Community Programs

Diversity Awareness Committee

Appreciating diversity means acknowledging that people think, act, interact, and learn differently. The Diversity Awareness Committee (DAC) promotes valuing the impact those differences have on our community. These differences stem from factors such as socio-economic status, language, personal beliefs, political views, age, race, color, religious creed, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientation, ancestry, marital status, gender identity, etc.

As a group of dedicated faculty, staff and students, we draw from the remarkably broad spectrum of backgrounds and experiences of Housatonic's community members, as well as that of the Greater Bridgeport Community, to contribute to the academic, professional and cultural life of the campus.

In addition, the DAC helps to develop standards by which to measure diversity appreciation and awareness, sponsors diversity workshops that address topics such as classroom dynamics, bullying and religious tolerance. It partners with other campus committees and groups to enhance programming.

Click here for Diversity Awareness Resources and Links


Campus Diversity Resources

Diversity Awareness Links

  • PFLAG National
      The nation's largest family and ally organization
      Resource for finding local LGBT support
  • LGBT rights by country or territory      Wikipedia article about current, varying LGBT rights and laws by country or territory.
  • Human Rights Campaign
      Largest LGBT civil rights advocacy group in the US.
  • HRC International
      International section of HRC’s website which focuses on LGBT issues around the world, not only here in the US.
  • It Gets Better
      “The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual   and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes need to make it better for them.”
  • GLBT National Help Center
      Provides support, community connections, and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
  • The Bilerico Project
      Intelligent political and cultural commentary on LGBT issues.
  • The Advocate
      A leading gay news source, operated by Here Media, which oversees other leading LGBT resources, like Out Magazine and
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education

HCC Food Pantry


Three Food Pantry Opportunities On Campus

In an effort to combat food insecurity, Housatonic Community College provides students with three opportunities to receive healthy and nutritious non-perishables items, fresh vegetables & fruits and groceries.

Programs are open to all students and based on the honesty system and no proof of need is required.

MaskPlease wear a mask during pick-up.

Questions? Email us at


Location: Lafayette Hall, L207, 2nd floor

Walk-Ins Welcome - Sign-up not necessary! Students will be able to self-select items.

Dates & Hours:

Please check the website weekly, hours may change
Please check site for changes.

Students must present their school ID and be registered for classes in order to receive food. Students in need are welcome to visit The Pantry twice a month and receive a total of 20 items per month. Students are encouraged to bring their own grocery bag.

HCC Food Pantry is sponsored by Housatonic Community College Foundation and made possible with generous support from Stop & Shop

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Fresh Food Days

Walk-Ins Welcome - Students will be able to self-select a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Dates & Hours:

Please check back.

Farmer's Market Vouchers available in LH A214 Monday thru Thursday.

PLEASE NOTE: Food truck is canceled until further notice.

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Mobile Food Pantry

Fall 2022 Schedule

Check back for Fall 2022 Schedule


900 Lafayette Boulevard (pick up/drop off area next to the parking garage).

How does it work?

This will be conducted in a contactless and drive-through manner, and is open to current students, staff and faculty.

Mobile Food Pantry is a monthly visit made by The Storehouse Project

Girls In Tech

Girls in Tech

Please check back for announcements about our next Girls in Tech Annual Expo.

Where Girls Can Explore the Career Path of Technology

  • Experience hands-on activities
  • Learn about important women past & present
  • Meet professionals in the field
  • Workshops, exhibit booths , and guest speakers

QPR Training

QPR Institute

QPR Gatekeeper Training On
How to prevent suicide in your college and community

  • Check back for further dates


QPR empowers participants to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. People trained in QPR learn:

  • How to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis
  • Know how to offer hope
  • Know how to get help and save a life


The training is made possible by the Garrett Lee Smith Grant from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

What is STEAM?

The critical thinking skills and applications of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) are fundamental to the current and future workforce. STEAM is the newest approach in connecting national STEM initiatives with art. STEM + Art = STEAM. (


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Job opportunities in STEAM are consistently on the rise and in order to succeed in these STEAM areas students are required to have a strong and innovative foundation.

Why Housatonic?

STEAM Classroom Photo

Students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) can find over 40 associate degree and certificate opportunities at Housatonic Community College.

Mission Statement

STEAM Classroom Photo

Housatonic Community College wants to properly prepare our students for the economic future by educating and producing a strong foundation in STEAM. Students at Housatonic Community College can choose from over 40 associate degree or certificate options under the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math disciplines. We as a college want our students to be up-to-date and equipped for a seamless transfer to a four year institution and for the future labor market. Student success is the result of college and professional readiness. Housatonic Community College is in gear to move full STEAM ahead!

STEAM Classroom Photo

Looking to change your major to a STEAM pathway? Click here. Do you want to become a STEAM student or find out more information, please contact STEAM Coordinator, Robin L. Avant at .

Achieving Diversity and Inclusion in College STEM/STEAM

By supporting underrepresented students in STEM, colleges can better follow through on their economic promises to enrollees. Closing racial and gender education pay gaps depend on closing STEM education gaps.

Achieving the Dream
Aspen Award
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