SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On this day of a new beginning at the State House, a new Governor, and a new Lt. governor, The new president of American International College strategically charts a new path towards diversity for his school.
AIC President Hubert Benitez will immediately create the mechanism for a five year plan headlined- AIC reimagined-establishing an office of diversity, equity inclusion and belonging-starting off by implementing these goals in the classroom.
“It includes first creating academic programming, There is a body of education out there about diversity, equity, that needs to be taught. How do we create and environment that are truly inclusive for everyone,” Hubert Benitez, President of American International College told 22News.
President Benitez next hopes to reenergize Western Massachusetts by offering a community partnership- providing help to business and industry, non profits-As he put it, creating an environment built on the benefits of diversity.
“So to be proactive and take the lead and try to establish a program that centers around diversity, and inclusion which is truly the fabric of this region you want to bring everyone into the conversation,” Ray Berry, Springfield and AIC class of 1992 said.
President Beninez will create his office of Diversity with grant money from two of Western Massachusetts most prominent foundations-Both of whom have given him the green light to move forward with his plan both on campus and beyond its borders.