Diversity and Inclusion
About Camden County College
- Located just outside of Philadelphia, CCC is one of New Jersey’s largest public colleges.
- Three campuses plus a technical institute and a regional emergency training center.
- The Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility is part of Camden County College’s outreach to the local community. It is the goal of the Center to “create an informed citizenry with a heightened sense of civic responsibility.” The Center organizes two lecture series per year, free of charge to the public, by bringing in prominent academics and intellectuals to speak at the College.
- CCC is nationally ranked in a number of key educational outcomes, the College has a tradition of high quality education in a wide range of transfer and career programs.
The Digital Diversity Quilt
The Digital Diversity Quilt is a demonstration of CCC’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campuses. Submit your quote below:
We are better because of our differences
Human Resources is working every day to build a welcoming community for Faculty and Staff that is committed to the spirit of diversity and inclusion.
The Human Resources Department spearheads the College’s Diversity and Inclusion committee. Diversity and Inclusion are among Camden County College’s greatest assets. The Committee is dedicated to cultivating a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought and expression are valued, respected, appreciated and celebrated. It serves as a resource to our campus community by providing information, referrals, advocacy, coordination and support for diversity-related events, activities, initiatives and discussions.
Human Resources also has instituted policies and procedures to enhance recruitment and retention of employees from underrepresented groups through diverse search committees. Diversity, equity and inclusion questions are included in interviews and factor into the recruitment and retention strategies of the College.
Members of the Human Resources staff have received professional development training related to unconscious bias, assistive technology and job accommodations for people with various disabilities, the benefits of building an inclusive hiring process, and laws regarding ADA compliance in the workplace.
CCC DIAC will participate in “Denim Day”-Wednesday, April 29, 2020
For the past 21 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual harassment, abuse, assault and rape.
Getting to know Patricia Byrne
Patricia Byrne began her work at CCC as an adjunct in 1976. The following year, she started as a Title III Reading Specialist and eventually became a full-time faculty member with dual appointment in the English and Academic Skills English Departments until her retirement in 2011. She holds a BS in Education, an Ed.M., and an Ed.D. in Educational Psychology all from Temple University. Pat first became a foster parent in 1983, and eventually fostered and adopted many children with her late husband, Gus Csink.
In 1984, she started Family Friends, a family preservation project to aid at-risk families. This led to the Adopt-a-Family program at CCC, begun in 1985. Pat writes, “CCC employees should be proud of their efforts through the years. They’ve touched the hearts and lives of many, many families. And God bless Rosalia for taking on such a time-consuming task while working on her doctorate. She’s amazing.”
Getting to know Rosalia Denardo
Rosalia Denardo started at CCC in April 2003. She has worked as a C Secretary in Records and Registration, a Faculty Secretary for the Academic Skills English Department, an Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Transitional Studies, and an E-Learning Specialist in the Distance Learning Department, and now Assistant Director of the eLearning Division. All the while, Rose has been continuing her education by earning an AA from CCC in Liberal Studies, Social Science Concentration and a BA in the same area from Thomas Edison State University. This was followed by an MA in Online Learning and Teaching from Thomas Edison, and now she is in the dissertation phase at Rowan University for her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, focusing on community college leadership. Rose started participating in the Adopt-a-Family program in 2003 with Pat, and took over in 2008.