Diversity & Inclusion


Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Compliance

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

JJC's Core Values of respect and inclusion are central to our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We show this commitment by serving others with fairness and equality.

JJC is a community of lifelong learners that welcomes, values, and respects diversity. The college fosters a climate of mutual respect and inclusion. We celebrate diversity by embracing our differences.

Compliance

Compliance covers many areas. Some of the larger compliance areas at JJC include:

  • Title IX
  • Title VI 
  • ADA and Section 504 
  • FOIA 
  • Ethics 
  • Reporting 
  • Subpoenas
  • Adherence with board policies and institutional procedures
  • Mission & Vision

    Mission

    The President's Diversity & Inclusion Council advocates and champions diversity, equity and inclusion efforts that prioritize our commitment to the core values of respect and inclusion. The council will ensure the college community is a place where everyone feels welcomed, empowered and safe.

    Vision

    Provide an environment that inspires acceptance, inclusion and mutual respect.

  • Meet Our Staff

    Dr. Escortina Ervin

    Dr. Escortina Ervin, Executive Director

    Phone: 815.280.2737
    Email: eervin@jjc.edu

    In this role, Dr. Escortina Ervin helps JJC meet its strategic goals and challenges resulting from demographic changes. Dr. Ervin also manages the college's Diversity Office and oversees the President's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.

    Dr. Tracy Morris
    Dr. Tracy Morris, Compliance Officer

    Phone: 815.280.2704
    Email: tmorris@jjc.edu

    Dr. Tracy Morris serves as the primary contact person for all legal and compliance matters related to the college and ensures prompt resolution of ethics reports and all First Amendment, Title IV, Title VI, and Title IX violations. She also provides oversight for college policies and procedures, timely state and federal reporting, investigative matters, pending litigation and other compliance.

    Erin Farmer
    Erin Farmer, Program Manager & FOIA Officier

    Phone: 815.280.2660
    Email: efarmer@jjc.edu

    In this role, Erin Farmer manages the college's DEI plan and oversees initiatives that support and influence achievement of the diversity, equity and inclusion goals of the college. She is also the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer for the college.

    Monique Clayborne
    Monique Clayborne, Administrative Assistant

    Phone: 815.280.2801
    Email: mclaybor@jjc.edu

    In this role, Monique Clayborne supports the executive director, compliance officer and program manager to promote and engage students, staff and faculty in diversity efforts.

Upcoming Events

  • JJC LGBTQ+ History Month and Disability Awareness Month Events 2022

    Cultural Competency Workshop for Students

    Thursday, Oct. 6, 2-4:30 p.m.
    Virtual workshop via MS Teams

    This event is intended for JJC students to increase awareness of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) while building skills to help us create an inclusive culture where everyone can thrive. The workshop will provide a safe and open interactive learning environment encouraging real dialogue.

    Register Now


    All the Letters: Understanding LGBTQIA+ Identities and Experiences in 2022

    Thursday, Oct. 13, 10-11:30 a.m.
    Room U-1022

    How are people using and experiencing sexual orientation and gender in 2022? What do you need to know to be culturally competent in this area? Join educator, speaker and grassroots activist Robyn Ochs in exploring LGBTQIA+ identities. Bring your questions and an open mind!

    Register Now


    Beyond Binaries: Identity and Sexuality Workshop

    Thursday, Oct. 13, 2-3:30 p.m.
    U-1022

    How do we assign labels to our complex experiences of identity? How well do our friends/family members understand us? Join Robyn Ochs in this interactive program as we explore the landscape of sexuality, conduct a thought-provoking anonymous survey of those present, and look together at the data.

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    Circle for LGBTQIA+ Students

    Thursday, Oct. 20, 1-3 p.m.
    Virtual event via MS Teams

    Circles provide opportunities for individuals to gather and strengthen community through story telling. These community discussions allow individuals to share personal experiences, discuss community issues, identify support, and work to find solutions. This circle experience will allow LGBTQIA+ students a safe space for dialogue, growth, and healing.

    Register Now


    Disability Awareness Day Event

    Friday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Room U-1022

    As part of Disability Awareness Month, the Disability Awareness Club (DAC) will be hosting an event for the campus community to come together and learn about the experiences of those living with disabilities. Please join us for this insightful event including several speakers from JJC and the disability community.

