Hudson County college gearing up for 2nd annual symposium on social justice in higher ed


Hudson County Community College is gearing up for their second annual “Teaching and Learning Symposium on Social Justice in Higher Education” later this month.

Howard University President Howard A.I. Frederick. Photo courtesy of Hudson County Community College.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

HCCC deemed last year’s symposium “enormously successful” and many of the nearly 500 registrants from seven states and 47 colleges and universities encouraged HCCC to make this an annual event.

“We are exceedingly proud to present this comprehensive symposium. It has been a full year in the making,” HCCC President Dr. Christopher Reber said in a statement.

“Realizing that the need for teaching about social justice grows more essential every day, Dr. Paula Roberson, the Founding Director of our HCCC Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation, has worked passionately to prepare a roster of important topics and to engage expert presenters from across the United States.”

The event will begin on Monday, February 27th, and continue through Friday, March 3rd, HCCC will present its Second Annual “2023 Teaching and Learning Symposium on Social Justice in Higher Education” free of charge to all who wish to attend.

The nearly 40 presenters and panelists include nationally prominent educators, authors, college and university presidents and trustees, community advocates and leaders, and students who will examine how social and racial issues impact employment, health and the health care system, the environment, mental health, spirituality, the justice system, corporate responsibility, and youth advocacy.

Reber added that this year’s symposium will begin with welcoming remarks from Dr. Brian Bridges, Secretary of Higher Education for the State of New Jersey, and former Vice President of Research and Member Engagement at the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

Furthermore, the keynote address will be delivered by Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick and Charles R. Drew, professor of surgery.

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