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Henderson Community College Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Technologies Michelle Chappell received the 2015 HCC President s Diversity Achievement Award for significant achievement in leadership in advancing diversity. The award was presented at a special ceremony celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on JanuarMichelle Chappell receives award from Dr. Kristin Williamsy 21, 2016.

The HCC President s Diversity Achievement Award is intended to recognize and encourage creativity, dialogue and action in diversity initiatives by an HCC faculty or staff member or a member of the regional community served by the college. It is supported by the HCC President s Community Advisory Committee on Diversity. Michelle Chappell has distinguished herself in diversity leadership through her service to the youth of Henderson County, stated HCC president Kris Williams.

Ms. Chappell has established two Henderson County First Lego League Teams. The first, in 2013 at the Henderson County Public Library, won awards during regional and state competition, including 2nd place in Teamwork. Ms. Chappell worked with the Henderson County Housing Authority CAT Center afterschool program to develop a First Lego League in 2015, which received the Judges Award in competition.

Michelle Chappell continues to provide service to the Henderson County Housing Authority CAT Center by hosting an Hour of Code program each December. Students learn basic coding; the national effort is focused on providing girls and underserved youth access to computer science skills. Both populations are underrepresented in STEM careers. At the award presentation Ms. Chappell noted, There is a need in this community to commit to the spirit of diversity through positive interactions among people of differing cultural backgrounds.