training including active shooter and campus crisis team practice scenarios. OCC also updated its emergency alert system to provide more immediate and effective notifications. The college routinely reviews and updates its safety procedures for labs and classrooms.

For a copy of OCC’s Department of Public Safety Annual Security Report, visit the college’s safety page at www.oaklandcc.edu/publicsafety.

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Oakland Community College Student Group Top Finisher in National Competition

Oakland Community College’s student government team, SA3, finished in the top ten in a national campus competition called “Up to Us.” The national competition pitted OCC’s team against 75 other colleges. The objective of the competition was for collegiate student leaders to raise awareness and engagement on America’s fiscal challenges.

Oakland Community College (OCC), first place winner Jackson State University, and the other top ten finalists were recognized at the 2017 Peter G. Peterson Fiscal Summit in Washington D.C. on May 23. The event featured meetings with Senator John McCain, U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means Kevin Brady, Bernie Sanders and other national leaders.

OCC’s SA3 team is the official student governing body of the Oakland Community College. The purpose of SA3 is to promote student participation in campus activities, decision-making processes, commitment to individual responsibilities, procedures and bylaws of the College.

SA3 AnalineThe winning team was led by Analine Morales, president of the SA3 Oakland Community College Auburn Hills Student Government and resident of Auburn Hills. Team members included: Auburn Hills resident Morales; Auburn Hills resident Farzana Hoque, SA3 vice president; Alyssa Garcia-Lizardi, treasurer (Clarkston); Adam Owczarzak, public relations chair (Troy); Caitlyn Webster, secretary (Auburn Hills) and co-advisors Jessica Lizardi (Lake Orion) and Jeff Farrah (Ferndale).

The group will be further recognized by former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) annual meeting in Massachusetts later this year.

“We are very proud of Analine and her team for leading these efforts and developing a campaign that had great impact and reached so many members of our student body,” said OCC Student Development Coordinator Jessica Lizardi. “More than 500 students across all OCC campuses signed a pledge to become more aware about our national debt and understand how students’ economic futures could be affected.”

 “This experience has helped me to grow as a leader,” said Morales. “It has helped me to know how to better communicate how important the fiscal issues are for our future.”

OCC students were also featured in a national promotional video for Up to Us 2016-17. The video can be viewed here.

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OCC’s National Society of Leadership and Success Inducts 169 New Members

NSLS 2017The Oakland Community College (OCC) Chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) recently inducted 169 members. This is the OCC Chapter’s third group of members to be inducted into the NSLS. Inducted members complete a leadership program consisting of an orientation, a leadership training day, three speaker broadcasts, three success networking team meetings and an induction ceremony where they received the Certificate of Leadership Training.

The NSLS is one of the nation’s largest leadership honor societies. Students are selected for membership based on being a newly enrolled student at OCC. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. Membership is for a lifetime and provides access to benefits including scholarships and awards, exclusive on-campus events, employer recruitment through an online job bank, discounts on computers, textbooks, graduate school preparation courses, insurance and much more.

Currently the OCC NSLS Chapter has 778 members, many of whom are continuing to work towards their induction. “The OCC NSLS continues to have a significant impact on our campus by inspiring our students to become better leaders and helping them reach their goals. We are extremely proud of our members” (Stacey Jackson, Chapter Advisor).

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About The National Society of Leadership and Success

The National Society of Leadership and Success was founded in 2001 to build a community of like-minded, success oriented leaders who come together to help one another succeed. The Society offers interactive broadcasts with the nation’s best speakers, training in goal setting, and team meetings in which students set and hold each other accountable for achieving goals. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 475 college and university campuses nationwide and serves more than 450,000 members. For more information, please visit www.societyleadership.org. Follow the Society on Twitter @theNSLS and Like on Facebook.  

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OCC Names 2017 Diversity Champion, Allison McFadden-Keesling

mcfadden-diversity-champion-2017.jpgOakland Community College’s (OCC) 2017 Diversity Champion by the College’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.  McFadden-Keesling, a librarian at OCC’s Highland Lakes Campus in Waterford, received the award for her work on OCC’s Human Library, a collection of diverse individuals who are on loan to readers.

“In this age of rapid globalization, the understanding and appreciation of others is an important foundation for personal and professional success,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer.

The College’s Diversity and Inclusion committee mission is to ensure that diversity, in all its forms, is respected and valued, in an environment of inclusiveness and understanding. The committee offers college-wide programs and serves as an educational resource for OCC students, employees and the community with opportunities to provide input and diverse insight. Each year, the committee honors an individual who has helped promote its core values and goals.

Under the national Human Library guides, OCC’s Human Library represents a multitude of diverse populations including economic, cultural, religion, race, and more, for open and sometimes difficult conversations that challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

In addition to her work on OCC’s Human Library, McFadden-Keesling created a special collection of documentary films about diversity and inclusion at the Highland Lakes campus library and moderates film viewings and discussions. For the last eight years, she organized OCC Highland Lakes’ “African American Read-in.”

McFadden-Keesling presents on the Human Library at state and local conferences and events including the Michigan Library Association Academic Libraries Conferences and the Optimist Club of Central Detroit. She will be recognized May 4 at an annual event hosted by the Birmingham Race Relations and Diversity Task Force.

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Event Explores Historic Parallels, Civil Rights Impact of Minority Registries

How does the internment of Japanese Americans relate to a potential registry of Muslims in America?

On 4.20-2.PNGApril 20, Oakland Community College (OCC) along with the Michigan Asian Pacific Affairs Commission (MAPAC), National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) and the Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL) will be showing a documentary about the civil rights case of Fred Korematsu, a Japanese American who refused to go to an internment camp during World War II.  Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion about the documentary and the similarities of a potential Muslim registry.

The documentary spotlights the historic case of Korematsu, who challenged the constitutionality of the U.S. government’s imprisonment of Japanese Americans, but lost in 1944. In 1983, key documents were discovered that Japanese Americans had not committed acts of treason to justify mass incarceration. That same year, Korematsu’s case was re-opened and his conviction was overturned, creating a pivotal moment in civil rights history.

The panel will be moderated by OCC Academic Dean of Art, Design and Humanities Henry Tanaka, a recognized leader in Asian-American affairs. Panelists include Rula Aoun, director of the Arab American Civil Rights League, psychologist Krishna Stilianos, OCC faculty member and Ph.D., and immigration attorney Geck Budd.

This free, public event takes place on Thursday, April 20, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at OCC’s Royal Oak Campus, room B249-252. The campus is located at 739 S. Washington Ave, Royal Oak.

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