Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees meets monthly throughout the year to oversee the business and promote the well-being of HCC.
The board of trustees meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 8 a.m. in FR 309. No meetings are held in July, February, or December. Occasionally meetings may need to be rescheduled. The complete schedule, as well as agendas, minutes, and related materials may be found in the public records section of this website. If you have questions, please contact Karen Desjeans at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.552.2168.
Trustees By-Laws are available for download here.
Chair: Robert W. Gilbert, Jr., West Springfield, MA
Vice Chair: Suzanne Parker, Amherst, MA
Trustee: José Delgado, Springfield, MA
Trustee: Charles D. Epstein, East Longmeadow, MA
Trustee: Ted Hebert, Chicopee, MA
Trustee: Yolanda D. Johnson, East Longmeadow, MA
Trustee: Julie Pokela, Northampton, MA
Trustee: Lucy Perez, East Longmeadow, MA
Trustee: Evan Plotkin, Somers, CT
Trustee: Ivonne Vidal, Easthampton, MA
Board Statement of Anti-Racism
As the fiduciaries of this college, the Board of Trustees of Holyoke Community College are uniquely charged with fulfilling the promise of equity at HCC. At this time of national reckoning, we must acknowledge the racial injustice that is deeply embedded in the fabric of our country. It is the responsibility of each one of us to use this moment to educate ourselves and others, engage in difficult conversations, listen to our Black students, faculty, and staff, as well as students, faculty, and staff of color, and join with others to forge a truly just and equitable society. Toward that end, our Board is committed to:
- Affirming HCC as an anti-racist institution
- Examining the changes needed to ensure fair and equitable access to education for Black students and students of color
- Diversifying our faculty and staff to better reflect the students we serve
- Providing culturally responsive, anti-racist professional development for faculty and staff
- Engaging in implicit bias training
- Participating in ongoing reflection, education and action
- Engaging in Board training and professional development to support the work of the institution.
To all members of our community: We hope you will join us in listening, learning, and working together to uproot institutional racism. It will take all of us to bring about the change that is so desperately needed.
This statement was created in our Board Equity Committee and approved by the full board at the meeting on October 27, 2020. We continue to engage in conversations about equity, and appreciate the dialogue happening in all aspects of the institution.
HCC Board Chair