Jul 29, 2020

HACC Establishes $1-Million Diversity Innovation Fund

HARRISBURG, Pa. – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is proud to announce the creation of a $1-million Diversity Innovation Fund dedicated to furthering inclusion and diversity at the College.
 
The HACC Board of Trustees recently committed to funding these efforts with $200,000 each year for the next five years.
 
“Thanks to the unanimous support of the Board of Trustees, this $1-million Diversity Innovation Fund will provide the resources necessary to enhance current projects and develop new and innovative projects, workshops and activities to strengthen HACC’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,” said John J. “Ski” Sygielski, MBA, Ed.D., HACC president and CEO.
 
Tom Richey, chair of the HACC Board of Trustees, said, “The Trustees have been and remain united and committed to ensuring HACC is able to attract, develop and retain a diverse workforce supportive of our ever-changing student population. In addition, through many of the initiatives that will be funded, we demonstrate a renewed commitment to create and maintain an affirming, welcoming and inclusive culture for our employees and students.”
 
Armenta Early Hinton, Ph.D., HACC vice president of inclusion and diversity, said, “As thought leaders, HACC is putting our core values into operation. This is an important moment in our history and higher education.”
 
The Office of Inclusion and Diversity and a collegewide task force will provide leadership and assess success metrics and outcomes of the proposed initiatives. Members of the task force will be appointed by Sygielski.
 
Planned Initiatives to Further Inclusion and Diversity
The Diversity Innovation Fund will be used to support the following initiatives:  
More information on how to submit proposals for support through the fund will be announced at a later date.

HACC Is a Leader in Promoting Inclusion and Diversity
Among the other initiatives spearheaded by Sygielski, who became HACC’s seventh president in July 2011, are:
About HACC
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