Belonging at Rowan-Cabarrus

Our Purpose

The Advisory Council for Inclusive Belonging is devoted to celebrating and embracing differences as strengths while creating an open and engaging environment. The primary goals are to promote a spirit of inclusion, encourage participation in activities that provide social awareness, and encourage dialogue as we evolve our diverse campus community.

Our Mission

The Advisory Council for Inclusive Belonging fosters a sense of belonging among its employees, students, and community by promoting inclusivity, awareness, and acceptance.

Our Vision

To be a campus leader in inclusivity and a resource for the campus community.

Why an Advisory Council for Inclusive Belonging?

Compliance—The law prevents discrimination based on age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, or qualified individuals with disabilities.

Community – With diversity in our community, our employees need to be diverse to determine and understand what appeals to or satisfies their needs and desires.

Creativity – The more diverse our employees, the more varied the ideas and solutions we can generate.

How does the council plan to promote engagement to create dialogue?

We will:

  • Promote a Culture of Inclusivity: The council will actively promote and advocate for a culture of inclusivity within Rowan Cabarrus Community College, emphasizing the importance of respect, empathy, and understanding among all members of the college community.
  • Address Social Responsibilities: The council will facilitate discussions among employees about social responsibilities and how these responsibilities intersect with the college’s mission. By exploring topics such as community engagement, belonging, and sustainability, employees can contribute to positive societal impact within and beyond the college campus.
  • Organizing Celebratory Events: In addition to fostering dialogue, the council will plan, promote, and execute events celebrating the diversity and differences within the college community. Events such as a “Multi-Cultural Celebration Day” will provide opportunities for employees to come together, learn from one another, and celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures, backgrounds, and identities represented at Rowan Cabarrus Community College.
  • Hosting Employee Forums: The council will organize regular forums for employees, providing a platform for open dialogue on topics related to belonging in the workplace. These forums will encourage employees to share perspectives, experiences, and ideas for fostering a more inclusive environment.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Advisory Council Members

  • Nikki Eubanks, Chief Human Resources and Equity Officer, Council Chair
  • Barbra Cooper, Co-Chair, Community Connections
  • Barb Meidl, Chair, Inclusive Innovators
  • Laurie Robb, Co-Chair, Turning Pages – Media & Book Club
  • Lisa Shores, Co-Chair, Turning Pages – Media & Book Club
  • Zhivi Williams, Chair, Programming and Events
  • Jay Butler
  • Imani Crawford
  • Janice Gibson
  • Amy Hathcock
  • Misty Moler
  • Ryland Gabriel
  • Parker Reinecker
  • Steven Saine
  • Laura Silva
  • Megan Smit
  • Candra Stallngs
  • Wade Vernon

Resource links to external sources are provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation, organization or individual. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external sites and materials referenced. Contact the external site(s) for answers to questions regarding its content.