Diversity Innovation Fund
The HACC Board of Trustees has committed $1 million to a new Diversity Innovation Fund to encourage our HACC community to be fully inclusive with all employees and students who have been othered or excluded. The creation of this fund reassures those who have been marginalized that HACC is indeed a welcoming and affirming environment.
In addition, the HACC Foundation created the Fund for Inclusive Excellence to implement innovative initiatives related to inclusion and diversity. To contribute to the HACC Foundation in support of the Fund for Inclusive Excellence, please go to hacc.edu/givenow.
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.”
Details about the various project initiatives within the Diversity Innovation Fund can be found below.
The purpose of this position is to facilitate student success for men who have been historically underrepresented and underserved in postsecondary education.
- Create conditions for persistence for our men of color
- Enhance Foundational Studies courses for men of color with developmental needs
- Create and establish a peer-mentoring experience
- Recruit men of color from our 11-county footprint to participate
The outreach will use the Achieving the Dream’s model of the Minority Male Community College Initiative and Brother to Brother, a men-of-color program at several colleges that engages communities of color in admissions events, high school partnerships, internships and support groups to lead the participants to excel academically, personally and within their communities.
Of HACC’s students, 1,701 are Black or African-American. The program will serve at least 500 students. It is anticipated that HACC is positioned to create an environment of success for students of color, particularly men of color. We believe this initiative has the ability to attract men of color to the College.
This initiative will help remove institutional barriers to success through:
- Training for faculty help them understand best practice for teaching
- Advising and creating inclusive classroom practices
- Support groups for male students of color
- Appropriate curriculum design and enhanced student engagement
This fellowship is designed to provide support for HACC faculty who are interested in exploring their ideas for new initiatives to advance belonging, diversity, equity and inclusion at the College.
Full-time faculty were invited to submit applications for fall 2020. Those applications are under review. Information on a second round of applications will be available in late fall 2020 for spring 2021.
There will be two fellows per semester. There will be a $10,000 stipend for each faculty member during the fall and spring semester of each academic year.
The breakdown of the stipend follows:
- $5,000 for project development
- $5,000 for professional development
The goals of this fellowship are to enrich how faculty engage with diversity and to increase a broader influence of inclusion and diversity within our faculty. The fellowship will create opportunities for faculty to utilize their research and experience to create a more inclusive learning environment.
As initiatives are completed, faculty will be expected to:
- Summarize their experiences
- Submit their work to juried academic publications for promotion of the College’s inclusion and diversity efforts
- Present to the College community during collegewide events such as the President’s Symposium
All employees will be provided professional development opportunities to explore inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging concepts that will further enhance their understanding of these key concepts.
- “From Bias to Intentional Inclusion in Search Committees” training for employees to explore how bias can influence search committees and work against diversity and inclusion
- Anti-racism training programs that will impact how the HACC community engages internally and externally
This fund will also allow the College an opportunity to develop training programs identified from earlier surveys and seek outside trainers and modules, if necessary.
The goal is to create an environment that is inclusive through educational and professional development opportunities for HACC employees. This training will include online and in-person training modules on diversity, inclusion and equity.
These grants will encourage students and employees to:
- Enhance experiences in and out of the classrooms for students
- Create an environment of inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging
- Highlight issues of power, privilege and difference
We will seek proposals for projects and activities that highlight inclusion and are action-oriented. Possible examples are:
- Creation of a diversity and inclusion tool kit for teaching inclusively or making classrooms inclusive
- Collaboration with students to host a community workshop to explore a common diversity and inclusion topic of concern
Awarding of Funds
Grant amounts are expected to average between $2,000 and $5,000. Students and employees are eligible to apply.
Awards will provide seed funding for ideas that have the potential to catalyze a long-range and sustainable culture change at HACC. These organically grown projects will help to make us more inclusive. Priority will be given to ongoing efforts, as opposed to one-time events.
The College should fund 10 to 15 projects. The outcome will be innovative approaches to integrate inclusion and diversity initiatives into the fabric of the College.
These approaches will also increase understanding by internal and external constituents of factors that have created inequities based on race.
These innovation grants will allow us to broaden our institutional efforts in new and creative ways generated by the creativity and innovation of our employees.
In cooperation with the Student Engagement Department, we will host impactful speakers and engage the College and community in dialogues around inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging.
These inclusion- and diversity-related events would include:
- Panel discussions
HACC will gain a regional reputation as conveners of these topics that address inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging.
Collegewide Task Force
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 were appointed by John J. “Ski” Sygielski, MBA, Ed.D., HACC president and CEO. They are:
Assistant Vice President of Learning Enhancement
Dean of the School of Liberal Arts
Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics
Assistant Vice President of Student Engagement
Assistant Director of Student Involvement
Coordinator of Equity and Inclusion
Specialist of Financial Aid
Director of Men of Color Initiatives
Vicki Van Hise
Director of Student Access Services
How to Apply
The Diversity Faculty Fellowship is designed to provide support for HACC faculty who are interested in exploring their own ideas leading to new initiatives that will advance belonging, diversity, equity and inclusion at the College.
