McHenry County College Pays $16,400 for Diversity Training of All Employees, But Taxpayers Prohibited from Seeing Content

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,
  • equity,
  • belongingness, and
  • inclusion

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.

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Naturally, I filed a Freedom of Information request for the cost and course outline.

Here is the reply:

Responsive Information:

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.


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McHenry County College Pays $16,400 for Diversity Training of All Employees, But Taxpayers Prohibited from Seeing Content — 15 Comments

  1. The Marxists at MCC have been busy with their indoctrinating schemes,
    no price too high for their vision of utopia to become a reality.

    Preferred pronoun training coming next.

    You voted for it, suckers.

  2. May be they should have spent the $$ on learning TRANSPARENCY of tax payers funds… instead of this hidden agenda crap!

    lets see how do we teach these people how to cheat w/o getting caught until after elections… is a quandrie..

    P.R. i think you mean NOT at work.. !

  3. Nothing says ‘Equity’ more than hiring $20 K consultants, to tell $10 per hour employees, their complicit in an unfair power structure.

  4. What a joke. Was attendance to listen to this drivel mandatory? I would have been exposed to Covid that day and called in to say I’m quarantining. I’m sure there were handouts of the PowerPoint. Maybe a teacher might expose it to the taxpayers that keep that campus open.

  5. Diversity Training at MCC

    Some related articles from the google search:

    https://blnnews.com/2021/11/09/meet-dr-ivette-dubiel/

    https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-lawmakers-to-vote-on-controversial-culturally-responsive-education-rule/o

    On FOI, freedom of information request, any citizen AND taxpayer, ought to be able to examine anything, everything in courses, material, curriculum in a public school funded by taxpayers.

    So, the latest version of diversity training is expanded from DEI to DEBI.

    Our commander in chief, Joseph Robinette Biden, has stated a number of times that his white house staff looks like America. OK if also all on the staff are qualified for the job position.

    Looking like America means having the percent, proportional diversity that actually exists in America. Those proportions are well documented in the 2020 U.S. Census official results.

    There are major sports teams seen regularly on tv that DO NOT practice diversity. When will someone, or groups, or Biden point this out and ask them to work on getting true diversity per America’s profile?

  6. Outlines are confidential?
    Seems unlikely.
    You could always get the name of the organization who does the training and see if you could purchase what they sell to schools. Of course, then you’re doing business with them, which I assume you don’t want to do, but then you could make the outline yourself.
    I don’t think it is illegal to summarize a book or movie or describe a song so you should be in the clear. Otherwise maybe a sympathetic staffer who gets a PP presentation, link, or otherwise has access to the content could tell you about it?

  7. And you should look into the body of research that shows diversity training offers no benefits and often makes workplaces more racially hostile.

    This isn’t like wacky right-wing fringe stuff — it’s been reported by sources such as Harvard, NY Times, and Psychology Today.

    Look into the “progressive stack” and identity based politics explosion in mentions around the time of Occupy Wall Street.

    This crap was peddled to take people’s attention away from what governments and large financial institutions were doing.

    Victor David Hanson did an interview (I think it might have been the one titled “State of the Union” but don’t quote me on that) where he talked about the left’s switch from class oriented economics in politics to a politics that is race oriented and how it’s now starting to backfire on Democrats, particularly among lower and middle class Hispanics and Asians who are shifting away from Democrats. In short, “woke” stuff is inorganic and unpopular.

  8. Time to sue them. They’re really lesbians in charge of the MCC FOI office.

    Once they buy into the mind bending program, paid by tax payers, they can’t hide behind copywrite crap.

  9. Some related articles from a google search:

    https://blnnews.com/2021/11/09/meet-dr-ivette-dubiel/

    https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-lawmakers-to-vote-on-controversial-culturally-responsive-education-rule/o

    On FOI, freedom of information request, any citizen AND taxpayer, ought to be able to examine anything, everything in courses, material, curriculum in a public school funded by taxpayers.

    So, the latest version of diversity training is expanded from DEI to DEBI.

    Our commander in chief, Joseph Robinette Biden, has stated a number of times that his white house staff “Looks like America”. OK if also all on the staff are qualified for the job position.

    “Looking like America” means having the percent, proportional diversity that actually exists in America. Those proportions are well documented in the 2020 U.S. Census official results.

    There are major sports teams seen regularly on tv that totally disregard diversity to Look like America. When will someone, or groups, or Biden point this out and ask them to work on getting true diversity per America’s profile?

    The Democrats are horrible, are hypocrites about actually practicing diversity as exemplified by what they do in the US Congress. They have had a group over many decades that ONLY admits people into the group if they are of a “certain” race. Other races are not allowed into the group.

  10. Vote out the wokesters on the MCC Board next April.

    I hope Diane Evertson is running again.

  11. Kind of recall that within the last year, some one or some persons or authority at MCC wanted to display the Rainbow flag. Then, news reports showed that it decided to not do that.

    What is the flag or symbol for biological men and women united in marriages and with children and family? What is it? That is a very sacred and important part of our civilization.

    Should we “celebrate” nature and/or God who gave life to species, humans and animals along with biological means to procreate and continue the species for eons? How about that to celebrate? A real celebration. Without woman/man, female/male relationships to procreate, the human species would evaporate, disintegrate. Thus, no humans on the planet earth. But, the earth will eventually be eliminated when its star, the human named “Sun” explodes in a gigantic ball of fire wiping out nearby planets. Will that be covered on some kind of live tv reporting and everybody, including tv reporters, are wiped out.

  12. MCC has gone downhill since Jenner/Tirio left the board.

    I don’t know how they did it being a minority but they held the majority’s feet to the flame.

    Did they have some goods on them?

    Got rid of the health club expansion they were planning, then brought $172M total fantasy project down to $18M for a damn nice STEM expansion.

    Another thing that bothers me is all the expensive mailers and billboards.

    Everyone in the county and beyond knows there’s a community college.

    What’s with all the useless advertising?

    Pure Ego!

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