Cultural Diversity

The Cultural Diversity Program was implemented to increase cultural awareness among HCTC’s students, faculty, and staff. Cultural Diversity can be defined as the major social constructs or social determinants of health (race, religion, education, sexual identification or preference, socioeconomic status, disability, etc.). The Office of Cultural Diversity’s goal is to ensure that students at HCTC and prospective students, are given the necessary tools to be successful in their lives, and ultimately, in the future, no matter your background. 

  • Sensitivity Training(s) (August)
  • Open House (August)
  • Cultural Diversity Awareness Month (October)
    • Speaker Series (PFE)
    • Student Forums (November)
  • Cultural Explosion (start-up—January)
  • Martin Luther King Day Celebrations (January)
  • Black History Month (February)
    • Cultural Awareness programSpeaker series
    • Women History Month (March)
      • Cultural Awareness programSpeaker series
      • Earth Month (April)

*Programs and events are subject to change, depending on the availability and budget

The MSLP works with minority students at local high schools, connecting the students to cultural opportunities that enriches their lives. The Multicultural Student Leadership Program creates a fun learning environment. MSLP strives to have minority students succeed at the high school level and to bridge over effortlessly into higher education. Each multicultural student leader will be awarded a scholarship by meeting the application and program requirements.

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 MSLP cohort

Program Requirements:

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


MSLP 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.


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.


  • Attend great community events
  • Special training projects such as mock interviewing
  • Job placement
  • FREE ACT Prep Training
  • Cultural Explosion Weekend (Spring 2018)

“This Month in History”

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.


Director of Cultural Diversity HCTC

Danielle King
Director of Cultural Diversity
Office of Equity & Inclusion
Telephone: (606)-487-3524
Cell: (606)-670-5571