    Registration information coming soon.


    Cultural Competency Workshop for Employees

    Tuesday, Oct. 25, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

    Virtual event via MS Teams

    The purpose of this workshop is to increase awareness of DEI and its value to the JJC community while building skills to help us create an inclusive culture where everyone can thrive. This workshop is open to all employees who have not already completed the three-hour workshop. If you are unsure whether you've completed this requirement, please contact dei@jjc.edu.

    Register Now


    Circle for LGBTQIA+ Employees

    Wednesday, Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Virtual event via MS Teams

    Circles provide opportunities for individuals to gather and strengthen community through story telling. These community discussions allow individuals to share personal experiences, discuss community issues, identify support, and work to find solutions. This circle experience will allow LGBTQIA+ employees a safe space for dialogue, growth and healing.

    Register Now


    Circle for Disability Awareness

    Thursday, Oct. 27, 9-11 a.m.
    Virtual event via MS Teams

    Circles provide opportunities for individuals to gather and strengthen community through story telling. These community discussions allow individuals to share personal experiences, discuss community issues, identify support, and work to find solutions. This circle experience is open to students and employees and will allow those who are living with a disability or have loved ones with a disability a safe space for dialogue, growth, and healing.

    Register Now

  • Diversity Week (Oct. 3-7, 2022)

    Donuts with DEIC

    Monday, Oct. 3
    8:30 to 10 a.m., A-1002

    Stop by for donuts and coffee, chat with the DEIC Office and participate in a diversity, equity and inclusion activity. We hope to see you there! 

    Sign up for Donuts with DEIC


    JJC Diverse Alumni Panel

    Tuesday, Oct. 4
    1 to 2:15 p.m., U-1022

    JJC has been instrumental in the success of our students and the path they are on today. Join us in hearing from JJC alums who will share their experiences at JJC and beyond! 

    Sign Up for the Alumni Panel

    Speaker Bios

    Alisha Brennon

    Alisha Brennon is originally from a small town in Iowa by the name of Williamsburg, straight down I-80. Alisha holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Robert Morris University where she also played women’s basketball. In 2018, Alisha graduated from the Joliet Junior College Orthotics and Prosthetics program. She is currently enrolled at the University of Iowa in the MBA program. Alisha serves as the prosthetics instructor and co-coordinator at JJC. Her career aspiration is to help grow the orthotics and prosthetics program into a robust and exciting program that implements state-of-the-art technology, so that when students are employed they can provide the best outcomes for their patients.

    Cornell Lurry

    Mr. Cornell Lurry received his Associate in Arts degree in business from Joliet Junior College, followed by an undergraduate degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu in Hawaii with a Bachelor of Science in management and marketing. Mr. Lurry is currently pursuing his MBA degree at the University of St. Francis. Mr. Lurry has received various accolades and rewards for his stellar performance and service, and currently serves as the Northeastern Illinois Regional Community Development Relationship Manager at Midland States Bank. Mr. Lurry is a member of the Advisory Council for Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago’s (NHS) South Suburban office and Southland Development Authority. He sits on the Board of Directors for the African American Business Association of the Joliet Chamber, Will County Center for Community Concerns, Workforce Services of Will County, Joliet Junior College Foundation, Cornerstone Services Inc., Spanish Community Center and Joliet City Center Partnership.

    Lorraine Guerrero Neumayer

    Lorraine Guerrero Neumayer, LCSW, is the senior trauma therapist for the Will County State’s Attorney’s Children’s Advocacy Center. She has 18 years of experience working with children, families and community members impacted by trauma in a myriad of environments including schools, hospitals, government and community agencies as a social worker, volunteer, speaker and board member. Lorraine is the co-founder of the Will County Latinx Caucus, and serves as the only Latinx on the Will County Democrats Executive Board and Joliet Township High School Board. Lorraine began her college education at Joliet Junior College and went on to earn her B.A. in social work from Lewis University and then hew MSW from Aurora University. Her favorite roles include being a vocal survivor of childhood trauma, secretary for Joliet Township High School Board of Education, wife to Aaron, mother to two bonus daughters, Giselle and Jocelynn, dog mom to two chocolate labs and nature lover.

