Seminole State awarded ACCT 2020 Southern Region Equity Award

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Written by: Emily Hollingshead

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has awarded Seminole State College of Florida with the 2020 Southern Region Equity Award. The ACCT’s Regional Awards recognize the tremendous contributions made by community colleges and their leaders to meet the needs of their communities.

The Equity Award recognizes exemplary commitment by a governing board and president of an ACCT member two-year postsecondary institution to achieve fairness in the college’s education programs and services.

“At Seminole State, we believe students learn best when they are in a diverse and inclusive environment that supports their individual needs,” said Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity/Title IX Coordinator Janet Balanoff. “Through incorporating different viewpoints and beliefs, the College can support programs like Black Minds Matter, Women Moving Forward, LGBT+ Safe Space and more to better the lives of our students and employees. We thank the ACCT for this recognition as it brings attention to the important work being done by faculty and staff towards inclusion and equity, which is more important than ever.”

"ACCT is proud to shine a spotlight on some of the nation's best public servants and professionals through our regional awards program," said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown. "The 2020 awardees reflect the extraordinary commitments and accomplishments of the people who dedicate their lives to helping students succeed.”

The 2020 ACCT Awards program is sponsored by Edamerica and the regional awardees will compete for national-level recognition on Oct. 8 at the Annual ACCT Leadership Congress.

To learn more about what Seminole State is doing for equity and diversity, visit

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Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 100,000 credentials, from bachelor's degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit
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