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The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PACDEI) provides leadership, support, and counsel in fostering a welcoming, diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that embraces our shared values among all HCCC constituencies. PACDEI contributes to the achievement and continuous improvement of policies, procedures, programs, services, and outcomes in support of a college culture that values, respects, and celebrates diversity in all of its forms.
We are happy to share The 2021-2024 Hudson County Community College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan with our community. This Action Plan was made possible by the dedicated members of the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PACDEI), and other key stakeholders. Please CLICK HERE to access.
HCCC is proud of its diversity, including having one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States. The College is committed to the value and principle that all members of the HCCC community should be treated with respect, dignity, and kindness. Our community celebrates diversity and unity, and welcomes all people onto our campus and into our community. We believe that celebrating diversity benefits everyone.
The HCCC community encourages:
PACDEI is broadly representative of the HCCC community and reflective of the diversity of its students. Membership includes students, faculty, staff, Trusteed, Foundation board members, and community representatives. Council members and officers are appointed by the President in consultation with the Board of Trustees, All College Council, President’s Executive Council, Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa, and other community members. The President will invite nominations, including self-nominations, for membership. Council members will serve three-year terms that are renewable with the exception of All College Council and student representatives, who will serve one-year terms.
The All College Council (ACC) will appoint two ACC representatives to serve as standing members of PACDEI. These ACC representatives will report to the ACC on the activities of the Council and serve as ACC liaisons for integrating the work of both organizations as appropriate, including the research and proposal of ACC governance recommendations pertaining to the College’s DEI action plan and annual goals and initiatives. The Board of Trustees will appoint a trustee representative, and the Student Government Association and HCCC Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will each appoint one student representative.
Current PACDEI Members:
Antonio Acevedo, Assistant Professor, History
Eric Adamson, Instructor, English
Archana Bhandari, Executive Director, Online Learning
Dr. David Clark, Dean of Student Affairs
Salvador Cuellar, Associate Professor, Social Sciences
Sharon Daughtry, Lecturer, Business
Claudia Delgado, Associate Professor, Academic Foundations Math
Reverend Bolivar Flores, Vice President, NJ Coalition of Latino Pastors and Ministers
Karen Galli, Instructor, English
Pamela Gardner, HCCC Trustee
Veronica Gerosimo, Assistant Dean, Student Life and Leadership
Floyd Jeter, Field Officer, Department of Administration, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Roger Jones, President, Jones and Associates Communications, Inc.
Dr. Darryl Jones, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bakari G. Lee, Esq., Vice Chair, HCCC Board of Trustees
Dr. Clive Li, Instructor, STEM
Jose Lowe, Director, Educational Opportunity Fund Program
Raffi Manjikian, Adjunct Instructor, STEM
Victoria Marino, Director of Career Services
Sylvia Mendoza, Associate Dean, Financial Aid
Reverend Thania Nunez, Human Resources Supervisor, North Hudson Community Action Corp-Health Center
Amaalah Ogburn, Coordinator of the North Hudson Campus
Dr. Angela Pack, Assistant Professor, Education
Tejal Parekh, Counselor, Educational Opportunity Fund Program
Jennie Pu, Dean of College Libraries
Yeurys Pujols, Executive Director of the North Hudson Campus
Dr. Christopher M. Reber, President
Alexa Riano, Executive Administrative Assistant
Michelle Richardson, Executive Director, Hudson County Economic Development Corporation
Warren Rigby, HCCC Alumnus, ACCT Student Trustee Advisory Committee Member
Jeff Roberson, Director of Contract and Procurement, Finance
Dr. Paula Roberson, Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation
Mirta Sanchez, Assistant to the Vice President for Planning and Development
Natalia Vazquez-Bodkin, North Hudson Campus Head Tutor
Michelle Vitale, Director, Cultural Affairs
Lilisa Williams, Director of Faculty and Staff Development
Elana Winslow, Assistant Professor, Business
Kyle Woolley, Interim Coordinator, Honors Program and Head Tutor
Dr. Burl Yearwood, Associate Dean, STEM
Goal # 1 – Supporting an inclusive culture of care at HCCC: Creating DEI infrastructure and developing training, programs, and initiatives across the College.
Task Statement: This subcommittee is tasked with recommending infrastructure; developing and coordinating DEI programs and training opportunities in order to promote diversity, equity and inclusion across the College.
Goal # 2 – Weaving diversity, equity and inclusion guidelines and practices into: recruitment and hiring practices, screening committee policies, promotions considerations, and succession planning.
Task Statement: This subcommittee is tasked with reviewing and making recommendations on recruitment and hiring policies, screening committee policies, promotions guidelines, and succession planning in order to promote a culture that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion principles and best practices.
Goal # 3 – Create clear and transparent processes for safety, security, and incident reporting that are free of intimidation and respectful of confidentiality.
Task Statement: This subcommittee is tasked with reviewing safety and security services and processes from the perspective of making improvements to incident reporting that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. It will review and advise on current practices of incident reporting to make continuous improvements in creating an equitable system.
Goal # 4 – Promote and support efforts that create fairness, community, and sense of belonging for students by advancing their academic development, professional growth, and personal transformation.
Task Statement: This subcommittee is tasked with reviewing the student experience inside and outside of the classroom to promote their development and growth by recommending and making improvements to the student life cycle in a way that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion. It will review and advise on current practices of the student experience to make continuous improvements in creating an equitable system.