We are profiling each of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council members in each edition of the college's newsletter – In the KNOW.
Meet Cheryl Frugé, director of Counseling and Disability Services.
Q. What’s your ‘why’? Why did you join the DEI Council?
I want to work with others to build a more inclusive environment not only for students but also for my coworkers. Inclusive environments help others feel comfortable, valued, and respected. When individuals feel safe and valued, their engagement increases, and in turn, better learning and work environments are created. Fostering a strong sense of community and creating access for a diverse population of students is important to me.
Q. What change do you hope to see?
Fostering diversity and inclusion must be about more than a one-day training or workshop at a workplace. I hope the council can facilitate and strengthen SLCC’s desire to empower students and employees to bring broader perspectives, talents, and beliefs to the forefront and feel comfortable to do so.
Q. How can all employees be a part of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SLCC?
Everyone has the responsibility to foster diversity and inclusion, and it takes commitment at all levels of an institution. Employees can engage in learning opportunities in the areas of diversity and inclusion. There are numerous articles, books, webinars, and conferences geared towards diversity and inclusion in the higher education setting. Sometimes, this learning can be uncomfortable, and we must uncover and challenge unconscious biases. If we make this a shared goal and acknowledge that we all have unconscious biases, then we can focus on moving forward together.
Q. What words do you live by?
“A life not lived for others is not a life.” ~Mother Teresa