Office of Equity and Inclusion | HCTC

Office of Equity and Inclusion

Hazard Community and Technical College’s Office of Equity and Inclusion was designed to increase equitable and inclusive practices among students, faculty and staff. Diversity: expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status and political perspective. Equity: working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. Inclusion: committed to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. 

“Equity ensures that all have equal access to our institutions and academic programs. Inclusion ensures that, once access is provided and students are on our campuses, they are in an environment where they can be comfortable regardless of their background. It is very difficult to be successful and focus on the challenge that is a college curriculum unless you are in a place where you feel supported.  With equal opportunity and an inclusive environment, we are confident that the achievement gaps between the overall student population and our historically underserved populations can be closed,” Travis Powell, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Vice President and General Counsel, Executive.

The 2018 College-Wide Equity and Inclusion Workshop led to renaming the Office of Cultural Diversity to the Office of Equity and Inclusion. HCTC's College Leadership and Campus Environment Team developed an Equity Position Statement, approved by our College Leadership Team. Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) defines equity as striving to give all students what they need to be successful.  HCTC recognizes that equity and equality are not the same thing, and that students may have very different needs along their paths to success.  Therefore, HCTC meets students where they are and provides the tools and resources they need to achieve their goals.

Hazard Community and Technical College’s mission is to create a foundation where everyone is given equitable opportunities. HCTC’s high school program, the Multicultural Leadership Council (MLC) program encourages students to explore different cultures while providing educational tools to succeed at the high school and college levels. The MLC meets monthly to discuss college readiness and topical issues; ensuring students are culturally responsible. These sessions/workshops are providing the necessary tools, allowing students to understand the significance of cultures and sub-cultures: awareness and scenario-building help to reduce biases and prejudices, which can greatly impact all communities. Once students graduate from high school, former MLCs are eligible for further leadership and cultural opportunities through the HCTC Student Ambassadors Program.

  • If interested in the Multicultural Leadership Council program, contact Danielle King at dking0198@kctcs.edu or 606-487-3524.
  • If interested in the Student Ambassadors Program, contact Delcie Combs at Delcie.combs@kctcs.edu or 606-487-3100.

Application Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in HCTC as a full-time or part-time student
  • Maintain a 2.0 or higher to be included in the MCL cohort

Program Requirements:

  • MCL are assigned high school mentees
  • Each MSLP mentor must attend training sessions
  • Must attend fall and spring cultural enrichment trips

 

MCL Activities and Events

  • Community Play, Needle Works
  • Active participants in smoking awareness campaign
  • Lead student forums
  • Hosted mock interviews at high school

Hazard Community and Technical College’s mission is to create a foundation where everyone is given equitable opportunities. HCTC’s Minority Leadership Council encourages students to explore different cultures while providing educational tools to succeed at the high school and college level.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The Minority Leadership Council meets with their assigned mentees twice a month to discuss college readiness, job placement, wellness initiatives, and service-learning components. All of which create well-rounded prospective college students. Students who attend the program regularly are rewarded twice in the year with cultural enrichment trips.

 

John T. Smith Scholarship

  • Available to African American students who are Kentucky residents and who demonstrate potential for success in postsecondary education.  Must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and must be enrolled in at least 6 hours during the semester of the award.