Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, and Equity
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.
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).
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.
- 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.
Equity and Inclusion Statement
As the anchor institution for higher education in Harford County, Harford Community College embraces equity and inclusion as guiding principles in our mission to best serve ALL of our students and ALL Harford County residents. Collectively, we benefit from the collaborative learning environment that is fostered when everyone’s unique voices and life experiences are welcomed, shared, and valued. Our policies, practices, and pedagogies are designed to create a pluralistic environment that is free from intolerance, that honors our College’s values, and that includes all voices and viewpoints. We believe that such a diverse, inclusive environment contributes to student success by providing equitable access to education and learning opportunities. It is our goal and responsibility to eradicate barriers to student success to ultimately ensure our students’ needs are addressed and positioned at the forefront of all that we do. Through education, awareness, and equity-mindedness, we empower members of our community to contribute to the advancement of social justice in our global society.
2022 Equity Summit
DICE hosted an Equity Summit on campus on June 2, 2022. The event features a guest speaker as well as panels for discussions on issues of diversity, equity, and/or inclusion.
As part of the Summit, three awards were given to celebrate outstanding and substantial diversity, equity and/or inclusion work done by a member of the faculty, a member of the staff, and a member or group of the community. Recipients included Sharoll Williams-Love, Nena Craven, and Dr. Iris Barnes.
Harford Community College (HCC) is a two-year college that believes in providing an open and inclusive environment to all students and employees. Provided here are the Progress Reports on the Plan for a Program of Cultural Diversity submitted to the Maryland Higher Education Commission.