The goals of this fellowship are to:
- Enrich how faculty engage with diversity
- Infuse a culture of inclusion and diversity within our faculty through creating opportunities for them to utilize their research and experience to create a more inclusive learning environment
Two individuals will be selected for the Diversity Faculty Fellowship Program. Fellows will receive one course release per year, pending departmental and College approval, and a budget to support travel (as appropriate) to visit other colleges and attend relevant conferences in support of information gathering and idea development. Fellows will consider projects that:
- Contribute to further cultivating a diverse and inclusive learning environment at HACC. This could include curriculum or course design work or co-curricular programs and activities.
- Broaden access for students who are historically underrepresented in departments, disciplines or the College through student recruitment initiatives or faculty-student engagement in research.
- Create opportunities for scholarship in action by developing collaborative and community-engaged research.
The Office of Inclusion and Diversity is especially interested in projects that have potential for attracting and/or leading to external funding or that can be financially self-sustaining in the long term. Fellows will meet regularly with the vice president of inclusion and diversity on broader issues relating to institutional diversity and inclusion. Fellows also will have a place on the leadership team of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity to become familiar with the broader challenges and efforts to support inclusivity and diversity at HACC.
Benefits of the program include:
- HACC faculty will become more engaged in national conversations about issues around inclusion and belonging, diversity and equity in appropriate institutional context.
- Fellows will be a part of the inclusion and diversity leadership team.
- Fellows may receive regional and national recognition for enhancing the campus culture around diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Fellows will have an opportunity to develop innovative strategies that promote a more inclusive campus.
- Fellows will disseminate ideas beyond HACC, including among AACC institutions or at national conferences such as the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity.
All full-time faculty are eligible to participate. Successful applicants will receive a $10,000 that includes $5,000 for project development and $5,000 as a stipend.
Faculty will be notified each semester of the deadline to submit applications.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested HACC faculty should submit a detailed proposal of up to five pages. Proposals should contain detailed overview of the potential project. Proposals should be accompanied with the following information:
- A cover letter with name, contact information and department/college/school affiliation(s)
- An updated curriculum vitae
- A letter of support from the department chair and school dean or school associate dean
Email submissions as a PDF to Briana Legerlotz, coordinator, equity and inclusion, Office of Inclusion and Diversity, at email@example.com.
Fellows will be a part of the inclusion and diversity leadership team. They will be expected to provide quarterly progress reports and a final report with outcomes of their fellowship experiences. Fellows also will present their work annually to Cabinet and the Diversity Committee.
Please note that additional responsibilities are to be determined.
- You must be a current HACC student or employee.
- Funds must be used to cover expenses related to purchasing materials, equipment, supplies, paying vendors, printing or downloading paywall content, etc.
- Completed applications and any supporting materials must be submitted according to directions.
- Projects should be designed as a catalyst for long-term and sustainable culture change at HACC.
- Priority will be given to ongoing efforts, as opposed to one-time events.
- HACC student or employee completes Diversity Innovation Grant funding application form.
- Taskforce reviews applications.
- Applicants receive notice of approval or denial.
- Recipients are responsible for submitting required paperwork and overview of outcomes upon completion or at the end of the academic year
For more information about other innovative opportunities, please see the Fund for Inclusive Excellence.
Leadership in Promoting Inclusion and Diversity at HACC
Under the leadership of John J. “Ski” Sygielski, who became HACC’s seventh president in July 2011, the College has made great strides to promote inclusion and diversity. Some of his accomplishments include:
- Created the Office of Inclusion and Diversity led by a chief diversity officer position in 2016. HACC was the first of Pennsylvania’s 15 community colleges to have a Cabinet-level chief diversity officer.
- Committed to ensuring that HACC’s leadership serves as a model of inclusive excellence. During Sygielski’s tenure, 11 people of color have served on the Cabinet.
- Led development and implementation of two collegewide strategic plans, which highlight inclusion and equity in recruitment and retention of students and employees.
- Oversaw access and completion initiatives for underserved and underrepresented students including:
- Harrisburg Promise, a partnership with the City of Harrisburg and the Harrisburg Housing Authority that creates a pathway to postsecondary education for at-risk youth in the Harrisburg and Steelton-Highspire school districts
- S.T.E.P. Academy program that has helped both underemployed and unemployed adults and high school students learn the soft skills needed to be successful in today’s job market
- McCaskey Path Bridge program, in partnership the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and School District of Lancaster, that provides students with disabilities who have also been predominantly students of color the opportunity to take college-level courses at HACC with free tuition and books while receiving extra support from HACC faculty and staff. In 2019, the program had a 100% college-acceptance rate
- Garnered regional and national accolades for advancing inclusion and diversity at the College, including:
- Named Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges’ list four times.
- Earned regional and national Charles Kennedy Equity Awards from the Association of Community College Trustees in 2019.
- Participated in the #StopHateForProfit campaign by pausing all Facebook and Instagram advertising for July 2020