Hudson County Community College has named Danielle Lopez as their inaugural director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) for Accessibility Services.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“The entire HCCC family is delighted to welcome Danielle Lopez to the College. She will lead and support our accessibility and accommodation programs for students and employees,” HCCC President Dr. Christopher Reber said in a statement.
“In addition to serving as our Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 504 Coordinator, Danielle will be our primary compliance and content expert for all accessibility matters. She will play a key role in advancing our culture of care and our overarching priorities of student success and diversity, equity and inclusion.”
Lopez will manage and supervise the HCCC Office of Accessibility Services (OAS). A key component of her work is to reduce systemic barriers and promote disability awareness and a culture of accessibility.
In her new position, she will collaborate with multiple campus constituents, including faculty; the Offices of Academic Affairs; Student Affairs and Enrollment; and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Human Resources; Counseling and Wellness; Registrar; Public Safety and Security; Facilities; Communications; Information Technology; Legal Counsel; and others.
Lopez has a background in accessibility and disability services, advisement, and administration. For the past decade, she served as Assistant Director and Academic Counselor at City University of New York (CUNY) Center for Student Accessibility.
There, she developed and implemented best practices to help students with disabilities and diverse needs achieve academic success.
Additionally, Lopez served as an Adjunct Lecturer at CUNY, teaching psychology courses. As a Project REACH mentor, she assisted individuals with autism, coordinated curricula and service plans, and facilitated meetings related to academic, social, and professional development.
She also mentored students with disabilities to support their campus initiatives at the College of Staten Island.
“I am very happy to be a part of Hudson County Community College, where diversity, equity, and inclusion is valued and lived,” Lopez added.
“I look forward to working with our students and my new colleagues to further advance opportunities and accessibility for everyone at HCCC.”