Here’s what a Friend of McHenry County Blog found about how the McHenry County College Board is spending our tax dollars:
Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion Training for MCC Employees
One of MCC’s expressed values focuses on the theme of Diversity: “We strive to be thoughtful, appreciative, and continuously open in learning to respect and celebrate diverse ideas, cultures, ethnicities, and life contexts.”
In late July, Cabinet leadership completed eight hours of training with Dr. Ivette Dubiel, a facilitator in Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and inclusion (DEBI) training with Systemic Educational Equity, LLC.
This training was focused on providing a baseline of information, a common understanding of those definitions, concepts, and ideas that are central to extending our commitment to taking personal and institutional steps to grow in our journey of
- expanding diversity,
- belongingness, and
in every student and employee’s experience at MCC.
Cabinet leadership experienced this training first-hand in advance of offering this training to all employees this academic year.
In Fall 2022-Spring 2023, all employees will participate in a comprehensive eight-hour, in-person professional learning experience, presented as individual/monthly sessions.
This training is designed to develop common language and understanding related to DEBI paradigms.
Each session will be facilitated by Dr. Dubiel and will offer a variety of activities and discussion inquiries.
To accommodate various schedules, we will offer two tracks – one for staff and administrators and one for faculty.
We are excited to provide this learning opportunity to our employees, which will allow further ways to connect with each other and continue our efforts to grow an inclusive culture at McHenry County College.
= = = = =
Naturally, I filed a Freedom of Information request for the cost and course outline.
Here is the reply:
Regarding your request for a course outline, please note that this information is confidential and proprietary per the training professional’s documentation.
Therefore, in response to part 2 of your request, please be advised the College is denying your request, as copyrighted curriculums materials are exempt from disclosure under FOIA sections 7(1)(a)), and all College materials that are potentially responsive to this request are copyrighted. 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(a) and (j). Section 7(1)(a) provides that information which is prohibited from disclosure under state or federal law is exempt from FOIA. Federal law specifically provides that the copyright holder has the exclusive right “to distribute copies. . . of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership or by rental, lease, or lending, 17 U.S.C. §106(3), and that “[a]nyone who violates any of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner as provided in section 106. . . is an infringer of the copyright or right of the author, as the case may be.” 17 U.S.C. § 501(a).
Thus, such disclosure is prohibited by federal law.