    Silivia Huerta

    Silvia Huerta was born in Mexico City, the eldest of three children. In 2005, when Silvia was 18 years old, she immigrated to the United States with a dream of becoming someone in this country. Silvia graduated from Joliet Central High School in 2007, but only spoke basic English and had to pause her goal of higher education. Silvia got married and had a son and when her son was in second grade, she enrolled in ESL and GED classes at Joliet Junior College so she could help him with his homework. JJC opened its doors to Silvia and offered her the opportunity to become fluent in English and restart her educational dream. JJC’s flexible schedules and options of in-person, hybrid and online classes were perfect for her full schedule and parenting. She earned two certificates in 2018 and 2019. The JJC faculty were a significant part of Silvia’s success as she continued learning despite the pandemic. With the help of faculty, Silvia passed her citizenship test in 2021 and received her naturalization certificate. In May of 2022, Silvia graduated from JJC and received her associate degree in management and supervision (AAS) and a certificate of achievement in management and supervision (CAC). These additional certifications and her degree have allowed her to move up in her company, assume more responsibilities and gain financial rewards.


    Employee Affinity Group Kickoff

    Wednesday, Oct. 5
    1 to 2 p.m., Picnic Grove

    Affinity groups are employee-led groups that offer a welcoming place for employees who share common interests, to meet and support one another's personal and professional perspectives. These groups help promote diversity, understanding, belonging and psychological safety on campus. Join us for our affinity group kickoff to learn more about these opportunities and to get to know your colleagues leading these efforts!

    Sign up for Employee Affinity Group Kickoff


    Discrimination and Exclusion to Diversity and Inclusion

    Thursday, Oct. 6
    1:30 to 2:30 p.m., A-1002

    Professor O'Connor will trace the law from the early days of discrimination and segregation through the developments of Constitutional and Statutory Equality. This presentation will discuss diversity under the law and track the development of the inclusive principles of Affirmative Action. 

    Sign up for Discrimination and Exclusion to Diversity and Inclusion


    Cultural Competency Workshop for Students

    Thursday, Oct. 6
    2 to 4:30 p.m., Virtual Workshop Via Teams

    This workshop is intended for JJC students to increase awareness of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) while building skills to help us create an inclusive culture where everyone can thrive. The workshop will provide a safe and open interactive learning environment encouraging real dialogue. 

    Sign up for Cultural Competency Workshop

How Employees Get Involved

  • Book Club

    Dr. Escortina Ervin

    Book Club

    JJC's DEI Book Club gives employees a chance to have meaningful conversations about race. Members discuss current issues via important books and learn from others' experiences. The book club is:

    • Offered to employees every fall semester; book, reading guide and additional resources provided
    • Made up of small groups that include two co-facilitators and no more than eight participants
       

    "I met some really great people across campus through the DEI Book Club. I love to broaden my knowledge about DEI so that I can help my work environment and personal life to be more open and accepting."
    -Book Club Participant

  • Diversity Training

    Diversity Training / Cultural Competency Workshops

    JJC offers workshops to increase awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion. They are essential to employees so that they build their skills to create an inclusive campus culture.

    Cultural Competency Workshop

    The cultural competency workshop was designed by the Kaleidoscope Group. It is delivered by internal JJC employees who have been trained to facilitate the workshop.

    The workshop provides a safe and open environment that encourages real dialogue. The goal is to help build cultural competence and consciously inclusive employees.

    Safe Zone Ally Training

    JJC's Safe Zone Ally Training is a campus-wide program designed to create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff. Nearly 100 students, staff and faculty who have gone through this training program, which prepares them to be helpful advocates.

  • Peace Circles

    Dr. Escortina Ervin

    Peace Circles

    Peace circles bring together individuals to engage in honest communication, relationship development and community building. Peace circles can be used for:

    • Restorative justice
    • Racial healing
    • Conflict resolution
    • Decision-making 
    • Supporting one another
    • Providing a sense of belonging


    Benefits of peace circles include:

    • intentionally creating spaces that lift barriers between people
    • open possibilities for connection, collaboration and mutual understanding

  • Table Talks

    Table Talks

    • Open to the entire campus
    • A place to discuss important topics suggested by employees and college leadership
    • Leaders share key information and engage with all employees

Additional Information