College wins prestigious diversity award

October 1, 2019


EPCC’s award winning commitment to diversity is inspiring positive change
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, proudly honors EPCC with it’s prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. 


EPCC along with 92 other recipients of the award will be featured in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazines, November 2019 issue.



Photo Courtesy EPCC Marketing

EPCC was one of the winners of the national HEED award for its efforts in promoting diversity.




The HEED Award is a unique national recognition that distinguishes higher education institutions committed to creating diverse and inclusive learning environments. 


This award is an incredibly important victory for EPCC because it commemorates the college’s bold efforts to promote cultural awareness, diversity and inclusivity. However, the college is no stranger to this distinct honor. 


EPCC has been a recipient of the HEED Award for the past 7 years. Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, explains that winning a HEED Award is no easy feat. 


“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees,” said Pearlstein.


“Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across campus,” she added.


Diversity needs to be an important topic of conversation because of the political turmoil dividing the country.


It is a conversation that needs to happen now, due to the lack of respect, tolerance and acceptance of others. 


People’s sense of civility and common curtesy is quickly dissipating, and this toxic environment brings about fatal consequences. 


The growing intolerance, lack of acceptance and blatant racism has encouraged individuals to commit heinous acts of extreme violence towards everyday people trying to live peacefully. 


“Diversity is not an easy thing to talk about but because of recent tragic events like the shooting that happened at the Walmart in Cielo Vista. We can no longer go blind to it,” said Olga Chavez, Director of Diversity Programs at EPCC. 


EPCC is doing its part in sparking positive change, by creating a place where people from all walks of life can feel comfortable.


The college’s mission of diversity, cultural awareness and inclusivity not only targets students and staff. It attempts to spread its positive message to the strong and loving community of El Paso. 


According to Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President. “El Paso Community College is proud of our efforts to always be at the forefront of diversity and inclusion.”


“The HEED Award validates the college’s hard work to champion diversity and equity,” said Serrata. 


EPCC is making a positive impact on the people of El Paso. Great change starts by something as simple as, being courteous towards others. It starts by looking past differences like race gender and sexual orientation. 


The HEED Award does not only praise EPCC. It speaks volumes about the college’s staff, students and the community of El Paso. 


“There is one thing I want to stress,” added Olga Chavez. “Diversity is about more than just race, gender, sexual orientation and religion.” 


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