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Palm Beach State College Mission provides student-centered learning experiences that transform lives and strengthen our community.

District Diversity Council

The mission of Palm Beach State College's District Diversity Council is to serve in a research, advocacy, and advisory capacity that contributes to an institutional culture committed to diversity through equity, inclusion, engagement, and respect.


PBSC's Equity Statement

Palm Beach State College prides itself as an exemplary learning institution committed to nurturing a community of belonging, free from the negative effects of bias, where students and employees are encouraged and empowered to celebrate our differences to continuously improve our culture of inclusion, where all are welcomed and valued. 

We at Palm Beach State will embrace the cultural differences in our students' learning styles in our pursuit of achieving parity in student success outcomes. We are committed to offering high-quality education, removing barriers that impede student success and replacing them with intentional opportunities to learn in a rich and culturally responsive academic environment, with the goal of offering equitable access and outcomes. 

To serve our student body effectively, we will continue to employ methods to attract and retain a diverse workforce reflective of our student population, especially in terms of faculty and organizational leadership.

Palm Beach State College recognizes that inclusion must be a core component of the institution's structure, operations, and functions if we are to succeed. Equally important is a continuous review of internal practices and policies ensuring alignment with our efforts towards conscious, inclusive excellence. Through these actions, we provide a space that will allow all employees to thrive in the workplace, empower students to serve their community, realize their goals, and become change agents toward a more equitable world.


Diversity Celebrations

January 1:  New Year's Day - New Yearfirst day of the year, celebrated in most Western countries. 

January 6: Epiphany or Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - to celebate the visit of three wise men bearing symbolic gifts 12 days afterJesus birth. 

Janaury 18: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. U.S. federal holiday that celebrates and honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who played a distinct role in the American civil rights movement. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

January 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day to remember and honor the victims of the Holocaust. 




Roosevelt Junior College

Roosevelt Junior College, Palm Beach County's first institution of higher education for African-Americans, opened its doors to students in the fall of 1958. Britton G. Sayles served as the president of the college as well as the principal of the all-black Roosevelt High School, which shared its campus with the junior college for the first year. The college became an educational and cultural pillar in the community, creating opportunities for black students to advance their education and enrich their lives. The push for integration prompted the Board of Public Instruction to close the school in 1965 and send its students and some faculty to Palm Beach Junior College (now Palm Beach State College). Forty-eight years later, Roosevelt Junior College lives on in the hearts and minds of its alumni, employees and the community.

About Roosevelt Junior College


Contact Info

The Office of Human Resources is responsible for all issues relating to nondiscrimination, sexual harassment and accessibility for individuals with disabilities and the department of Student Life addresses Title IX matters. Please contact the following:

Juanita Hook
Assistant Director, Human Resources and Equity Officer
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33461-4796
Tel: 561-868-3111
Fax: 561-868-3131


Penny McIsaac
Title IX Coordinator
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33461- 4796
Tel: 561-868-3277


Michael Pustizzi
Executive Director, Human Resources
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33461-4796
Tel: 561-868-3879
Fax: 561-868-3131

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