Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Dear HCC Family,
Over the past few years, the focus of the College’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts has been to build a culture of belonging within HCC and to implement a vision that fosters success for all students from all backgrounds and perspectives. While we remain firmly committed to fostering an inclusive, welcoming college culture – we are also committed to complying with all legal requirements and operating within the guidelines of Texas Senate Bill (SB) 17. The new law prohibits DEI offices and the employment of personnel who perform DEI-related duties.
In response to Texas SB 17, the college’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer position is now being eliminated. Further, the Offices of General Counsel and Talent Engagement are currently studying the implications of the new law, and are working to identify any additional adjustments necessary to our organization. Dr. Darin Baskin, the interim DEI Officer, will return to his prior position as Director of Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and report to Dr. Kurt Ewen.
The creation, implementation, assessment, and completion of the QEP is impactful on student success and is a requirement of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This work provides the framework for improvement in learning outcomes.
Please join me in thanking Dr. Baskin for his willingness to serve as interim DEI Officer. His unwavering commitment to improving the student experience is an asset to the College and we look forward to his outstanding work in our QEP.