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Library & Equity Diversity Inclusion Grand Opening next week at KCC

The community is invited to a Grand Opening celebration for the renovated Miner Memorial Library and new Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Kankakee Community College.

The Open House will be Thursday, Sept. 16, from 4-6 p.m. The Library and Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are both on the first floor at KCC. Tours of both locations will be offered at 4:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. There will be brief remarks at 5:15 p.m.

Refreshments and appetizers will be available.

“We are so excited to have the center up and running,” said Whitney Mittons, coordinator of equity, diversity and inclusion at KCC. “Students are already regularly using the space to meet up, hang out and study and it’s been really exciting!”

The Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion opened in Spring 2021. It is KCC’s hub for cross-cultural education affirmation and celebration, as well as a source for resources and support related to equity, diversity and inclusion.

More information is available at www.kcc.edu/EDI.

The library underwent a major renovation in 2020, and re-opened in Fall 2020. The library is now an area dedicated to collaboration and information sharing. It offers opportunities to engage with a variety of technology as well as areas for quiet study. The mezzanine level is the Student Success Center, with tutoring and an active learning classroom.

“Students have been enjoying the renovated facilities,” said Tracy Conner, director of library and academic support services. “Our study rooms have become very popular for group work.”

More information on the library and Student Success Center are at https://library.kcc.edu.

KCC is located south of downtown Kankakee off River Road, near U.S. 45-52, or take Interstate 57 to Exit 308 and follow the signs. The address for directions is 100 College Drive, Kankakee.

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