Meet the Team


Yeurys Pujols

Dr. Yeurys Pujols

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Yeurys Pujols is the proud product of a Hudson County Community College education. He has a 14-year career in higher education as an administrative leader and History instructor. He earned his associate’s degree at Hudson County Community College and went on to New Jersey City University (NJCU) to receive his BA in History. He received his Master’s from Seton Hall University in Diplomacy and International Relations and is now a doctoral candidate in the NJCU Community College Leadership Ed.D Program.

Over the last 14 years, Yeurys has held positions as the Coordinator of Student Services, the Director of Enrollment and Student Services, and the Executive Director of the North Hudson Campus. Congruently, he held the roles as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, the Deputy Compliance Officer for the College, Conduct Officer at North Hudson Campus, and the Co-Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Yeurys’ personal, professional and educational experience provides him with the needed perspective and empathy to address and understand the many issues that plague the students in community colleges, and with the means to create, support, and foster psychologically safe and inclusive spaces for all members of the college community. 

Click here to view the welcome remarks from the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at HCCC.



Natalia Vazquez-BodkinNatalia Vazquez-Bodkin

Associate Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Natalia Vazquez-Bodkin’s mission as an educator is to equip students with the skills needed for a society in which they will become moral agents of transformative change. Natalia has 13 years of professional experience in higher education in academic support. She is a graduate of Kean University and Arizona State University and has held professional academic support staff, administrative, and adjunct faculty positions at Kean University, Bloomfield College, and Bergen Community College. 

 Her area of research is in international and comparative education and situated in postcolonial and critical theory. Most of her research is grounded in the social-ecological model (SEM) to propose the use of the epistemological approaches within Indigenous knowledge (IK) and multiculturalism as cross-cutting interventions to develop curriculum that prepares students to combat both the climate crisis and issues of social injustice, in order to strike a balance between economic development, social growth, and ecological sustainability.

Quote: “Eurocentric hegemonic rule and western expansion have controlled much of the disseminated educational policy, practice, and research that inform both global and local curricula and pedagogical practices. Colonialism imposed social stratification, slavery, genocide, and the loss of cultural identities within the Indigenous and black and brown communities. To move away from the postcolonial condition, we need to deconstruct, decolonize, and reconstruct local systems of higher education that were created to support a colonial order and continue to reproduce the existing social system. Natalia Vazquez-Bodkin



Michelle VitaleMichelle Vitale

Director of Cultural Affairs for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Michelle Vitale is a curator, educator, and exhibiting artist.  For over two decades, Vitale has curated exhibitions and created supplementary programs which were featured on several platforms, including the New York Times’s Metro Section, on Verizon Fios, and at Parsons School of Design.

As an artist, she creates work to influence social change and draws inspiration from direct involvement with hurricane recovery, homeless advocacy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion community initiatives. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of the Zimmerli Museum, Hudson County Community College Foundation Collection, Montclair Art Museum, among others.

Quote:We all want something to offer. This is how we belong. It's how we feel included. So if we want to include everyone, we have to help everyone develop their talents and use their gifts for the good of the community. That's what inclusion means - everyone contributes. Melinda Gates, The Gates Foundation



Contact Information

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