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Student Diversity Summit held on Nov. 5 engaged nearly 500 Macomb County students

– Tuesday, November 10, 2015 12:00AM

Skillman Foundation sponsored summit hosted by Macomb Community College


Culminating from 1½ years of planning, nearly 500 students from 19 Macomb County school districts along with a charter school gathered in Warren at Macomb Community College’s South Campus on Nov.  5 for a half-day Student Diversity Summit.  The Skillman Foundation sponsored the meeting.  

With an objective to facilitate productive dialogue about race, diversity and culture, the summit was designed to provide a safe and constructive forum for student discussion and to enlist youth leaders in embracing the “new normal” in Macomb County.   The idea for the summit was initially precipitated by a group of Utica Community School students.  

Planning for the event involved Macomb Community College, Macomb County school superintendents, the Macomb Intermediate School District and OneMacomb, a county initiative to promote multiculturalism and inclusiveness. In March 2015, 35 students from throughout the county met with the planning team to provide student perspective to help finalize the summit’s focus and approach. In addition to the opening presentation and ice breaker, the summit was constructed with eight different interactive breakout sessions that were repeated, providing students the opportunity to participate in two distinct sessions. 

About the Skillman Foundation

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation (www.skillman.org)  is a private philanthropy committed to improving meaningful graduation rates in the Detroit region, so kids are ready for college, career, and life. The Foundation has assets of nearly a half-billion dollars, with an annual grants budget of $17 million. The Foundation works to achieve its goal by investing in community leadership, neighborhoods, safety initiatives, high-quality schools, social innovation, and youth development. 

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan and nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: Jeanne Nicol, 586.445.7204, nicolj@macomb.edu