Advancing the Equity Agenda

OCTOBER 26, 2021 | 10:30-11:00

Presented By:

Dr. Warren Haynes, MCC – Equity in Retention Academy (EIRA) Team

Session Description:

Recently, a representative team of faculty, staff, and administrators at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) participated in The Gardner Institute’s – Equity in Retention Academy (EIRA). Currently referred as the Metropolitan Community College – EIRA Team, we were led through a self-study process to identify and change systems & policies with a focus on anti-racist and anti-poverty student success outcomes. Concurrently, MCC was awarded an Institutional Racial Equity Initiative Grant from the Missouri Scholarship and Load Foundation (MSLF) to support the development and implementation of a Faculty Equity Academy. This intensive professional development was focused on equity and inclusion in the classroom.

Metropolitan Community College is undergoing a period of reinvigoration and renewal surrounding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. With leadership transition in the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, MCC is taking a next step at evolving the role of the department and have begun to split the civil rights compliance component from the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work, having learned that the necessary time and effort needed for compliance has overshadowed the opportunities for making progress with DEI efforts.

Utilizing Kotter’s 8 Step Process for Leading Change along with the incorporation of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC’s) Leadership Competencies, this presentation will take you on a journey as we transform Metropolitan Community College into an equity-centered institution. 

As we prioritize our students and their success with an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.  MCC is truly committed to our students and recognize that inequities exist and that we must actively address them in our DEI work.

Video & Transcript:

Dr. Warren Haynes

Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Metropolitan Community College

Dr. Kimberly Beatty


Metropolitan Community College

Cynthia Heddlesten

Sociology Faculty

MCC Blue River

Melissa Giese

Executive Director of Institutional Research & Analytics

Metropolitan Community College

Antwan Daniels

Chemistry Faculty

MCC Blue River


When we look at the solutions that innumerable commissions have proposed, we realize that they do not quite mean “equity” and that they seldom asked for “equity”. What they mean, what they prescribe, is something that resembles equity, but never reaches it: something close enough to equity to silence the criticism by approximating justice, but far enough from equity to guarantee the benefits enjoyed by privilege. The differences are justified by telling us that equity must always be “approximate” and cannot possibly be perfect. But the imperfection falls in almost every case to the advantage of the privileged.

~ Jonathan Kozol