Economist Anna Stansbury was the keynote speaker at the opening of the College’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Center on December 5th.
The opening, co-sponsored by the Hartford Chamber of Commerce, involved community partners and organizations, faculty, staff and students. The purpose of the EDI Center is to provide support for students to overcome barriers to complete their course of study.
Stansbury, a James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Ph.D Fellow at Harvard University’s Inequality and Social Policy Program, addressed the need for policies to address inequality to spur economic development. Her research focuses on labor economics.
Current priorities of the center, led by Associate Professor and Language Coordinator Carl Guerriere, include enhancing childcare options for students, creating space on campus for prayer and lactation, on-campus links for mental health wellness and developing a data base of resources and community partners with the college. The Center is located in a suite of offices on the third floor of the 950 Main Street campus in proximity to the LEAD (Career Development) Center.
The EDI Center is using a $30,750 planning grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to develop a three-year implementation plan by March 2020. KJR Consulting was selected to work with the college and stakeholders in the development of the plan.