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New Podcast Episode: Being a Change Agent - Exploring Equity in Education
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Lyndsey
Financial Expert
Posted May 12, 2021
“Displaced” is a word that comes to mind for many students entering the college atmosphere. Students often feel displaced, entering an unfamiliar environment where almost everyone is a stranger. For many marginalized groups, these feelings can be extreme. Being away from the support systems they grew up with can make it difficult to feel a sense of community. One person hoping to change this narrative is Oakland University’s Senior Vice President for Student Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer, Glenn McIntosh.

When discussing his leadership journey, Glenn explains, “Education was the only legitimate avenue to upward mobility. I thought the more that I could embrace the art of learning, the more I could change my condition, the condition of my family, and the condition of my community.” This led him to enroll at a university where he became involved in student leadership, which eventually sparked his passion for higher education and helping underrepresented students.

Glen is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable culture at Oakland University. When looking at diverse groups of students, he attempts to consider their experiences and perspectives and is always asking how developmental policies, procedures, and practices can be improved for students, staff, and faculty.  He asserts, “Just because you have diversity doesn’t mean you have equity and inclusion. Now we need to dig deeper into the organization and figure out, are there any systemic institutional issues in our policies, procedures, and practices that really prevent us from being that inclusive community. As we discover those barriers, we start to tear them down and replace them with systems, processes, and practices that really afford the opportunity for us to be that community that we are aspiring to be.”

Glen is very proud of the initiatives Oakland University has in place for its marginalized groups. Such support services include the Center for Multicultural Initiatives, the Gender and Sexuality Center, Veterans Support Services, the Women’s Center, and more. He goes on to describe how each one acts as a support system for people belonging to these underrepresented groups. This leads to increased levels of engagement and success in higher education. We then discuss with Glen how his role has changed over the years and ask how he suggests we can create change in our own communities.

To hear more about Glen’s story, Oakland University’s DEI initiatives, and how to become a change agent in your community, check out the full episode by going to Spotify, Podbean, or Apple Podcast.

Do you want transcripts for any of our episodes? Email us a request at [email protected] Transcripts offer an excellent way to have a copy of the tips and topics we cover in each episode.

Also, we have a contest! All you have to do is comment under one of our podcast-related posts. Be sure to tag a friend and include the title of this episode, “Being a Change Agent - Exploring Equity in Education.”
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Contest Rules:
Chances of winning are based on the number of entries during the contest time period. Only one entry per participant, per episode will be accepted. MSU Federal Credit Union and OU Credit Union employees, board of directors, and their families are not eligible to win.

You may also enter by sending a 3-inch by 5-inch card with your first and last name, address, phone number, and email address to: MSU Federal Credit Union ATTN: Financial Education Department: Wallet Watch Contest Episode “Being a Change Agent - Exploring Equity in Education” 3777 West Road, East Lansing, MI 48823.

This contest runs from March 10, 2021 through August 27, 2021. The winner will be drawn on August 30, 2021, by the Financial Education department of MSU Federal Credit Union, whose decisions are final. The winner of the gift card must agree to sign a release form allowing MSU Federal Credit Union to use their name for promotional purposes for Financial 4.0 and any future MSUFCU promotional materials.

MSUFCU is not responsible for any damage caused to entrants' mobile device due to participation in the contest. MSUFCU reserves the right to cancel the online component of the contest should it become technically corrupted, and the winner will be chosen from all eligible entries received prior to that time.

Winner understands that prizes may not be substituted or assigned.

Entrants agree by entering that unless prohibited by law, MSU Federal Credit Union may use, if entrant is a winner, entrant's name, city and state of residence, photograph, and likeness for advertising trade and any other purposes in any media now or hereafter known without further compensation, permission, or notification. Entrants further agree that the aforementioned parties and all of their respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, representatives, and agents will have no liability and will be held harmless by entrant for any claim, action, liability, loss, injury, or damage to entrant or any other person or entity, including, without limitation, personal injury or death to entrant or any other person or damage to personal or real property, due in whole or in part. MSUFCU maintains the right to change or modify these rules at any time without notice.
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