On September 20, 2022, McHenry County Blog revealed that top officials of McHenry County College had undergone training for
- expanding diversity,
- belongingness, and
and found it desirable for all faculty and every other employee to be subjected to the same 8-hour indoctrination.
I filed a Freedom of Information request for the course outline, which was denied.
After providing the college with the following information, I was told I could come in and see the information I sought:
Second, the PAC agreed with the District that FOIA cannot be a tool to access material otherwise protected by copyright. Under FOIA, information that is protected from disclosure by state or federal law cannot be disclosed pursuant to FOIA. 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(a). Copyright material is protected under Section 106 of the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. § 106) and, therefore, cannot be disclosed without authorization. FOIA is not a proper tool to challenge copyright claims. Citing its own precedent, the PAC held that when material appears to be copyright protected, it is appropriate for the public body to invite a requester to inspect the material and not provide the requester with copies. Again, the PAC found the District acted appropriately.
So, on September 21st, I drove over to the campus.
On the way to the Presidential suite, I stopped at a fountain to get a drink and found it, like the one at Northwestern Medical’s facility on Route 31 north of Route 176, did not work. (Maybe MCC thinks Covid can be spread through drinking fountains. If so, not following the science.)
In any event, pen in hand, I was led to a conference room and given two sheets of paper, one showing the schedule and topics for faculty, another for other employees.
The following was written at the top of the faculty syllabus:
“This agenda and all other related material may not be shared with and individual outside of McHenry County College.
“Due to the proprietory and the interpersonal nature of the series, video audio recording and/or audio recordings are not allowed.”
The first class for faculty will be held on November 15th.
A summary of the contents follow:
Equity 101: An Overview and Social Construct of Self and Positionality
- Develop common language regarding diversity, inclusion and equity
- Dinstinguish between diversity and culture
- Identify social constructs of self and positionaly
- Consider the impact of the socialization process
- Reflect on the socialization process about identies
Thh $16,400 is to be paid to Systemic Educational Equity, LLC.
The firm’s website states the following:
“We are committed to building capacity and guiding school districts, corporations and non-profits toward their ever-lasting journey of anti-bias/anti-oppressive efforts. All of our consulting services are facilitated by BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ equity experts.”
Founder of the company, Dr. Ivette Dubiel, is “a member of the Community Leadership and Equity Advisory Council for U.S. Representative, Lauren Underwood, for the IL 14th Congressional district.
Previously, Huntley Unit School District 158 have availed itself of the services of the business.
In addition, listed as collaborators are the following local school districts:
- Algonquin Unit School District 300
- Crystal Lake High School District 155
In June, MCC advertised for a Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion.
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Petitions may now be passed to gain a ballot position for next April’s MCC and school board elections.
Petitions may be obtained from the MCC President’s complex. It takes fifty signatures to get on the ballot, but I recommend getting one hundred.