President's Message

KatwaterHCC is proud of its commitment to maintaining the highest value assigned to equality, diversity, and access.  We have worked hard to create and sustain a culture that values each individual, each idea, each student, and each experience.  One of our greatest assets as an institution is that our staff and student population are reflective of our community and that we strive to provide working and learning environments that are supportive to everyone.  As an educational institution, this is a strategic goal of HCC as diversity adds great richness to our discussions and enhances all aspects of our operations.  
Sexual harassment is one form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.  According to its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. 106.31 (a), Title IX provides that  no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.  The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) states that sexual harassment is the "unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature."  Forms of sexual harassment can include stalking, implied or overt threats, unspoken sexual innuendo such as gazing at parts of the body, display of sexually oriented objects or images, sexual jokes, and sexual assault.  People of all genders can commit and be victimized by this violation.  Hillsborough Community College does not tolerate this behavior and will take forceful action in response to cases of sexual harassment.  For additional information, please refer to our Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Discrimination of any kind or condition will not be tolerated at Hillsborough Community College and The Office of Equity has the responsibility to ensure that we operate effectively and proactively under this philosophy.  The Office of Equity provides leadership for Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services and ensures that there is a fair resolution for anyone who feels that they have been subjected to behaviors or conditions contrary to those we value. 

The Office of Equity provides opportunities through ongoing training and dialogue to ensure that we cultivate conditions that nurture each individual, that challenge and engage our students, and that support our employees.   We believe that our greatest strength comes when we embrace each other’s differences and experiences, and by doing so we provide greater opportunities for success for all members of our HCC family.

Ken Atwater, Ph.D.