TMCC Student Services and Diversity Annual Report (2016-2021)

3 2019-2020 Priorities Student Services and Diversity Strategic Master Plan is consistent with other major planning documents for the institution. DIVERSITY AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER OFFICE (DISCO) The DISCOwas witnessing an all-time-high number of students utilizing the space in the Fall of 2019 and the beginning of Spring 2020. Because of the efforts of the EISO, including events held in the DISCO, TMCC was awarded the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Institutional Excellence Award 2020. Once the pandemic forced a pivot to remote interaction, both the Equity, Inclusion, and Sustainability Office (EISO) and International Student Services shifted to virtual events. EISO saw an increase in faculty/staff attendance to events focused on diversity topics in the virtual environment. Student engagement continued to be challenging as it is hard to replicate the drop in/hang out atmosphere of the physical space virtually. In Fall 2019, TMCC held a one-day symposium for International Education Week where TMCC Alumnus George Mwinnyaa fromGhana delivered an inspiring keynote address, followed by a global-inspired lunch and a diverse international panel, complete with students, staff and faculty. During Art Hour, professional dance performances from the rich cultural traditions of China, Uzbekistan and Argentina entertained the crowd in the Student Center followed by the Art Club leading a calligraphy workshop. International Student Services held the Coffee Hour series in- person during Fall 2019 and virtual for Spring 2020 with record attendance. ISS also held Virtual Town Halls and Virtual Social Hours to the current international students during Spring 2020 to maintain a sense of community with our F-1 student population.