Dear members of the Blazer community,
Welcome back and happy New Year!
For those of you who have been part of the North Lake community, welcome to the new semester. Hopefully everyone was able to get some relaxation time with yourself and/or loved ones during the winter break. For those just joining North Lake, welcome to your new space! We are looking forward to collaborating, learning, and working with you. Each Blazer contributes in their own way, so we are excited to see how our school will benefit from you.
Last week, Dr. Slejko paved the way for the new semester with many valuable announcements. Dr. Slejko’s first talking point was about the relationship between North Lake College and the Dallas ISD program. She shared data about the evolution of passing grades for Dual Credit students from Fall 2011 through Fall 2019. Additionally, she talked about the overall passing grades for all students, which ranged from C’s to A’s within the same yearly semester. Due to North Lake’s large population, Dr. Slejko talked about different services that are provided for students, including the Blazer Store, beneficial resources, and the movement of professors helping to meet the diverse needs of their students.
Likewise, Dr. Chapman’s main topic was about the difference between diversity, equity, and inclusion. He discussed a wide range of the types of burdens and personal struggles that a student may encounter before coming to class. He mentioned students likely often need support from their professors that goes beyond course material. He reiterated the importance of professors providing meaningful feedback and resources for students despite their religious affiliation, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation, skin color, and other diverse qualities. Both presentations were very uplifting, inspirational, and a great way to kick off the 2020 Spring semester!
After these talks, everyone made haste to the cafeteria to get some lunch! We were treated to lasagna, including a vegetarian and vegan option. Of course there was salad, bread, and cookies to go along with this. While eating, everyone enjoyed catching up with one another and swapping stories about their winter break.
After lunch, there were three breakout sessions to choose from, which we heard great feedback from:
Blazer Common Book: The Final Three
Healing Foods & the Microbiome
LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Training
Lastly, congratulations to our raffle winners who have won a copy of Blind Spot! This book was hand picked by Dr. Slejko, so we do hope you enjoy it. The winners were chosen at random! The winners are: