By Ricki Walters, Regional Diversity Trainer/Investigator

We are often so busy running to keep up with the work that needs to be done, both at SCC and in our personal lives, that we often are looking ahead to that next thing that needs to be done, and neglect looking back to see what we’ve accomplished over the past year. I admit that I wouldn’t have done that myself, except for Annie asking me to do so for the newsletter. In retrospect, I found that taking that moment to look back was quite refreshing! The number of things that can be accomplished in a year is really amazing. Here’s some of what I’ve been up to:

  • I represented SCC as a board member for the MLK, Jr. Commemorative Board; meeting with them monthly.
  • I helped coordinate the community-wide Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration and Pathfinder Awards held on January 17, 2012.
  • I wrote a grant request to Hickory Tech Foundation for the MLK Board, and received funding for the January 2012 event.
  • I provided training to SCC supervisors on how to handle and report sexual violence.
  • I brought Lynn Kuechle to campus for a Women’s History Month/Brown Bag Lunch Diversity Event that was open to students and employees.
  • I attended the Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity in Minneapolis.
  • I provided a What’s Your Culture diversity training opportunity for faculty and staff on the Faribault campus.
  • I provided harassment/discrimination prevention training to new employees.
  • I provided diversity training to SCC student leaders.
  • I worked on an action team to develop a systematic, college-wide diversity training program to be rolled out next fall.
  • I’m a member of the SCC Diversity Committee; meeting with them monthly.