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September 16, 2020

The taskforce heard updates from the Education & Professional Development, Access & Success for Students and Community Engagement subcommittees. 

Join LCTCS on October 7th or 14th to kick-off an 8 part chat series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. You can earn CEUs if you attend all sessions! Register today! 

September 15, 2020 kicks off Hispanic Heritage month. 

Adult Education and Family Literacy week begins September 20, 2020 through September 26, 2020. Helpful resources can be found here

September 2, 2020

The task force discussed the members of each subcommittee. The subcommittees will begin meeting to design, rethink and question policies and processes impacting the diversity, equity and inclusion of LCTCS. The taskforce was presented with a draft agenda, including topics that will be presented at the LCTCS annual conference. Lastly, we welcomed new college representatives, Maria Esperanza (RPCC), Tarie Roberson (LCTCS), Erika McConduit (LCTCS Board Member), James Thomas (NLTCC), and Shonora Johnson (NLTCC).

Take a listen to the What's Next Louisiana Podcast, presenting "The Student Experience: A Discussion Around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion," on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 6:00pm on

August 19, 2020

The task force reviewed and adopted 5 subcommittees and chairs. The subcommittees are listed below: 

  • Access and Success for Students
  • Access and Success for Employees
  • Professional Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Institutional Infrastructure and Culture 

A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion track has been added to the LCTCS annual conference. Lastly, we welcomed new college representatives, Beonica Frazier (BPCC), Sharonda Mikle (BPCC), Tierney Bashara (BPCC) and Maria Cisneros (DCC). 

August 5, 2020

The task force reviewed and adopted the mission statement for the group and discussed professional develop opportunities. The mission statement is: The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) is composed of individuals from different races, ethnicities, nationalities, socioeconomic statuses, religious backgrounds, genders, gender identities and expressions, and sexual orientations. Through data-driven recommendations, the Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion seeks to help facilitate the system's ongoing efforts to foster a culture of mutual respect for its students, faculty and staff; and to attract, retain, and promote employees from all backgrounds, perspectives, and abilities. The Task Force will work to enhance, improve and transform the academic and workplace experience within LCTCS.  

July 22, 2020

Dr. Taniecea Mallery, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer at University of Louisiana Lafayette presented on the work she is doing to promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and provided a framework for inclusive excellence. The following are the basis of the framework: 

  • Access and Success
  • Education and Professional Development
  • Climate and Intergroup Relations
  • Institutional Infrastructure
  • Community Engagement

Rene Cintron and Amy Cable demoed the Student Diversity Dashboard. The dashboard will be published in the coming weeks. Lastly, we welcomed two student representatives, Tara Mitchell, BRCC SGA President and LCTCS Student Board Member and Joshua Turner, CLTCC SGA President and LCTCS Student Board Member.

JULY 8, 2020

Quintin Taylor hosted the first of many meetings with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce. The following topics were discussed: 

  • Adoption of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion definition
  • Mission and Vision for taskforce
  • Current college efforts and strategies 
  • LCTC Webpage

JULY 2, 2020

Taskforce confirmed and draft website created.