CCC hosts diversity discussion Monday

CLINTON — The Clinton Community College Diversity Committee will host an Occupational Diversity Panel discussion Monday.

The Occupational Diversity Panel will highlight people who serve in non-traditional roles throughout the community. In addition, Clinton Community College instructor Shawn Hamerlinck will review income stratification as it relates to gender in the city of Clinton prior to the panel discussion.

The Occupational Diversity panel discussion begins at 11:15 a.m. in the CCC Auditorium, 1000 Lincoln Blvd., Clinton. A soup lunch will be provided by the CCC Student Senate. At 12:10 p.m., the program will begin with Hamerlinck presenting his findings on zip code discrepancies. Hamerlinck has been tracking and teaching this for the past 15 years. His graduate thesis at Loyola University, Chicago, is in gentrification of abandoned working-class neighborhoods.

At 12:30 p.m., a panel will discuss non-traditional roles. Questions posed to the panelists include:

- Why did you choose this profession knowing it was not the norm?

- Are you treated differently in your profession, in college? If so, how?

- Tell us about awkward moments you’ve had with co-workers/clients/customers because of you being the gender you are.

- The Lilly Ledbetter Act was the first bill signed by President Obama when he took office. (It Amends the 1964 Civil Rights Act and calls for equal pay.) Why has it failed?

- There will be time for questions from the audience.

Serving as Mistress of Ceremonies is Adrienne Braden. She originally is from Tennessee and has been in the Quad-Cities for 5 years. She works in the Human Resources Department at Eastern Iowa Community College as the HR coordinator. Her college degree is in accounting from Tennessee State University in Nashville.

Panel participants include:

· James “Jim” Bull – Stay-at-home dad. He was a stay-at-home dad in 2015 (with Mia) and again from January 2017 to July 2018 (with Mia and Wilson).

After the plant he was employed at shut down after 7 years in December of 2014, he decided to take a break and work from home as a part-time accountant and full-time father. He wanted to spend time with his then-2-year-old daughter, Mia. After a year as a full-time tax accountant and financial planner for farmers, he took another year and a half of his life to be a part-time accountant and full-time father to Mia, 5, and Wilson, 1½.

Bull and his wife have been married for almost 10 years. He has been an accountant for 20 years. He has also held various accounting positions, including an assistant controller at Textron, Inc. in Decorah and finance manager at Ashford University. He currently serves as the accounting director at the YWCA Clinton.

· Justin Nylin – Nurse. Nylin is a Clinton native and graduated from Clinton High School in 2009. He has worked at Mercy in Clinton for 10 years and has been a nurse for the last 5. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids in 2013 and most recently graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Chamberlain University in Chicago. He has worked in critical care, as a house supervisor, and recently took a job running daily operations for a new Ambulatory Care Unit at Mercy.

· Will Wiesner – Elementary teacher. Wiesner is a Clinton native who graduated from Ashford University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in 2010. Since then he has engaged hundreds of students with his creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. He started out as a kindergarten teacher, then spent time instilling the love of reading as an elementary teacher librarian. Before attending the University of Iowa to complete a Talented and Gifted endorsement, he spent a year teaching third grade. For the past few years, he has been enriching students in grades kindergarten through eighth as a Talented and Gifted teacher for the Clinton School District.

· Hannah Johnson – Production engineer at ADM. Johnson graduated from Iowa State University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. She is from Cedar Rapids but now works for ADM in Clinton as a production engineer in the Millhouse Department. She has always loved math and science and wanted to understand how things work and why. She wanted to pursue a career that would let her use these skills to actually solve real-life problems and make a difference in the world, which engineering makes possible.

· Michelle Allmendinger – Coach, athletic director and assistant sports information director. Allmendinger is a Moline, Illinois native who recently returned to EICC. She spent the past 4 years at Michigan State University earning her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. Her research interests there included ethics and decision-making in higher education administration as well as issues of college readiness/transition to college (advanced placement, dual enrollment and developmental education) and issues of campus climate, student engagement, and sense of belonging for graduate students. Before returning to school full time, she served as the athletic director and assistant dean of students (for student activities) at Scott Community College for 4 1/2 years. She also taught, as adjunct faculty, in the Honors Program at SCC. Allmendinger has worked in education for approximately 20 years, beginning as a high school English teacher and part-time college coach. She earned her master’s degree in Sport Sociology and Sport Psychology and coached college athletics (women’s tennis and softball) full time for 6 years before moving into administration.

· Truck drivers Erica Springer, who currently is a student in the program, and Rachel Goodrich, a graduate who has been driving for a couple of years.

For more information, contact Mardell Mommsen at 244-7001 or mmommsen@eicc.edu.