The EPCC Board Chairman, Art Fierro, was recently elected to be the Western Region Diversity Committee representative for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
The Diversity Committee “ensures leadership for the involvement of historically underrepresented diverse populations within the governance activities of ACCT,” according to the organization’s website.
Art Fierro, Board of Trustees Chairman.
“I’m really excited to represent El Paso Community College and the Western region of the ACCT Diversity Committee,” Fierro said.
“What ACCT does in regard to the Diversity Committee is that it promotes respect, acceptance of diversity issues, awareness, and educational opportunities for underrepresented populations.”
Fierro has been serving on the EPCC Board of Trustees for the past decade and has been the chair for the past five years.
Fierro has been a proponent for diversity, particularly Hispanic diversity, by serving as president and CEO of both the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
He has also served as a board member for the Hispanic Leadership Institute of El Paso.
“Just by the nature of his position, he has brought about this equity,” Olga Chavez, director of Diversity Programs said.
“I think the president and the board have made strides to improve equity and diversity.
We’ve won five years in a row the HEED award for higher education. That’s an accomplishment, and it doesn’t happen unless you have some support.”
As the newly elect Diversity representative, Fierro will advise the ACCT board on issues relevant to the committee and urge them for their cooperation on key issues.
Fierro will play a critical role in promoting equity on college campuses, especially for underrepresented minority groups.
The ACCT as a whole works on reinvigorating the quality of higher education for all community college students.
EPCC’s geographical position on the U.S.-Mexico border diversifies the student population with Hispanic students and even international students from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
It is clear, through the words of Chavez and Fierro’s persona, that the institution is culturally sensitive to the Hispanic culture.
Aside from ethnicity, EPCC has also addressed equity for other marginalized groups. “[EPCC]
Marketing is required to put out that statement that there will be no discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender.
It’s because of the fact that everyone needs to be included in everything,” Chavez said.
According to Fierro, the Board of Trustees has promoted equity and diversity mainly through policy,
“EPCC is always on the forefront when it comes to diversity issues and diversity concerns,” Fierro said.
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