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Harold Washington College has been awarded the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Spouse School award for our efforts in creating sustainable and meaningful education paths for Military Spouses. HWC has been awarded this designation six years in a row.  

Professor Ivanhoe Tejeda was recognized by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) in their Career and Technical Education (CTE) publication for facilitating and establishing the Architecture Fellow Program in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC). Go here to read more.  

December. 2020
Dr. Asif Wilson, Associate Dean of Instruction, was selected as one of ten award recipients for the nationally-recognized Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates Award by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Asif was recognized at the Center’s 40th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience this week! 

Ellen Goldberg, HWC Director of Transfer Center, has been selected as one of three NISTSTransfer Champion -​ Catalyst Award Winners for 2021. The Catalyst Award recognizes professionals who are game-changers in the transfer field and have worked over time to make a significant impact at the institutional, regional, and/or state level. Awardees demonstrate evidence of leadership, appropriate risk-taking and disrupting of the status quo, along with using relevant research and theoretical frameworks to develop programs and services for transfer students. They ensure the sustainability of initiatives by developing staff and using data to make improvements.         

Bank of America has awarded the College with a $1 million grant to increase job opportunities, close the wealth gap, and enhance professional career tracks for black and Latinx communities. HWC is selected as the first educational institution in Illinois to receive a grant through this program. As part of the grant, the College will partner with Catalyte, a local tech firm, to provide students with computer programming training. The program will also develop students’ skills and enhance other industry partnerships for the College’s cybersecurity, software development, and business curriculum. Moreover, the program hopes to expand student participation in existing workforce pathways and placement services offered through our Center of Excellence in Business, under the leadership of the Vice President and Dean Shang-Kwei Wang.              


HWC was awarded the Illinois Humanities Grant in the amount of $12,500. In partnership with DePaul University, under the leadership of Associate Dean Dr. Asif Wilson, the team will explore formerly incarcerated college students' experiences at community college through Participatory Action (PAR) research.         



Galina Shevchenko, Assistant Professor in the Art & Architecture Department, will be featured in an exclusive broadcast at the Pushkin Museum of Fine arts in Moscow through their  "100 Ways to Live a Minute", a Digital Exchange project.         

Professor Dr. Farahnaz Movahedzadeh, from our Biology Department, was recently appointed as a faculty member at University of Illinois’ Honors College.​ 

Jacqueline Cunningham, ESL Professor and Co-Chairperson for English Language Learning and World Languages. She has been selected as the Chicago Loop Alliance’s September Loop Employee of the Month! Check out her incredible story here​     

Congratulations to Marcy Rae Henry, Associate Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts, whose work was nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prize. According to their website, "The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America." ​ 



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