Dr. Gwendolyn W. Stephenson District Administration Center
President's Message
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HCC is proud of its commitment to maintaining the highest value assigned to equality, diversity, and access.  We have worked hard to create and sustain a culture that values each individual, each idea, each student, and each experience.  One of our greatest assets as an institution is that our staff and student population are reflective of our community and that we strive to provide working and learning environments that are supportive to everyone.  As an educational institution, this is a strategic goal of HCC as diversity adds great richness to our discussions and enhances all aspects of our operations.   

Discrimination of any kind or condition will not be tolerated at Hillsborough Community College and The Office of Equity has the responsibility to ensure that we operate effectively and proactively under this philosophy.  The Office of Equity provides leadership for Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services and ensures that there is a fair resolution for anyone who feels that they have been subjected to behaviors or conditions contrary to those we value.  

The Office of Equity provides opportunities through ongoing training and dialogue to ensure that we cultivate conditions that nurture each individual, that challenge and engage our students, and that support our employees.   We believe that our greatest strength comes when we embrace each other’s differences and experiences, and by doing so we provide greater opportunities for success for all members of our HCC family. 

Ken Atwater, Ph.D.