Capital Community College Launches New Equity, Diversity And Inclusion Center

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 Hartford, Conn. (November  25, 2019) – Capital Community College will celebrate the opening of its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Center (EDI) with a community breakfast to be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. on the college campus.  

 The theme of the breakfast is “Want to Boost U.S. Productivity? Tackle Inequality!” The featured speaker is Anna Stansbury – an Economics PhD candidate at Harvard University, a Stone PhD Scholar in Harvard’s Program in Inequality and Social Policy, and a Grantee of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.  

 The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Center is a space in which college departments and community partner agencies work collaboratively to serve, educate, empower and support members of the college community on their unique journeys to becoming who they aspire to be. To support Capital’s mission to prepare individuals for transfer education and careers, the Center is a critical space where complementary efforts to improve retention and persistence can take place in both meaningful and transformative ways. Programs and services offered through the Center are selected with intention.  

Informed by scholarship, culturally-relevant praxis, and strength-based approaches, the Center will meet and affirm students where they are currently, and work with students to develop a plan that addresses their basic personal needs, as well as their academic and career goals. As an institutional initiative, college departments and student organizations may work through the Center to host events that serve the mission of the Center.  This includes, but is not limited to, educational forums, student organizational meetings, guest lecturers and other special events. 

According to Assistant Professor Carl Guerriere, Director of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Center, “Capital Community College is an open-access institution, accepting all students who apply. Many of our students are first-generation college students: they often do not have the traditional knowledge base or supports from which most college students benefit.  Individuals who advance from a high school diploma to a two-year degree can achieve a livable income: that significant step can lead them out of generational poverty.” 

Unfortunately, though, many community college students do not graduate; this is not unique to Capital.  Issues of diversity, equity and inclusion are important aspects in understanding the students we serve and to developing strategies so they gain access to college, grow academically, graduate and ultimately, thrive. Today, more than ever, Capital Community College is embracing its diversity and is working to integrate approaches to equity and inclusion at all levels of the college. Capital’s EDI Center is uniquely poised to play a significant role in reducing the severe economic disparity that plagues our city, region and state, and setting its students on the path to success.” 

A continental breakfast will be served; pre-registration is required at https://metrohartfordalliancectassoc.wliinc34.com//events/Celebrate-the-Opening-of-Capital-Community-College-s-Equity-Diversity-and-Inclusion-Center-3806/details. Additional information is available form Professor Guerriere at cguerriere@capitalcc.edu or 860-906-5195. The event is co-sponsored by the Hartford Chamber of Commerce. 

About Ms. Stansbury 

Ms. Stansbury’s research focuses on macro and labor economics, and she is currently examining worker outside options and labor market power, and has worked on the divergence between productivity and pay, and on central bank independence. She has a BA in Economics from Cambridge University and a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. 

 About Diversity at Capital Community College 

Most of Capital’s students – nearly 40 percent – come from Hartford. Thirty-six percent of students, including Africans and West Indian, identify as Black or African American. Capital is one of the area’s first Hispanic-Serving Institutions, a designation signifying a student body comprising more than 25 percent Hispanic or Latino descent. Nearly five percent identify as Asian. Students come from approximately 50 different countries, most Spanish-speaking, in South America and the Caribbean.  The other students are from the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Capital is home to the oldest and largest academic English as a Second Language program in Greater Hartford, reflecting that a language other than English is spoken at home in more than 40 percent of Hartford households. Capital students also do not fit the traditional, college-age student profile: nearly 31 percent are between 25-34 years old and 25 percent are 35 years old or older.  Women represent 70 percent of the student body. 

About Capital Community College 

Capital Community College is an urban, two-year institution enrolling more than 3,000 students in Connecticut’s capital city. The college offers 60 academic programs in accredited studies preparing students for associate degrees, certificates and transfer, while its non-credit offerings prepare students for the immediate needs of the Connecticut workforce.  It is one of New England’s most diverse campuses with a 67 percent minority enrollment and was the first college in Connecticut to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution. The Capital Community College experience revolves around its historic eleven-story, Art Deco building in the heart of downtown Hartford, which offers unprecedented access to the city’s cultural and employment offerings.