News and Events

Upcoming events

Tuskegee Airmen memorial project discussion

The Tuskegee Airmen were pioneering Black aviators in the United States Armed Forces. During World War II, Black Americans in many U.S. states were still subject to Jim Crow laws, and the American military was racially segregated. The Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to discrimination, both within and outside the army, but were effective in both their military duties and in starting to change attitudes about segregation in the U.S. military.

On April 11, 1944, 2nd Lt. Frank Moody was flying a training mission over Lake Huron when his plane went down just north of Port Huron. In 2015, the remains of his plane were found, launching an effort to create a memorial to the Tuskegee Airmen in this area. Find out more in this discussion led by Jessica Brown, Director of SC4’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Previous events

Discussion with Dr. Randa Jundi-Samman on March 25

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion had a 90-minute fireside chat session with Dr. Randa Jundi-Samman on Thursday, March 25, 2021. The topic was “History of Women and Their Role in Society – Have We Removed the Barriers?”

Book discussion of Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

A book discussion of Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad, with the facilitators Dr. Leah Howell and Dr. Portia Watkins was Friday, March 19 via Zoom.

A Continuing Series of Small Indignities discussion

SC4’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion along with the SC4 Civic Democratic Learning Committee sponsored a special event to discuss A Continuing Series of Small Indignities, a film by Michael Pfaendtner. The event was Thursday, Feb. 25, via Zoom.

Victim or creator: Changing your mindset with Caleb S. Boswell

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offered a 60-minute chat session with Caleb S. Boswell on the topic of “Victim or Creator: Changing Your Mindset,” Friday, Feb. 26, via Zoom. The session was geared toward students but community, faculty and staff were welcome to attend.

“Where Do We Go From Here?” – Our 19th annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Due to the pandemic, this year’s celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was pre-recorded and made available for viewing Monday, January 18, 2021.

You may view the program for the event and also watch two videos of Dr. King’s 1967 speech at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta entitled “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Professional Development Workshop

Course began January 15, 2021 and ran for four weeks. Anyone could sign up (free to students and community members for this first offering). The purpose of the course is to engage in a facilitated online discussion and individual exploration on current DEI topics.

Voluntary DEI Book Readings for 2021-2022:

  • How to be an Anti-Racist
  • Me and White Supremacy

Books are free to borrow for faculty, staff, and students please contact dei@sc4.edu or the library for digital versions.

Third Reading Discussion Group virtual event

The third virtual group book discussion was held on Friday, January 15 on Zoom. The book discussed was How to be An Antiracist by: Ibram X Kendi. The facilitators were Dr. Leah Howell and Dr. Portia Watkins.

Reading Discussion Group virtual event

The second virtual group book discussion was held on Friday, November 20. The book discussed was White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson. The facilitators were Dr. Leah Howell and Dr. Portia Watkins.

Caleb S. Boswell

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offered a 60-minute chat session for SC4 students on the book Looking Beyond the Cover: A Discussion on the Effects of Racism & Bias on a Student’s Mental Health, Friday, Nov. 13, via Zoom.

Racism and mental health are often viewed as a touchy subject for discussion. The facilitator, Caleb Boswell, provided an understanding of racism, bias, and the toll it takes on students. He discussed topics of depression, anxiety, and imposter syndrome.

Jen Fry – October 2020

Jen Fry

Social justice educator Jen Fry spoke to the SC4 campus and community Friday, Oct. 9. The presentation was offered through SC4’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and took place via Zoom.

Jen Fry is a native of Arizona, a Division II athlete, and veteran volleyball coach with over 15 years of experience at the collegiate level with coaching stints at Elon University, the University of Illinois (2011 National Runner-Up), Washington State University, and Norfolk State University. She turned social justice educator when she realized there was a need for educating not only our student-athletes of all ages, but the administration, staff, and coaches who train them through an antiracist lens on issues of race, inclusion, intersectionality, diversity, and equity. She is also working on her Phd in Geography at Michigan State University.


D.E.I. Reading Series Discussion initiative

The D.E.I. (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Reading Series Discussion initiative aims for students, staff, faculty, and the community to have an honest and open dialogue on their perspective lens and connect with the subject in a comprehensive way to promote respect and empathy in others; by creating a safe space to share discussion and transparency about the issues surrounding the select topics.

The first group discussion was on Friday, September 25, 2020. The book discussed was White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. Our facilitators were Dr. Leah Howell and Dr. Portia Watkins.

Available books

The following books are available for SC4 employees to borrow, read, and then participate in discussions as we move into the fall semester.

There is no cost to participants. To get a copy of one or more of the books, send an email to DEI@sc4.edu with the following information:

  • Your book choice (or choices)
  • Your book delivery preference: Either pick it up at the Office of DEI, have it delivered by interoffice mail, or have it mailed to your home (include your mailing address if you choose this option)
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
  • How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Please contact DEI@sc4.edu or jdbrown@sc4.edu if you have any questions.


Additional plans for the coming year

  • Host national and regional diversity, equity, and inclusion speakers on campus
  • Coordinate with the Global Diversity Advisory Council, Civic Engagement, G.L.O.W., SC4MPowers and other groups on campus on shared interests and similar activities
  • Connect with community groups
  • Advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in all campus systems, activities, functions, and efforts