Terry L. Walden, an academic advisor for Housatonic Community College (HCC) was honored at the 7th Annual 100 Men of Color Awards earlier this month. The event, held at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts on October 18, recognized those who have become positive role models and have displayed a long-term commitment to the betterment of their community.
Walden was nominated by a former Central High School student in Bridgeport, CT. At the time, he taught English there as a long-term substitute, and got into the profession with a goal of presenting a black male as an educator that students would have respect for.
“I always want to leave a positive mark on students,” said Walden. “I’m compelled to be of assistance, and believe that once you get an education, doors can open. So on a night that honors 100, I’m honored and humbled to be part of that collection.”
Today, he wears multiple hats at HCC, including Assistant Director of Admissions, High School Outreach Programs Coordinator and lead advisor for HCC’s Men’s Center. Walden helps students navigate resources, identify academic and career goals and find balance in their lives while prioritizing education.
“We are continually inspired by the extraordinary work that Terry does with our students,” said Dr. Paul Broadie, President of Housatonic Community College. “He helps them begin, maintain and complete their education, empowering them to connect with their passions, achieve their goals and advance their future.”
Photo Above: Terry Walden with Dr. Paul Broadie, President of Housatonic and Gateway Community Colleges.
Terry L. Walden, an academic advisor for Housatonic Community College was honored at the 7th Annual 100 Men of Color Awards.