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NOVA Wins ACCT’s 2022 Southern Region Equity Award

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is honored to receive the 2022 Equity Award for the southern region from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). ACCT's regional awards recognize the tremendous contributions made by community colleges and their leaders as they work to meet the needs of their communities. The 2022 ACCT Awards program is sponsored by Edamerica.

“I am delighted that ACCT is recognizing NOVA’s commitment to inclusive excellence with the regional Equity Award,” said Anne M. Kress, president of NOVA. “This award is a testament to the incredible dedication of our faculty and staff. Every day, they work to provide access to opportunity and deliver a world-class education so every student can succeed.”

“We cannot thank ACCT enough for this designation,” said Dr. Nathan Carter, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer (CDEIO) at NOVA. “We are so proud that when students walk on our campus, they see some of their own lived experiences and identity in our buildings, on our signage and in the classroom. As a national model, we will continue our work in this space to ensure all our students have equal opportunity to grow and be heard as they strive for educational success.”

NOVA’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strives to create and sustain a more inclusive and accepting college community by accepting different ideas, values, beliefs, intersectionalities, abilities and perspectives. The College has hosted regular “Listen and Learn Sessions” to hear and understand the challenges facing communities of color. NOVA has also held Equity Data Summits for teaching faculty focused on reviewing disaggregated data and understanding how high-impact practices and culturally responsive pedagogy can improve student learning outcomes.

Since Dr. Carter was named CDEIO, NOVA has received two grants to further its DEI efforts. In February 2021, the College received an Equity Transfer Initiative (ETI) Grant from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) focused on developing a workplan to improve transfer rates for Latinx/Hispanic student populations. In October, NOVA was also awarded a $1.4-million-dollar U.S. Department of Education AANAPISI Grant, which will provide support to AAPI students in need of educational and career-building support systems.

"Community colleges are unique institutions dedicated to making high-quality higher education accessible for all Americans," said ACCT President and CEO Jee Hang Lee. "This year's regional ACCT awardees represent the most outstanding people and programs from throughout the country, and we are excited to be able to bring attention to them."

The full list of awardees follows:

2022 Regional ACCT Awardees

2022 Trustee Leadership Award

CENTRAL REGION

Robert Proctor

Lansing Community College, Mich.

 

NORTHEAST REGION

Allen Williams

Monroe Community College, N.Y.

 

PACIFIC REGION

Deborah Ikeda

State Center Community College, Calif.

Ray Sigafoos

Yavapai College, Ariz.

 

SOUTHERN REGION

Andre Lassiter 

Roanoke-Chowan Community College, N.C.

 

WESTERN REGION

Diane Keller 

Central Community College, Neb.

 

2022 Equity Award

 

CENTRAL REGION

Lansing Community College, Mich.

 

NORTHEAST REGION

Community College of Baltimore County, Md.

 

PACIFIC REGION

California Community Colleges Board of Governors

 

SOUTHERN REGION

Northern Virginia Community College, Va.

 

WESTERN REGION

El Paso Community College, Texas

 

2022 Chief Executive Officer Award

 

CENTRAL REGION

Dr. Dorey Diab

North Central State College, Ohio

 

NORTHEAST REGION

Dr. Christopher Reber

Hudson County Community College, N.J.

 

PACIFIC REGION

Dr. Christine Johnson

Community Colleges of Spokane, Wash.

 

SOUTHERN REGION

Dr. Kyle Wagner

Northeastern Technical College, S.C.

 

WESTERN REGION

Dr. Paul Illich

Southeast Community College, Neb.

 

2022 Faculty Member Award 

 

CENTRAL REGION

Dr. Lisa Bergin

Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Minn.

 

NORTHEAST REGION

Patricia Maloney-Titland

Rockland Community College, N.Y.

 

PACIFIC REGION

Dr. James Chen

South Puget Sound Community College, Wash.

Dr. Karen Palmer

Yavapai College, Ariz.

 

SOUTHERN REGION

Benji McCollum

Midlands Technical College, S.C.

 

WESTERN REGION

Brian Anderson

Northeast Community College, Neb.

 

2022 Professional Board Staff Member Award

 

CENTRAL REGION

Heidi Soodsma

Lakeshore Technical College, Wisc.

 

NORTHEAST REGION

Monica Rausa Williams

Ann Arundel Community College, Md.

 

PACIFIC REGION

Mary Lou Hernandez 

Central Arizona College, Ariz.

Yvonne Sandoval

Yavapai College, Ariz.

 

SOUTHERN REGION

Michael Zanfardino

Midlands Technical College, S.C.

 

WESTERN REGION

Sharon Wright

Houston Community College, Texas

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Regional ACCT Awards were announced from August 1 through August 12 via ACCT's Twitter account. Follow us @CCTrustees to be among the first receive the latest news and updates.

Individuals and colleges recognized at the regional level will be considered for the national-level recognition for the following ACCT Association Awards: 

  • 2022 M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award; 
  • 2022 Charles Kennedy Equity Award; 
  • 2022 Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Award; 
  • 2022 William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award; and 
  • 2022 ACCT Professional Board Staff Member Award. 

One outstanding award recipient in each category will be announced during the Annual ACCT Awards Gala on Friday, October 28 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, in conjunction with the 2022 ACCT Leadership Congress.

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the largest public institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls nearly 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield (Medical Education Campus) and Woodbridge, through NOVA Online and high school dual enrollment. We offer more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs to help our students reach their academic and professional goals through university transfers and access to the most in-demand careers. At NOVA, we strive to ensure that every student succeeds, every program achieves and every community prospers. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, visit our website, www.nvcc.eduor call 703.323.3000.

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