Danielle King








Danielle King
Director of Cultural Diversity
Telephone: (606)-487-3524
Cell: (606)-670-5571
Email: dking0198@kctcs.edu 

The Cultural Diversity Program

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 their 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

Cultural Diversity Committees:

Campus Environment Team (CET)

The Campus Environment Team was created as part of the Partnership Agreement between the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.  Its creation was mandated by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) as part of the Kentucky Public Postsecondary Education Diversity Policy and Framework for Institution Diversity Plan Development and continued in Fall 2017 as part of the CPE’s Policy on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  The Campus Environment Team previously had been the Diversity Team and the membership and scope was broadened and expanded when the Campus Environment Team was established in fall 2013.

Charge: This committee is charged with addressing campus and community issues with goal of improving the campus climate for minority students, faculty, and staff.  As defined by CPE, “minority”   includes individuals with disabilities, the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, veterans, and specific racial minorities.  The team’s work will be accomplished by identifying concerns, developing programs or strategies, and offering recommendations for enhancement to the HCTC President.

Student Resources:

HCTC’s Backpack Equity Project

Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) is aware of the Hunger endemic in the service area and would be honored to work in conjunction with the Emergency Food and Shelter for Perry County. The Emergency Food and Shelter for Perry County, hopes to eliminate inherent barriers and thereby, being equitable to communities in need. The HCTC’s Backpack Equity Project is directly aligned with the agency’s mission.

Hazard Community and Technical College would like to join this effort by helping to eliminate hunger through the Backpack Equity Project.  The project will be an extension of the food pantries that HCTC currently operates on both the Hazard and Lees College Campuses.  The HCTC Lunch Box food pantries have small items that are utilized as lunches for students, such as crackers and tuna or noodles. 

The Backpack Equity Project will take place under Danielle King, the Director of Cultural Diversity. Each backpack will resemble a regular backpack. Evidence shows there is a lot of stigma stemming from backpack programs due the backpacks’ identifiers of hunger initiatives. Staying within the parameters of FERPA, HCTC will not make or distribute backpacks that will potentially allow the student to be further stigmatized. Therefore, college students will be asked to make an appointment with Danielle King or any other designee. At this meeting, students will sign a consent form, they will be asked their food allergies, and given a backpack containing healthier foods from farmer’s markets (when in season) and possibly donations from local vendors.


Multicultural Student Leadership Program (MSLP)

The (MSLP) works with minority students at local high schools, connecting the students to opportunities that otherwise would possibly be unavailable to minority high school students. The Multicultural Student Leadership Program creates a fun and exciting environment that not only helps students to learn about feeling comfortable in a college setting, but allows students to become culturally aware. MSLP works to have minority students to succeed at the high school level and to bridge over effortlessly into higher education. 

  • Qualifications: maintain a GPA 2.0 or higher to be included in the Multicultural Student Leadership Cohort.
  • Student Attendance: Students are allowed two excused absences and one unexcused absence per semester.

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.