The theme for the All-College Professional Day held on April 3, 2014, was “Our Inner Resources – Closing the Achievement Gap: Promoting Success Through Inclusive Practices.” The Keynote for the day was Dr. Becky Wai-Ling Packard, Associate Dean of Faculty; Professor of Psychology & Education; Director of the Harriet L. & Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership. Dr. Packard did a fantastic job discussing how we can embed mentoring practices into our everyday work. Topics related to race, class, microaggressions, and access paved the way to a day full of dialogue and interaction.
Paula Pitcher, VP of Enrollment Services, Research & Planning, provided a data story related to MCC’s achievement gap findings. This helped connect Dr. Packard’s keynote address to the concurrent sessions held throughout the day aligned with strategies and methods to help address the achievement gap. Finally, MCC’s improv group, Random Acts, provided a great look into how microaggressions impact us all. Their lunch-time performance was thoughtful and helped participants transition with thoughts/ideas to their department & division meetings.
It was a successful day filled with discussions and feedback to help promote a culture of success. A special thanks to those who attended from other institutions as well as attendees from the Department of Higher Education.