Council for Community, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our Mission

The Council for Community, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (known as the Council or CCDEI) embraces and endorses the state and federal laws and policies that have been adopted by the Commonwealth (See Appendix I), but wishes to go beyond adherence to the letter of the law and adopt a set of standards that expresses the spirit of the law. The Council wishes to create and sustain an environment in which all students and staff are respected and supported. The Council will:

  • Assess the campus climate relative to CCDEI issues to determine appropriate actions and interventions as necessary, at a personal, institutional and cultural level.
  • Establish educational opportunities and support to foster civil discourse and social justice.
  • Facilitate campus-wide reflection and dialogues on topics related to Affirmative Action and other identity-related matters, including but not limited to disability, class, race and ethnicity, and sexual and gender identity.
  • Participate in education and training related to CCDEI topics and become conversant in the subject areas.
  • Provide the President and appropriate members of our campus community with recommendations for policy, actions, and activities relative to CCDEI.

  • The Council shall consist of at least seven and not more than fifteen members representing faculty, administrators, non-teaching professionals, classified staff, and students.
  • Ideally, the Council shall consist of two students, a representative from the President's Office, and representatives from each of the six organizational units at the college: Development, Academic Affairs, Administration and Finance, Business and Community Services, Information Technology, and Student Affairs. Members serve as liaisons between their units/divisions and the Council.
  • The Committee shall include members from protected groups as defined by Affirmative Action law.
  • The Affirmative Action Officer shall be an ex-officio member of the Council.
  • Members must be employees or students of Holyoke Community College. Any member of the college community is eligible for membership.
  • Council members must have a commitment to acquiring a working knowledge of affirmative action law and policy, and endeavor to have sensitivity to CCDEI issues.

Jada Waters, Ed.D.
Academic Coordinator, Gateway to College
CCDEI Chair

Nicholas D'Agostino (ex officio)
Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator

Clara Elliot
Dean of Human Resources

Olivia Kynard
Bursar

Robin Rondeau
Senior Financial Aid Counselor

Idelia Smith
Assistant Vice President of Academic Administration

Marie Troppe
Director, Adult Education Transition to College & Careers


HCC Leadership Academy Committee

leadership academy

Effective Fall 2018, HCC, through the CCDEI, will launch the HCC Leadership Academy, an eight-month cohort-style program for interested MCCC and AFSCME employees who want an opportunity to advance themselves through a structured professional development program. The focus is for sharing important information about HCC's operations, recruitment and selection process, and providing an understanding of the skills one should acquire to maximize their full potential in their current position and/or pursue promotional opportunities within the college and beyond.

Key elements of the program include:

  • The opportunity and support to pursue career interest through reading material and educational/informational interview(s) with administrators in that area
  • Engaging workshops
  • Mock interviews
  • Growing a network of colleagues that you may not otherwise have the opportunity to meet or get to know

The academy consists of eight 3-hour sessions spread across the academic calendar (see schedule below). Participation is voluntary and will require the supervisor authorization.

Interested employees should apply using the online application. During the process and prior to the acceptance in the program, supervisors will be required to approve or disapprove the employee participation. Applicants must be in good standing with HCC.

2018-19 Schedule

October 12 February 8 (Snow date: Feb. 15)
November 16 March 8 (Snow date: March 22)
December 14 April 12
January 11 May 10