organization is first non-profit organization to be honored with the
April 20, 2018 / Jersey City, NJ –
Hudson County Community College (HCCC) will recognize Hudson Pride
Center with the College’s 2018 Heritage Award. This is the first
time a non-profit, community-based organization has been presented
with the Hudson County Community College Heritage Award.
The presentation will take place as part
of the College’s 41st Annual Commencement Ceremonies on Thursday,
May 17 beginning at 6 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center
in Newark. The multitalented actor Christopher Jackson, who
originated the role of George Washington in the Broadway blockbuster
“Hamilton,” will be the keynote speaker at the event.
A pillar of Hudson County’s LGBTQ
community since 1993, Hudson Pride Center provides leadership in
social justice advocacy and a lifeline for marginalized groups.
Located at 32 Jones Street in the Journal Square area of Jersey City,
Hudson Pride Center is the largest and only full-service LGBTQ center
in New Jersey. The organization provides a home, an array of
resources, a safe space, and voice for the LBGTQ community. Its
allies and volunteers advocate for physical, mental, social and
political well-being of the LGBTQ community in Hudson County.
Hudson Pride Center is dedicated to
improving the lives of individuals and the communities it serves
through its commitment to social and economic justice. Providing
professional training and education, the organization effects changes
in attitudes and behaviors among all who work with the LGBTQ and
HIV/AIDS communities. Hudson Pride Center assists governmental
entities in conducting needs assessments to identify unintentional,
yet pervasive gaps in care and community marginalization. Mobilizing
its volunteer and client base in response to calls for action on
social issues affecting the LBGTQ community, the organization
advocates for rights, non-discrimination legislation, and HIV
The wide array of services, programs and
services provided by Hudson Pride Center at no cost to clients
include social and educational groups for youth and seniors, support
groups for individuals, links to health HIV education and treatment
services, PrEP counseling, LGBTQ-focused community programming and
events, mentoring, career development, and more.
The HCCC Heritage Award was instituted 25
years ago to honor community members who have made significant
contributions to the College, its students, and families. Past
recipients include: Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise;
President of Lindenfelser Associates, Aerospace Consultants and
former Kearny Mayor and Councilperson Kenneth H. Lindenfelser;
principal Paul Silverman;
HCCC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Abegail Douglas-Johnson;
Union City science teacher Nadia Makar; Pastor and Overseer of Mt.
Sinai Full Baptist Church Mother Jacqueline Mays; United Way of
Hudson County President Daniel Altilio; Hudson County business leader
Raju Patel; retired
publisher Scott Ring;
former New Jersey City University President Dr. Carlos Hernandez;
Director of District Redesign & Leadership at the Annenberg
Institute for School Reform/Brown University Marla Ucelli; and last
year, Joseph D. Sansone, the now retired HCCC Vice President for
Development and Assistant to the President.
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NOTE TO EDITORS: A limited number
of press passes and parking vouchers for the
Ceremonies are available and may be secured by contacting the
College’s Communications Office at 201-360-4060.
Reporters and members of the media
covering the event may interview the College’s distinguished guests
in the VIP Room from 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. that evening.
Important Note to Media:
NJPAC regulations allow members of the media to film a maximum of 30
(thirty) minutes of video footage from proceedings in the auditorium,
and to air just 3 (three) minutes of that footage.