DEI Awards and Recognitions

Awards, Publications and Presentations

Diverse and Most Promising Place to Work Award

HCCC is the only college in New Jersey to receive this national award from NISOD and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) was selected as one of 24 community colleges in the United States – and the only community college in New Jersey – to be named among the “2022 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges” by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), in collaboration with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

The “2022 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges” recipients were recognized for exceptional commitment to diversity in all forms, including race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, class, and veteran status. A team examined recipients’ focus on workplace diversity, staffing practices, and work environment, and categories such as family friendliness, salary/benefits, professional development opportunities, and more. Click here to read more.


Higher Education Excellence in Diversity INSIGHT (HEED) Award

Hudson County Community College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Awards

We are delighted and honored to share the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity INSIGHT (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The INSIGHT HEED Award is the only national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campus. INSIGHT HEED Award recipients are considered "2021 Top Colleges for Diversity."

This is a prestigious national recognition and a testament to the excellence and commitment of our HCCC community to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in all forms. HCCC is featured in the November 2021 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity.

INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine

HCCC is one of five U.S. community colleges to be considered for the national Charles Kennedy Equity Award

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has been selected to receive the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2021 Equity Award for the Northeastern United States. The award will be presented on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the 52nd Annual ACCT Leadership Congress in San Diego, California.

As the Regional Award Recipient, HCCC will be the sole nominee from the Northeastern Region for the prestigious nationwide Charles Kennedy Equity Award, which will be presented at the ACCT Leadership Congress Annual Awards Gala on Friday evening, October 15, 2021.

The ACCT Equity Award honors leadership in setting policies that promote and enhance opportunities for institutional diversity, inclusion, and equity for women, persons of color, LGBTQs or members of any other underrepresented or underserved population that has happened within the last five years. Click here to read more.


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2021 ACCT Leadership Conference. Hudson County Community College, recipient of the The Northeast Region Equity Award.

HCCC delegation accepts the honor at ACCT Leadership Congress in San Diego.

A Hudson County Community College delegation, led by Dr. Christopher Reber, HCCC President, was present for the awards ceremony. The HCCC attendees included: Bakari G. Lee, Esq., Vice Chair, Board of Trustees; Pamela Gardner, Member, Board of Trustees; Yeurys Pujols, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Lilisa Williams, Director of Faculty and Staff Development; Jose Lowe, Director, Educational Opportunity Fund Program; Veronica Gerosimo, Assistant Dean, Student Life and Leadership; Dr. Alison Wakefield, Assistant Professor and Interim Associate Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences; Sharon A. Daughtry, Lecturer, Business; Amaalah Ogburn, Associate Director, North Hudson Campus; and Warren Rigby, HCCC Alumnus and former Student Government President. Click here to read more.


This award recognizes the College’s work to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in all forms,” said Dr. Reber. “It is a significant point of pride for our entire College community. DEI is a shared value and priority that has truly galvanized all members of our HCCC Family.


Contact Information

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
71 Sip Avenue - L606
Jersey City, NJ 07306