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Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, and Equity

DICE Committee

History

Harford Community College has a history of promoting diversity and creating an environment that is open and inclusive to students and employees. In the fall of 2012, HCC established a Cultural Diversity Committee (CDC) to continue and expand the college’s diversity efforts. In 2018, the CDC decided to expand its mission further to embrace the goals of equity and inclusion, and the name of the committee changed to DICE (Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, and Equity). In 2022, DICE was named an All-College Committee and brings together members of the faculty and staff, from all areas of HCC, to work towards our common goals.

Purpose

The purpose of DICE is to advise appropriate committees on campus about trends, issues, or opportunities for the HCC community related to diversity, inclusion, culture, and equity. The committee both sponsors related programs by other campus groups and creates its own original programming to support its goals. Finally, DICE both maintains the Cultural Diversity Plan that is approved by the BOT every three years and writes the annual report submitted to the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

Subcommittees

DICE works on several projects and programs via subcommittees, which include:

  • Country of Focus: Every academic year, a country is selected to be the focus of programming on campus and in the curriculum.
  • Training and Education: Creates and administers training to HCC employees about diversity and equity.
  • Survey: Creates and administers a survey to assess students’ views on diversity and equity at HCC.
  • Website: Maintains the DICE web presence on HCC’s homepage.
  • DEI Summit: Organizes a one-day professional development event, open to all campus members and the general community, to be held on the HCC campus every two years.

DICE Programs

  • Annual Book Club: Every fall, DICE sponsors book club discussions around its selected book.
  • Country of Focus: Every spring, DICE sponsors programs and activities to highlights its Country of Focus. In past years, programs have included lectures and cultural celebrations, and selected Countries of Focus have included Cuba, Syria, Honduras, and Cameroon.
  • DEI Summit: In June 2022, HCC held its first DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Summit.
  • DEI Awards: Every two years, HCC will recognize a faculty member, a staff member, and a community member with a DEI Award for their contributions to these values. The DEI Awards will be handed out at the DEI Summit.

DICE Committee