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MCC counselor, campus leader Dachia Busch inducted into KC Black Achievers Society

June 28, 2021
By Tim Engle

Dachia Busch, MCC Counselor

The latest Metropolitan Community College employee to be inducted into the Black Achievers Society of Greater Kansas City is Dachia Busch, MCC-Penn Valley counselor.

The Black Achievers ceremony is usually held in January, around Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year, COVID-19 pushed things back, but there was an unexpected bit of good timing: The Gem Theater event was June 17, the very day Juneteenth was declared a federal holiday.

"Being inducted into the Black Achievers Society means growing, learning and contributing to their mission as a Black educator," Busch says. "I hope to contribute to the 40-plus-year history and mission that the Black Achievers Society of Greater Kansas City has for young people seeking their education or training at MCC."

Busch, who was nominated by MCC supplier diversity coordinator Chris Kelly, joined MCC as a counselor in 2007. From June 2020 to this May, she served as faculty intern program coordinator in the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion.

She is president of the College’s African American Faculty and Staff Association and the Women’s Mentoring and Networking Affinity Group. She’s also president of Penn Valley’s Faculty Association as well as a member of the MCC Faculty Senate.

This year 16 Black Achievers joined the society, which was founded by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II in 1974, five years before the former Kansas City mayor was first elected to the City Council. Cleaver attended the Gem Theater ceremony.

Busch joins a growing list of MCC employees past and present who have become Black Achievers (this list includes the campuses they worked at at the time):

  • 2005: Chris Kelly (before she came to MCC)
  • 2010: Joe Seabrooks, MCC-Blue River
  • 2014: Kirk Nooks, MCC-Longview
  • 2016: Tarana Chapple and Karen Curls, MCC-Penn Valley, and Crystal Johnson, MCC-Maple Woods
  • 2017: Victorie Edwards, Blue River, and Lyle Gibson, Gieselle Taylor and Terrell Tigner, MCC-Penn Valley
  • 2018: Jackie Gill, MCC-Blue River and MCC-Business & Technology; Ayanna Bridges, MCC-Maple Woods; and Christal Waters, MCC-Blue River
  • 2019: Chancellor Kimberly Beatty, Administrative Center, and Tyjaun Lee, Penn Valley and MCC-Maple Woods
  • 2020: John Hudson, AC, and Eric Thompson, MCC-Penn Valley

The mission of the Black Achievers Society is "to actively respond to the educational, social and economic needs of the community by providing role models for blacks and minority youth, and sharing knowledge gained through academic and corporate experience." The society also awards college scholarships to Kansas City students.