The Kellogg Community College Center for Diversity and Innovation (CDI) is funded by a three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Located in the College’s Downtown Office location in downtown Battle Creek, CDI employees are part of KCC’s Division of Student and Community Services.
The Center for Diversity and Innovation will be the catalyst and collaborative partner in the community toward the creation of a more equitable and inclusive Battle Creek.
To foster leadership and innovation for an equitable Battle Creek by inspiring, supporting, and connecting diverse community leaders; and, to provide comprehensive support for community change initiatives that promote equity, leadership, and engagement in Battle Creek.
Created through a three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Center for Diversity and Innovation seeks to ignite a fundamental transformation in the city of Battle Creek towards the elimination of racial disparities.
The CDI will work with individuals and institutions to build a deeper understanding of how systemic racism impacts their lives and to build their capacity to work towards the elimination of racial inequities. We will offer programming throughout the year aimed at building and deepening the awareness of individuals regarding race and racism, with the ultimate goal of building a critical mass of leaders in the community that are collaboratively working toward racial equity in Battle Creek. This programming will include films and discussions, speakers, White Men and Allies learning labs, Coaching for Community Transformation training, workshops, panel discussions and performances among other learning opportunities.
We will also work with all institutions in the community to build their capacity to establish inclusive and equitable policies, practices and cultures that eliminate racial disparities. This will be accomplished by offering presentations and skills-building workshops where institutions will acquire a strong conceptual framework for this work. These sessions will be complemented by sector-specific (non-profit, business, healthcare, education, etc.) presentations, as well as consulting services for organizations that are ready to develop individual approaches towards racial equity.
The CDI seeks to create collaborative and accountable partnerships with all sectors of the Battle Creek community. This approach will ensure that our programming and capacity-building initiatives are responding to the needs of the community. In order to establish an accountable relationship, the CDI will create an advisory committee comprised by representatives from different sectors in the community.