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DMEIP faculty leads Fred Gifford and Cindu Thomas-George

Diversity and Equity Infusion Project (DEIP)

About Diversity and Equity Infusion Project

The Diversity and Equity Infusion Project (DEIP) is a CLC faculty-driven diversity initiative that provides training and experiential educational opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators. DEIP work to help create a more inclusive, welcoming, and equitable college environment for the increasingly diverse population of the College of Lake County. DEIP workshops are rooted in academic theory, interactive, and designed to provide CLC faculty, staff, and administrators with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to better serve our diverse student population.

Project Leadership

Cindu Thomas-George and Fred Gifford (tenured Professors of Communication Studies) are the faculty leads for DEIP. In the 2011-2012 academic year, Cindu and Chris Patrick (now retired counselor and faculty member) worked together to create and establish this project, guided by a social justice framework in solidarity with subordinated groups. Both Cindu and Fred, who have extensive experience facilitating conversations concerning diversity and equity, are Intercultural Communication specialists and are committed to supporting the college’s commitment to increasing cultural competency and equity both inside and outside of the classroom.  

As educators, they believe that diversity and social justice education is the responsibility of all college employees—from the president to the custodial staff—and  they are invested in empowering and supporting everyone interested in creating a more inclusive environment at CLC.

Mission Statement

The Diversity and Equity Infusion Project (DEIP) is committed to creating awareness and understanding of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice concerns as they relate to everyday experiences, including teaching and learning in the classroom. We strive to prepare faculty, staff, and administrators to connect with, engage, and effectively serve the increasingly diverse student population of CLC. DEIP workshops work towards building an inclusive community of education professionals who are committed to ensuring that CLC is an inclusive and equitable space in which all students and employees feel safe and can fulfill their highest potential.

Project Goals

  • Provide educational and professional development opportunities focused on cultural competency, diversity, equity, social justice, and intercultural communication.
  • Prepare faculty, staff, and administrators to better understand and engage with their diverse colleagues and students.
  • To help create a community of advocates and allies that will help guide marginalized and underrepresented students in reaching academic success.
  • Create community and cohesion among college employees who are invested in helping to foster an inclusive environment at the college.
  • Create a space for like-minded staff and faculty members to engage in intellectually stimulating conversations about diversity, social justice, and equity as they relate to teaching and learning.


Workshops for faculty and staff are offered through the Professional Development Center (PDC).

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